While there has been a lot of scandal around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, something has come up to light creating some backlash against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (if that could be more possible.) Apparently, the couple rejected a royal title for their son Archie, for one of the most unrealistic reasons.
Surely if someone comes to you and offers a royal title you will not think twice and accept it right? Well, apparently Meghan Markle and Prince Harry rejected this honor but not for them but for their little baby Archie. The reason? It sounded dumb, and that is not a euphemism.
The Telegraph reports that, as someone in the royal line of succession, Archie had the option of being named "Earl of Dumbarton " since Harry and Meghan were given the titles "Duke and Duchess of Sussex," "Earl and Countess of Dumbarton," and "Baron and Baroness Kilkeel" by the Queen when they were married. But Harry and Meghan said no for fear it could lead to bullying. "They didn’t like the idea of Archie being called the Earl of Dumbarton because it began with the word ‘dumb’ and they were worried about how that might look," a source told the outlet. So, their firstborn does not have a title and instead is “simply” called "Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor."
The Dumbarton title is Harry's Scottish title, while Baron Kilkeel is what he is known as in Northern Ireland. Created in 1675 for Lord George Douglas following his service in the Franco-Dutch War, the title became extinct in 1749, after his last ancestor died without a male heir.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had an ongoing battle with the British royals since they revealed in the interview with Oprah Winfrey that they wanted a title for their son in order to protect him and give him some security. Meghan even revealed that the royal family did not want Archie to be a prince because of his race claiming at the time that rather than caring about the grandeur of the title, she was more concerned that a lack of title meant a lack of security for her son. more specifically,
Meghan declared “They said he’s not going to get security because he’s not going to be a prince. Okay, well, he needs to be safe so we’re not saying don’t make him a prince or princess, but if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect that protection, we haven’t created this monster machine around us in terms of clickbait and tabloid fodder. You’ve allowed that to happen, which means our son needs to be safe.”
We hope Queen Elizabeth II continues on the throne for many more years of course, but recently it was revealed that when Prince Charles ascends as King, he will "change key legal documents" (presumably the 1917 Letters Patent) to make sure Archie (and, now his little sister Lilibet) don't inherit royal titles when he takes the throne, as they once would have.