Meghan Markle and Harry are said to have turned down the title of Earl of Dumbarton for Archie when their son was born. Royal sources say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had concerns over the word “dumb” in the name of the famous Scottish Town.
Due to royal protocols, Meghan and Harry’s first born also did not automatically become a prince from birth and is known as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The toddler did not inherit the royal title as he is currently a great-great grandchild to the monarch – rather than a grandchild.
Under the current rules outlined by King George V, Archie will only be entitled to become a prince once his grandfather, the Prince of Wales, takes over the throne.
However, royal expert Grant Harrold has cast doubt over whether this will happen as he highlights Prince Charles’ reported plans for a slimmed down monarchy.
The former butler to the Prince of Wales says he does not believe Archie will ever have any official royal titles, such as a HRH, or be offered an alternative to Earl of Dumbarton when Charles becomes King.
He told Express.co.uk: “It is difficult to say if Archie would be offered another Royal title in the future – and to my mind unlikely.
“George V patented that his children and grandchildren would be styled HRH, however as Archie is a great-grandchild of the monarch he was not entitled to an HRH.
It was recreated in the UK Peerage by the Queen as one of the two subsidiary titles for her grandson Harry, who became the Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel when he tied the knot with Meghan.
The existing rules surrounding titles are based on a letters patent issued by King George V in 1917.
He declared great-grandchildren of the monarch would no longer be princes or princesses, except for the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales – meaning Prince George is the only one to automatically receive the title.
But, this was changed by the Queen so the Duke of Cambridge’s other children Princess Charlotte, fourth in line to the throne, and Prince Louis, fifth in line to the throne, were also granted titles.