ARCHIE HARRISON is just four months old now but in the future he may have to bow to his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
Will Meghan Markle’s son have to bow to his great-grandmother, the Queen? (Image: GETTY)
It has been a long-aged tradition that everyone should bow or curtsy when meeting the Queen. At royal events adult members of the royal family are often seen bowing their heads or curtsying before the Queen. However, according to one of the Queen’s former courtiers she is actually pretty “relaxed” about when or if people bow to her.
Former courtier Dickie Arbiter said: “There is this sort of myth that comes from the annals of time that says whenever a member of the royal family went past, you did a curtsy or a bow.
“But there is no hard and fast rule, and if you can’t do it or don’t feel comfortable doing it or don’t want to do it that’s fine; it doesn’t mean that you hold the queen in any less respect and you won’t be sent to the Tower.”
Rather than being an actual rule, the action is seen as a show of respect.
All royal family members bow or curtsy when they first see the Queen and then again when they leave her presence, including Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and their wives.
Prince George has been bowing to the Queen for around a year now (Image: GETTY)
A royal child is expected to bow or curtsy when they turn five years old, according to Town and Leisure.
It is likely Prince George has been bowing to the Queen for around a year now.
Archie will be expected to bow to his great-grandmother when he turns five too.
However, it is assumed he will have a more relaxed relationship with his great-grandmother compared to Prince George as he is further down the line of succession to the throne.
Royal etiquette will see Archie also bow to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (Image: GETTY)
Royal etiquette will see Archie also bow to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis when the royals are older depending on whether he is made a prince.
So far, Archie has not been given a title and will be styled as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Although it has been suggested when his grandfather Prince Charles becomes king he could become a prince, as a grandson of a monarch.
The Cambridges’ first-born George would have always been a prince but without the Queen’s intervention Charlotte and Louis would have been Lady and Lord.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK