AceShowbiz - Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly have turned down title for their son Archie. For the reason, a royal expert claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex put parenting choice ahead of the honorary title.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton told Us Weekly that the couple fears of their son being mocked at school over the title. "[Archie] could have taken the title [of] the Earl of Dumbarton, which is an honorary title, but [Harry and Meghan] decided against that because they felt that the word 'dumb' in the word 'Dumbarton' would have been used as mockery when Archie went to school," Morton said while promoting the re-release of his "Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy: A Hollywood Princess" book.
"And again, it shows you their sensitivity to image," the 68-year-old author said. "Which is something, you know, somebody was saying to me [that] the other day that they contacted team Sussex and the first question [the Sussexes] asked was , 'What pictures are you using?' And that person thought, 'That's everything you need to know about the Sussexes.' "
It was also said that Meghan and Harry made it "perfectly clear" that they didn't want the 2-year-old boy to have a title. The couple, instead, hoped that Archie would be able to decide if he wanted one when he was older.
"Then we get into the whole business of whether or not a member of the Royal family talked about the color of the skin of Archie, whether that was graduated, the darker the skin, the less the protection and the less likely of getting a title," explained the author. "There was, as they both were well aware of, no chance of getting a title until Prince Charles takes over because they're only given the title of prince or princess [as] the son or grandson of the reigning sovereign and Archie was a great-grandson of the reigning sovereign."
Harry and Meghan welcomed Archie back in May 2019 and the boy was not given a title immediately. "The palace says it's nothing to do with race," a source shared to the publication in March. "Under royal protocol established by King George V, only those in the direct line of succession to the throne get the titles [of] prince or princess."
Meanwhile, Meghan said of the matter during the couple's tell-all CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey, "They didn't want him to be a prince or a princess, which would be different from protocol. It was really hard. … This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I'm going, 'Hold on a second. How does that work? If he's not gonna be a prince, he needs to be safe.' "