Many interested individuals following the royal family or particularly following the on-goings between the royal family and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s little family, the news that this couple is expecting again brings up a lot of interesting questions and thoughts. One of the biggest questions most people have right now is whether this second child will have a royal title or not, similarly to how many wondered whether Archie would have a title before he wasn’t given one.
The couple had a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey on television that discussed why Archie did not get a royal title as well as gave some clarification on what rules meant their children wouldn’t have a title right now. Meghan claims that it was not their little family’s decision as to whether Archie had a title or not, and the argument happened quite a lot over the time of her first pregnancy. She says that the choice was made for them by the royal family’s institution.
With the royal family, a royal title also entitles a child or individual to the security that comes with royal family members to keep them safe. This is especially important when the royal family is always under heavy attention and scrutiny in their lives from multiple countries. Meghan’s explanation of Archie’s title argument was mainly highlighting the security protection he wasn’t allowed to have, which was distressing for her as a mother when she knew that herself and Prince Harry are quite often in the news and watched.
Meghan went on to discuss that when she was pregnant with Archie the denial of him having a title was something that wasn’t normal, and the further denial of security was hard to handle for her and Prince Harry as far as wanting their child to be the safest he can be. She told the Firm that they are the ones who allowed Prince Harry and Meghan to be under constant scrutiny and in the tabloids and news, and supposedly tried to fight for Archie to have protection even if they wanted to deny giving the baby the title of Prince or Princess so that their media attention wouldn’t put their new child at risk.
It became clearer throughout Meghan’s discussion during this interview that there is a lot of bitterness harbored over this process that went on when she was pregnant with Archie and the supposed straying from normal rules that the royal Firm seemed to undergo when it came to Archie’s royal title. While Meghan was pregnant it was revealed that Archie was eligible to have a subsidiary title from Prince Harry, but not a title as prince or princess which was supposed to be granted to all grandchildren of the monarch. This conversation and release of frustrations and behind-the-scenes information of what happened when discussing Archie’s royal title or lack thereof during Meghan’s pregnancy went on for some time.
Theoretically Prince Harry and Meghan’s youngest child-to-be, the pregnancy was revealed to the public this past Valentine’s Day which was a possible tribute to Princess Diana’s own reveal of her pregnancy with Harry, would be given the royal title of Lord or Lady within the royal rules. However, those that have followed the families suspect this child will most likely not be granted their royal title as traditions follow either if Archie did not get the title of Prince. Clarifications from experts have been added that without a royal title the new child will just be titled Master or Miss, and both Archie and the new baby will still have the convention that they will be granted royal titles if/when Prince Charles rises to the throne.
Even more discussion has continued throughout this interview as well as previous occurrences of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle discussing the royal family and its titles. It seems that the convention allowing HRH titles for their children once Prince Charles reaches the throne may even be altered before that happened because of the straying from the usage of royal highness title ownership for male-line grandchildren of the monarch. Harry and Meghan both have mentioned such a change being possible, and don’t doubt it occurring in the near future.
So, it overall seems that this second child of Prince Harry and Meghan will not be eligible for the traditional royal title that it should be granted by normal rules just like Archie was not, at least until Prince Charles is in the throne, and what titles they may have in the future can be subject to change. Hopefully more clarification and open talk on this subject may follow in the near future so that those interested in the royal family or in Prince Harry’s little family will be given complete clarity or info on the on-goings of this rocky relationship.