On May 6, 2019, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the first son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, came to the world. Thirty days after the birth there was a mysterious change in the birth certificate. The first certificate, which was registered on May 17, 2019, listed the mother’s name as “Rachel Meghan, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.” On 6 June the document was amended to simply read “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex”. England’s son Charles also added “Prince” to the document to complete his title of “His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex.”
That change in Archie’s birth certificate has seen the light almost a year and a half later, thanks to an exclusive from the newspaper. The Sun. And it is bringing tail.
That change has come to be described as an “unprecedented” measure in the history of the British Royal Household. Of course, the reactions have not been long in coming. The Duchess of Sussex herself, to settle the comments, has sent a statement to various media (including Page Six and Telegraph), in which he explains that the change of his name in the aforementioned game was made by Palacio. “The name change in the 2019 documents was dictated by Palacio … It was not requested by Meghan or the Duke of Sussex.” A spokesperson for the Duchess further points out that it is “offensive” to think that she wanted her name to disappear from those documents.
Among the speculations that have been made after the publication of the modification is the one that affirms that it was a slight from the couple to the Dukes of Cambridge, who have reflected the name of Kate Middleton in the certificates of their three descendants, George, Charlotte and Louis, 6, 5 and 2 years old respectively. Another theory considers that this movement obeys to a desire of Prince Harry to try to equalize his wife with his mother Diana of Wales, who in his day reflected in the birth certificates of his children “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.”
A spokesperson for the Duchess also points out that it is “offensive” to think that she wanted her name to disappear from said documents.
For her part, the writer and biographer Lady Colin Campbell maintains that what happened “makes us ask all kinds of questions about what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were thinking at the time.” Another expert on the British Royal Family, Ingrid Seward, considers that “removing the first name is extraordinary, perhaps a sign that Harry and Meghan wanted to do something very different with respect to Prince William and Kate.” The change to the certificate was made days before the Sussexes announced they would be severing ties with the charity they shared with Kate Middleton and Prince William, amid rumors of tensions between the brothers and their respective wives.
The queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, says “perhaps this was one of the first parts of her plan.” Within a few months, Harry and Meghan left royal life and moved to Los Angeles.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who turns 2 in May, is seventh in line to the throne. Despite the departure of his parents from the royal family, in January last year and that it became official in March, the little boy retains his royal titles.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex now reside in California and Prince Harry is scheduled to return to the UK in the summer to take part in the 100th birthday of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, celebrating the Queen’s 95th birthday and the inauguration of a statue in honor of his mother, Diana of Wales. Meghan Markle is scheduled to remain in the United States with her son.