Prince Charles, 71, is second in line to the throne and the longest royal in waiting to reign, and according to royal expert Rebecca English, the Duke of Cornwall is believed to have been planning to decrease the number of serving members of the Royal Family to optimise the number of duties carried out and costs, but despite a smaller family, Harry and his family will still be an essential part of that.
And talking to Palace Confidential on MailPlus, Rebecca English said that it’s history. George V laid down some rules and regulations which said that the only family to the direct heir to the throne would be passed down through the male line, and would be allowed to be able HRH’s and Prince and Princesses.
He said the simple fact is that as Harry’s son, Archie was not entitled to be an HRH or Prince when he was born unless they asked the Queen to issue a patent to make a point of making him one, and we were strongly notified at the time that the Sussexes were cool with this.
They wanted Archie to be master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and to able to live a life, if so he wanted, like Zara and Peter Phillips and not conflated with the issues of security.
Rebecca English added that Meghan said quite clearly that the only reason she wanted Archie to be a prince was that came with a level of security and that it would keep her child safe. But the point that had been made to her was that he was seventh in line to the throne, so he was always going to be entitled to security as a member of the Royal Family – that wasn’t an issue.
And even though the Prince of Wales wants to slim down the monarchy in the future, Harry and his family will always be an essential part of that, and he will have always been protected inside the confines of the Royal Family.
It came as Meghan Markel suggested it was her son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s birthright to be a prince and the decision not to give him a title went against convention, and she said she was upset at being told he wouldn’t get security and the thought of him not being safe, and she said she wanted him to have the title so he could have police protection.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed to Oprah Winfrey that they married three days before their Windsor Castle wedding service was viewed by millions, although it has prompted confusion as to which was the official union.
Meghan Markle also suggested that the decision was taken because of Archie’s race, and she said that she was upset at the idea of the first member of colour in the family, not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be, and she added that it wasn’t their right to take it away.
Oprah Winfrey asked in the televised tell-all if she thought it was because of Archie’s race.
Meghan replied that in those months when she was pregnant, all around the same time, they had discussions about Archie not being given security, and that he wasn’t going to be given a title, and also concerns and discussions about how dark his skin might be when born.