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Is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Son Archie a Prince?

Baby Archie May Not Have a Title Now, but He WILL Be a Prince One Day — Here's Why

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in May 2019, they decided not to give him a royal title. Mountbatten-Windsor is the official last name used for members of the queen's family who do not have the "royal highness" styling. Since stepping away as senior members of the royal family, Meghan and Harry have opted to give their son a more normal upbringing in the Unites States, but he will become a prince eventually.

Archie will become Prince Archie when Charles becomes king.
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Per the rules of peerage, which dictate British royal titles, Archie will become a prince when his grandfather Prince Charles becomes king. The current rules, issued by King George V in 1917, state that the title of prince or princess goes to the sons and daughters of the sovereign, grandchildren born to the sovereign's sons, and the eldest son of the Prince of Wales's eldest son (who would be Prince George today). This is why Prince Andrew's children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, are princesses, while Princess Anne's children, Peter and Zara Phillips, are not. The queen reportedly offered a "courtesy" title to Zara and Peter, but Princess Anne apparently declined.

The queen did make a change in 2012, decreeing that all children born to the eldest son of the Prince of Wales (aka Prince William) would have the title prince or princess upon birth. Thus, we have Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. If the queen offered to do the same for Harry's children, it appears he and Meghan have turned her down. Assuming no more changes to the rules are made, Archie would become a prince when Charles becomes king — since the 1917 rule states that grandchildren born to the sovereign's sons are princes or princess. Archie could also inherit the Duke of Sussex and other titles from Harry one day. Archie is already entitled to use one of Harry's "lesser" titles, like the Earl of Dumbarton, but it appears they have decided not to use that either.

Of course, Archie could decline to use the prince title when grandpa Charles becomes king. Today, Kate and Charles's wife, Camilla, use their duchess titles instead of the princess title they have by virtue of being married to a prince. (You may recall Kate's occupation was listed as "princess of the United Kingdom" on Prince George's birth certificate.) Whether or not he uses it, we think Prince Archie has a good ring to it.

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