Meghan Markle claims the royals wanted to stray from ‘protocol’ so Archie wouldn't be a prince

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joins a conversation to discuss the nature of violence against women and girls while she visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Meghan Markle has claimed the Royal Family wanted to stray away from “protocol” so her son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor wouldn’t have a title. 

Meghan Markle astounded the world last night as her highly-anticipated “tell-all” interview with talkshow host Oprah Winfrey aired in the United States.

Many British royal fans will no doubt be wondering how to watch Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview (opens in new tab) in the UK, especially given the remarkable revelations that arose from this astonishing conversation. 

Prince Harry and Meghan stepped back as senior royals (opens in new tab) last year and have since made the move to America and settled in their new LA home (opens in new tab). Just last month, the royal couple confirmed they had quit the Royal Family (opens in new tab) as working royals for good.

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Now Meghan has opened up about royal life, speaking out about alleged concerns amongst some royal family members about the colour of baby Archie's skin (opens in new tab) before he was born. And when it comes to Archie, the Duchess of Sussex made another astonishing revelation.

Meghan, who is currently expecting her and Prince Harry’s second baby (opens in new tab), claimed the palace wanted to change the rules so Archie wouldn’t have a title.

Despite being seventh in the royal line of succession (opens in new tab) and the son of Harry, who could one day be king (opens in new tab), Archie was not given an HRH title. Instead, following Archie’s birth, his name was announced as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

This was something that particularly concerned the mother-to-be when she was pregnant. 

“I had been asking the institution for help for a long time … after we had gotten back from our Australia tour which was about a year before that and we talked about when things really started to turn and we knew we weren’t being protected, it was during that part of our pregnancy that I began to understand what our continued reality was going to look like,” Meghan shared. 

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“And that was when they were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or a princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security. It was really hard. He wasn’t going to receive security. This went on for our last few months of my pregnancy.

“How does that work? He needs to be safe … but if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect his protection, we haven’t created this monster machine around us.”

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