PRINCE PHILIP had to wait years to pass on his Mountbatten surname and following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s exit from royal life the Duke may be dealt a painful blow.
Prince Philip, 98, and Queen Elizabeth II, 94, have been married for 72 years and while it is hard to imagine the Royal Family without the Duke of Edinburgh it took him some time to find his feet within the institute.
Prince Philip was born a member of the Greek and Danish royal families and has the German surname Mountbatten.
When the Queen and Philip’s first son Prince Charles, 71, was born in 1948 the Second World War was still fresh in the minds of Britons and it was felt it would be unsuitable for Charles to take his father’s Mountbatten surname.
Prince Philip was said to be deeply hurt by the decision and one royal biographer has claimed he was “heartbroken.”
In Ingrid Seward’s book My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage, she chronicles Prince Philip’s reaction to not being able to pass on his surname.
Prince Philip snub: The painful blow Duke dealt in wake of Meghan and Harry’s exit (Image: GETTY)
Prince Philip snub: Prince Philip was prevented from passing on his Mountbatten surname until 1960 (Image: GETTY)
According to Ms Seward the heartbroken Duke was reported to have said: “I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his children. I’m nothing but a bloody amoeba.”
However, in 1960 a compromise was reached at the Royal Family created a hybrid surname to be passed onto to Philip’s descendants.
Mountbatten-Windsor came into being and years later the surname has been taken bY Prince Harry and his son Archie Harrison.
While Prince Philip’s grandson Prince Harry inherited the Mountbatten-Windsor surname, following his step away from the Fold there has been speculation as to whether he will drop it altogether.
Prince Philip snub: Harry didn’t use his Mountbatten-Windsor surname on recent paperwork (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry and Meghan ceased to be working royals in March and have settled in Los Angeles where they hope to gain financial independence from the Crown.
They have now entered a one-year trial period which will be reviewed by the Queen next March.
Prince Harry’s full name and title are: His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex.
However, Mountbatten-Windsor is the surname he would usually use when he needs to put one down on official documents.
Prince Harry appeared to snub his royal roots on paperwork for his eco-travel venture Travalyst in the wake of his royal withdrawal.
The Daily Mail reported Harry signed paperwork Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex and did not use his Mountbatten-Windsor surname.
While Harry and Meghan will keep their HRH titles they will not use the word ‘royal’ in conjunction with their work moving forward.
Although Harry may have ditched Prince Philip’s Mountbatten surname it is used on Archie’s birth certificate meaning Archie will continue the Mountbatten legacy.
Prince Philip snub: The couple shared a new video of Meghan and Archie to mark their son’s first birthday (Image: GETTY)
Archie Harrison recently celebrated his first birthday with his parents at their new LA home.
While Meghan and Harry have been protective of their son’s privacy since his birth, they shared an adorable new video of Archie and Meghan reading together to mark the milestone.
Meghan and Harry’s move away from the royal bubble was in part motivated by their wish to give Archie as peaceful a life as possible.
The couple have named their new venture ‘Archewell’ after their son and are expected to launch the project once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided enough for them to do so.
Meghan and Harry were meant to stay with the Queen with Archie at Balmoral this summer.
However, the special trip will have been postponed amid the coronavirus crisis.
The Queen and Prince Philip are currently isolating at Windsor Castle where they are expected to remain for the foreseeable future.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK