As seventh in line for the throne, Baby Sussex, whose name was announced yesterday as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, is entitled to be called Earl of Dumbarton. But because his dad wants his son to have a chance at a “normal” life, little Archie won’t be getting a title.
For those who thought the son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would be given the title of Prince, that was never in the cards due to an old-timey law that is still in effect. The law goes way way back to King George V’s 1917 decree that states only the eldest son of the Prince of Wales’s oldest son (William) is entitled to be called His Royal Highness and a Prince. And that honor goes to George.
However, this rule could be changed at the snap of the Queen’s fingers because she has the power to issue her newest grandchild a title if she feels like it. But, that’s not happening.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter told Fox News:
“He’s going to be simply known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. That gives him a greater chance of a normal life. Who knows what the future holds because one day his grandfather will be king. But it just takes the pressure off. There’s not so much expectation. He gets to be normal.”
“Master” is nothing to sneeze at. And it certainly doesn’t sound “normal”. But his parents get points for recognizing that a lot of responsibility comes with a proper royal title.