Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child, a baby girl, very soon, and many people are wondering what their kid’s name will be.
While the titles of Kate and Wills’ three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, appeared set in stone from the start, things aren’t so apparent with Harry and Meghan’s brood.
Given what happened with Harry and Meghan’s first child, Archie, it’s likely that they will forego giving their new baby daughter a name.
According to current royal standards, their daughter will be eligible to use the title of Lady; however, after more inquiry, it appears that the newborn will instead use the moniker “Miss,” as her older brother Archie does.
The reason we look into this further is that when Archie was born in 2018, Harry and Meghan didn’t necessarily opt to forego Archie’s royal title.
In a nearly two-year interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple stated that though they were first hesitant to give their eldest son a title, they eventually discovered that if he didn’t, Archie would be ineligible for security.
Meghan didn’t say whether this was a deal-breaker for her and her husband to give Archie a title, but it looks that their preferences didn’t matter in the end.
While the regulations officially allow Archie to use Harry’s subsidiary title, Earl of Dumbarton, Meghan said in the interview that the Palace told her they wanted to “alter the norm for Archie.”
Meghan expressed her concern about the fact that her boy would be the family’s first royal of color yet would not be “named in the same manner as other grandkids.”
So far, it looks that Master and Miss are the names for the two Sussex children, but that could change if Prince Charles becomes King.
Archie and his sister would be eligible for HRH titles because they would be grandchildren (rather than great-grandchildren) of the reigning Monarch.
In that way, the baby girl of Harry and Meghan could be dubbed ‘Her Royal Highness Princess…,’ while Archie could be dubbed ‘His Royal Highness Prince Archie.’
Even if Archie and the forthcoming baby Sussex never take up royal titles, they would not be the first members of the Sussex family to do so.
Zara and Mike Tindall have three small children, Mia, seven, Lena, two, and Lucas, two months old, who do not hold royal titles due to their parents’ decision.
They will, of course, always have a link with their other regally titled cousins George, Charlotte, and Louis – after all, a title doesn’t change who your family is.