Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quietly erased her first names from son Archie’s birth certificate it has been reported.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, and his birth was registered 11 days later. The surprise name amendment was made on June 5.
Archie’s birth papers no longer say ‘Rachel Meghan’ is his mum – instead it grandly reads ‘Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex’.
The Sun reports the unusual change could be a snub to sister-in-law Kate who has all of her names on her children’s certificates.
However, it is likely that Meghan was simply keen to assert her new royal life.
At the time she registered her new name correction, she and Harry were busy trying to build a following for their new Instagram account Sussex Royal.
The first social media image they chose was a navy background with the couple’s royal logo – the entwined initials H and M below a coronet.
While Kate had a more relaxed entry into the famous family in the world – Meghan did not.
Mere days after the birth certificate change, Harry and Meghan severed links with the charity they had created with Kate and Prince William – to concentrate on their own royal projects.
William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan’s joint Royal Foundation venture was intended to harness the star power of the four high-profile royals, but it lasted just 16 months.
William and Kate remained with the original charity, which they renamed the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward said: For a royal to change a birth certificate is unprecedented but to remove forenames is remarkable.
Perhaps this is another sign they were desperate to do something different to the Cambridges.
The Sun newspaper also reports that Harry’s mother Diana always used “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales” so the name change could be viewed as a bid for Meghan to align herself with Di.
By the end of 2019, Harry and Meghan had quit royal life and were reportedly left shell shocked when the Queen banned them from using ‘royal’ in their branding.
In a 2020 statement from Birmingham Palace about the couple’s future after moving overseas, the Queen dropped the couple’s royal titles and referred to them by first name only.
With schools closed due to Covid-19, thousands of children in Birmingham are in need of laptops to continue their learning.
They are falling behind in their studies through no fault of their own – because they are unable to access lessons being put on by schools.
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The agreement is due for review in March – which marks a year since Harry and Meghan officially stepped away from royal duties.
Tom Bradby, the ITN News at Ten anchor, a close friend of Harry and Meghan’s recently spoke about the couple’s struggles since breaking away from the Royals.
Speaking on Love Your Weekend With Alan Titchmarsh, he said: The situation with the family clearly isn’t ideal and it has been a very difficult year for them all.