Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry secretly removed her first name from their son Archie’s birth certificate.
“Rachel Meghan” was removed to leave just “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex” as part of an unprecedented move that was widely seen as an insult to the Cambridges who have included Kate’s names on her children’s birth certificates. Aside from that, it could also be seen as Harry’s attempt to align Meghan with mum Di, who used “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.”
Author of biography Finding Freedom and royal reporter Omid Scobie tweeted a statement from a spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Sunday. According to the statement, the decision to change the birth certificate was “dictated by The Palace” and not requested by Meghan or Harry.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) January 31, 2021
The Palace refused to comment on Meghan and Harry’s statement. Born on May 6, 2019, Archie’s birth was registered on May 17. The change was made on June 5, while the rumor mill continued churning out speculations surrounding a growing rift between Prince Harry, Prince William, and their partners.
The Sussexes exited from the Fab Four’s joint charity just days later, and quit royal life within months. Maybe this was an early part of their plan,” The Queen’s ex-press secretary Dickie Arbiter said.
“It is extraordinary and raises all kinds of questions about what the Sussexes were thinking,” Lady Colin Campbell, who spotted the amendment noted. 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,” Seward added. Watch this space for the latest Royal Family news.