MEGHAN MARKLE’s occupation has been listed as “Princess of the United Kingdom” on the birth certificate of her baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duchess of Sussex’ son, Archie Harrison, was born on May 6 – but his birth certificate was only released yesterday. The certificate, from the Westminster registrar, gives previously unknown details about the young royal’s birth and Meghan’s official occupation. In the document, the Duchess’ name is listed as “Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex” and her occupation as “Princess of the United Kingdom”.
Meghan, a former actress who starred in a number of hit US TV shows, was born as Rachel Meghan Markle, but has always preferred to be known as Meghan Markle.
Even Buckingham Palace, upon announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, referred to her Ms Meghan Markle rather than Rachel Meghan.
The document also states the full name of the Duke is “His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex” and his occupation is “Prince of the United Kingdom”.
Meghan Markle has been given the title of ‘princess’ on baby Archie’s birth certificate (Image: GETTY )
The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (Image: PA)
The birth certificate also confirms Meghan delivered her baby at the luxurious Portland Hospital, which has been chosen in the past by Sarah Ferguson and Victoria Beckam, among many other A-listers.
The lavish hospital’s “basic” delivery costs begin at £15,000.
After the publication of the birth certificate, the London hospital congratulated with the Sussexes.
A spokesman for The Portland Hospital said: “Huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of baby Archie.
The line of succession to the throne (Image: EXPRESS)
Prince Harry revealed his firstborn was ‘a little overdue’ (Image: GETTY)
“For reasons of patient confidentiality, we are unable to provide any comment or information.”
Archie’s birth was registered by Prince Harry only today, as shown at the bottom of the document.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been retaining a number of details surrounding the birth of their firstborn in the past days.
Archie was born 11 days ago at 5.26am, but Buckingham Palace announced Meghan has entered labour in the afternoon – only to reveal half an hour later the baby had actually been born hours before and had already been taken to the Sussex’ home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s hospital dash mapped (Image: EXPRESS)
Prince Harry later said Archie, Queen Elizabeth II’s eight grand-grandchild and seventh-in-line to the throne, was “a little overdue”, which fuelled speculation Meghan had ditched her home birth plans and chose to head to a hospital.
But royal protocol dictates that details of a royal birth are made available to the public, as it happened with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, when she delivered her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The birth certificates of the Cambridges’ three children also list the occupation of the mother as “Princess of the United Kingdom”, despite her title being Duchess.
Meghan and Harry have openly asked the public and the media to respect their privacy as they wanted to maintain their birth plans secret, as declared in a statement.
Archie Harrison hasn’t been given a royal title (Image: GETTY)
And they look set to give their child a life “as normal as possible”, as stated by royal expert Daniela Elser, helped by the fact Archie has not been given so far a royal title.
Ms Elser told News.com.au: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided against letting their son be titled the Earl of Dumbarton, rather he will be known by the more democratic Master.
“Their reasoning is simple: they want the lad to have as normal a life as possible, unencumbered by a future of plaque unveilings, horseshows and endless Commonwealth cocktail parties.
“Also, perhaps more importantly, they want to keep him as far away from the glare of the intrusive, insatiable press as they can short of forcing him to grow up on an isolated Pacific atoll with no Wi-Fi.”
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