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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry not giving Archie royal title was first sign of their ‘masterplan’ to quit, expert says


Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the couple rejecting a title for their child hinted at their “wider masterplan”. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex not giving Archie a royal title could have been a hint at their 'masterplan' to leave the royal family, says a royal expert.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the announcement last week that they want to leave the royal family to split their time between the UK and Canada and become financially independent. 

When their son Archie was born on May 6 last year, he was christened Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. 

It was thought that he would be given the title of the Earl of Dumbarton, as he is the first-born son of a duke. 

However, Meghan and Prince Harry said that their son would be known simply as Master Archie, and it was taken at the time as a sign that the couple wanted him to be a “private citizen.”

However, Joe told the Express that it could have been a signal of what was to come. 

He said: “The fact Archie isn't Earl of Dumbarton or styled HRH makes me wonder whether this wasn't already part of a wider masterplan.”

Yesterday crisis talks were held with Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen to discuss Sussexes’ future in the royal family. 

The Queen's statement yesterday referred to Harry and Meghan only by their first names without titles

Following the Sandringham meeting, the Queen released a statement about Meghan and Harry and referred to them without titles - perhaps hinting at their future status. 

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter tweeted: "I do think it was very striking, particularly in a statement from the Queen.

"Are they having to give up their titles? This would be an indication they are."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex now plan to step back as senior royals Credit: Splash News

Harry, who has admitted he once "wanted out" of the royal family, has spoken in the past of how he was always more comfortable being Captain Wales in the Army than being Prince Harry.

Archie wasn’t automatically entitled to a HRH title at birth, as only grandchilden of the monarch receive this honour. 

The only exception to the rule is the eldest son of the eldest son of the eldest son of the monarch, which is Prince George, who automatically gets a title.

However, the Queen issued new Letters Patents in 2012 enabling all of Prince William and Kate’s children to have HRH titles, which is why Archie's cousins Charlotte and Louis have them too.

It has been announced the couple with split their time between the UK and North AmericaCredit: Splash News

For Archie to have been made a prince at birth, the Queen would have had to issue Letters Patent immediately.

The Evening Standard reported at the time that Meghan and Harry wanted Archie to take his title in due course but “decided to keep things simple for now.”

When Prince Charles takes the throne, all grandkids will automatically gain HRH status, unless they are declined.

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