Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'rejected' THIS royal title for Archie to protect him from cruel teasing

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly declined to use a significant royal title for their son Archie after both had concerns about the “potential pitfalls” and "unfortunate nicknames" that could arise from it.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allegedly decided against using a prestigious title for their son Archie after concerns it could lead to 'unfortunate nicknames'. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child in May 2019 and the exciting arrival of the Queen’s new great-grandchild (opens in new tab) came almost exactly a year after Harry and Meghan got married (opens in new tab) at St George’s Chapel. The couple went on to reveal their son’s full name is Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (opens in new tab).

This might well have surprised some fans, who could’ve expected that as the son of Prince Harry, who is now sixth in line to the throne (opens in new tab), Archie would have a royal title.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019

However, Archie is not a prince (opens in new tab), as royal protocol brought in by George V in 1917 states that only children and grandchildren of a sovereign have the automatic right to the title HRH and prince or princess. However, it was speculated that Archie could perhaps use another title.

Though Harry is most commonly referred to as Prince Harry or the Duke of Sussex, he also has subsidiary titles, such as Earl of Dumbarton. Reports have previously suggested that Archie could perhaps have used this title, though now it’s been claimed that his parents decided against it for a key reason. 

According to The Telegraph, multiple sources have alleged to the publication that Harry and Meghan decided against using this Scottish noble title as they had concerns it might attract "unfortunate nicknames" or that Archie could be "bullied" because of it. This is said to be because the title has the word “dumb” in it, which is more prevalent in the US as slang for “stupid”.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe

“They didn’t like the idea of Archie being called the Earl of Dumbarton because it began with the word 'dumb' [and] they were worried about how that might look”, a source is said to have claimed to The Telegraph.

Whilst another insider reportedly added: “It wasn’t just Meghan who pointed out the potential pitfalls, it also bothered Harry.” 

The Earl of Dumbarton is what Harry is known as when he is in Scotland, whilst he is known as Baron Kilkeel in Northern Ireland. Neither Prince Harry or Meghan have spoken out on the recent claims.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for their visit to Social Bite on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland

The couple have recently welcomed their first daughter (opens in new tab), Lilibet 'Lili' Diana and are embracing life in their new LA home (opens in new tab) since they "stepped back" (opens in new tab) as senior working royals. However, Archie and Lilibet will be eligible to gain a royal title (opens in new tab) when Prince Charles becomes king.

At this time, the Sussex children will be grandchildren of the monarch and therefore entitled to the titles of prince and princess.