Meghan ‘may have been wrong’ to suggest that Archie must be a Prince, her friend admits
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Meghan Markle’s suggestion that her son Archie be granted the title of Prince’may have been wrong,’ according to her friend Omid Scobie.
He insisted, though, that we “don’t know the full story” regarding the dispute, which Meghan has indicated could be due to questions about her son’s skin color.
During the couple’s two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS in March, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about why her and Prince Harry’s son isn’t a prince.
Meghan, 39, revealed that her son was not declared a Prince due to a change in protocol, implying that the choice was made due to fears over ‘how dark his skin would be.’
‘In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time…. we have in tandem the conversation of “he [Archie] won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title,” and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,’ she said.
‘And so, I think even with that convention I’m talking about, while I was pregnant, they said they want to change the convention for Archie,’ she said later.
This point was one of those that sparked a massive backlash in the aftermath of the interview.
Many royal experts have slammed this claim as false, arguing that the laws excluding Archie from receiving a title date back to the Queen’s grandfather, King George V, altering customs in 1917.
Even her friend and co-author of Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie, now says that the duchess misinterpreted the royal custom that governs who gets a title.
Meghan and Harry’s London-based biographer, speaking in the new Discovery+ documentary Harry and Meghan: Recollections May Vary, said that “there’s more to the story.”
‘If we are only going by what Meghan said to Oprah and what the palace have said so far about the situation with Archie, perhaps one can assume that Meghan was wrong in her interpretation of it. But we also know that there is much more to this story that we don’t know about,’ he added.
During a CBS interview in March, Meghan insisted she had little attachment to the ‘grandeur’ of official names until she learned that because Archie wasn’t a prince, he wouldn’t have his own security detail.
Oprah said she’d learned Meghan and Harry didn’t want Archie to have a prince title, but the Duchess of Sussex denied this and said it’s ‘not our decision to make.’
Only children in the immediate line of succession should be given titles, according to letters patent provided by King George V 104 years ago.
‘The children of any Sovereign of these Realms and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style, title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their respective Christian names or with their other titles of honour,’ he said.
According to this provision, Prince William’s first son Louis would be the only prince among the royal grandchildren.
However, shortly before the birth of Louis in 2013, the Queen released her own Letters Patent, bestowing titles on all of William and Kate’s offspring.
Archie is entitled to a prince title when Prince Charles, Prince Harry’s father, becomes king, according to the 1917 letter, since he would be the monarch’s grandchild. The couple’s daughter would also be entitled to the title princess at this point.
During Meghan’s interview with Winfrey, though, she said that the royal family tried to amend the rules so that Archie might never be given a title, telling the TV host, “They want to change the convention for Archie.”
Omid joins a lengthy list of royal commentators who have questioned Meghan’s remarks on Archie’s title.
Hugo Vickers, a royal biographer, also said that Meghan lied in her interview when she said there was a discussion about the boy having the title.
‘Can I just take this opportunity to clear up one really serious thing that she said which was actually very misleading?’ Mr Vickers said on BBC Two’s Newsnight in March.
‘She said there was a discussion about whether Archie would be a prince or not. There can have been no such discussion.
‘I could bore you to death on exactly who is a prince and who isn’t, but it’s absolutely clear cut. And that is how she led into that whole issue (about racism).
‘She was almost saying… slight implication that he couldn’t be a prince because of the possible colour of his skin, which is a bit naughty I think.’
The latest film would examine the dramatic Oprah interview, the couple’s 2017 engagement interview, the 2019 Tom Bradby special on ITV, and Prince William’s reaction to the interview, in which he asserted, “We are very much not a racist family.”
The documentary’s teaser from last night showed body language specialists, psychologists, and linguists debating the interview footage.
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