Meghan Markle ‘may have been wrong’ to say that her son Archie should’ve been given the title of Prince, her friend and biographer Omid Scobie said.
In the tell-all interview with Oprah, the 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex said that her child wasn’t given the title because of a change in protocol.
She also implied that the decision was made because of concerns over Archie’s skin.
Speaking in a new documentary, Prince Harry and Meghan’s biographer said that ‘there’s more to the story.’
“If we are only going by what Meghan said to Oprah and what the palace have said so far about the situation with Archie, perhaps one can assume that Meghan was wrong in her interpretation of it. But we also know that there is much more to this story that we don’t know about,” he said.
During the Oprah interview in March, the Duchess of Sussex insisted that she held no attachment to the ‘grandeur’ of official titles until she found out it meant her son would not get security unless he was a prince.
“In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time…. so we have in tandem the conversation of “He won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title,” and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Meghan said.
“And so, I think even with that convention I’m talking about, while I was pregnant, they said they want to change the convention for Archie,” she continued.
But Archie, who goes by Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, did not have a birthright to be a prince because of a protocol held for over a century.
King George V issued a written order in 1917 that only royal offspring who are in the direct line of succession could be made a prince and receive HRH titles.
According to the Letters Patent, “…the grandchildren of the sons of any such sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms.”
The rules meant only Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest son Prince George was originally entitled to be a prince.
Before Prince George’s birth, the Queen issued a Letters Patent to ensure all of his siblings – the children of future monarch William – would also have titles. This meant they were extended to Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Meanwhile, Royal Katie Nicholl said Meghan’s remarks were ‘misleading’ and argued the couple would’ve known about the constitutional position regarding their son not receiving the title of a prince.
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