ROYAL baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was introduced to the world this week and notably, his name revealed he has no official title – but what freedoms will this grant Archie over his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis?
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry proudly showed off their son at Windsor Castle on Wednesday two days after he was born. The royal baby’s name was revealed later that afternoon in a post on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Instagram account. The message read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. “This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle.
“The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess’s mother were also present for this special occasion.”
An adorable picture of Meghan cradling Archie as he met the Queen and Prince Philip looked on by grandmother Doria Ragland and Harry accompanied the picture.
And royal fans quickly noticed Archie had not been given a title.
Speculation had been rife that the might have become the Earl of Dumbarton, as a nod to one of Prince Harry’s subsidiary titles.
Royal baby: Archie will have more freedom than Prince George and Princess Charlotte do (Image: PA/Getty)
Equally he could have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, instead, he will be known as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Archie’s cousins – Princes George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – will have greater restrictions placed on them in the future because of their royal titles.
And there is one major thing Meghan and Harry’s son will be able to do that the Cambridge children cannot, according to royal commentator James Brookes.
He told Express.co.uk: “Archie is unlikely to ever be King and so he’ll be able to look at more ’normal’ career paths as he grows up.
Royal baby: Kate, Duchess of Cambridge having fun with Prince George and Princess Charlotte (Image: Getty)
“That’s also helped, of course, by the fact Harry and Meghan have opted not to give him a title from birth.
“It means if he wants to branch out into the world of business or become actively involved with humanitarian or charity efforts in the future, he’s more comfortably placed to do so.”
A good example of this is Princess Anne’s children, Zara Phillips and Zara Tindall, who were not given titles by their mother.
This enabled Zara to forge a successful equestrian career, winning a silver medal as a member of the British Equestrian team in 2012 London Olympics.
Peter has been a prominent name in the sports and corporate hospitality – he is currently Chairman and CEO of City Racing.
Mr Brookes said Princess Anne’s decision had been so her children “could grow up more normally”.
Royal baby: Zara Tindall does not have a royal title (Image: Getty)
He added: “I wouldn’t be surprised if this is Harry and Meghan’s primary motivation too.”
Other freedoms granted to Archie may also include more relaxed dress codes while in public and wider choices when it comes to schools and places of education.
But there is still the option of Archie having some kind of title in the future, Mr Brookes pointed out.
He said: “Of course, when Charles becomes King – Archie becomes a male-line grandchild of the monarch and so is eligible to be titled as Prince and use HRH.
“It’ll be a personal or parental decision (depending on when that happens) but if he’s has gone years without a title, I don’t think he’ll start to use one later on.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK