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A new theory is officially circulating as to why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allegedly rejected an honorary royal title for Archie. This comes with the courtesy of the Royal Cinema and expert Andrew Morton, who is currently walking around making tons of Sussex-specific press to promote the updated paperback edition of his book, Meghan and the Unveiling of the Monarchy: A Hollywood Princess.
According to Morton, Harry and Meghan passed on a title to their son for fear that Archie could be bullied if they accepted. Apparently, this was not a general fear of children being elected royals, and a much more specific concern because of the title Archie was queuing up to inherit.
“[Archie] could have taken the title [of] Earl of Dumbarton, which is an honorary title, however [Harry and Meghan] “decided against it because they thought the word ‘stupid’ in the word ‘Dumbarton’ would have been used as a mockery when Archie went to school,” Morton said. Us Weekly of Sussexes’ presumed reasoning.
It’s also worth noting that beyond the cause of the debate, the whole question of whether Harry and Meghan had anything to say about Archie’s status as a titled royal – honor or otherwise – is a bit controversial. While early reports suggested the couple had made the decision to raise Archie without a title, Meghan offered a very different version of events earlier this year during Sussex’s sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“They did not want him to be a prince or a princess, which would be different from the protocol,” Meghan said during the interview. “It was really hard … This continued in the last few months of our pregnancy, where I say, ‘Wait a minute. How does it work? If he does not become a prince, he must be safe.’ “
Of course, Meghan referred to the possibility that Archie was named a prince, while Morton discusses an honorary Earl title, so it is possible that both of these things are true – ie. that the royal powers refused to make Archie a prince, and Harry and Meghan then passed on the honorary title on his behalf.
When it comes to the Earl of Dumbarton question, Morton seems to interpret it as a kind of PR question, saying that the incident illustrates the Sussex’s sensitivity to image. It’s one of them, of course, but even though Morton’s description of the decision – making process is accurate, does it not feel more like a parent wanting to protect their child from bullying than a “sensitivity to image” thing? Especially considering Harry and Meghan’s rich personal experience of bullying (you know, if we want to include death threats and being sent anonymous, racist letters under the umbrella of “bullying”).
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