Duke of Sussex Harry and his wife and Meghan Markle removed Markle’s names from their son Archie’s birth papers. The move of the Duchess removing her first two names— Rachel Meghan from Archie’s birth certificates is a ‘remarkable’ one an expert on the Royal Family Ingrid Seward told Sky News. The change was made in June 2019 but came to light on Saturday.
“Perhaps this is another sign they were desperate to do something different to the Cambridges,” Seward adds. Or the move could be Prince Harry aligning his wife with his mom, Princess Diana, who always went by the title ‘Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales’. Rachel Meghan has been replaced with ‘Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex’ on Prince Archie’s birth papers. Archie was born on May 6, 2019, and his birth was registered on May 17.
The Palace hasn’t commented on this decision by the couple. Markle’s spokesperson has said that the Duchess did not request for the name change and added that the change of name was dictated by The Palace. On January 10, it was announced that Meghan and Harry are quitting social media. "We will revisit social media when it feels right for us—perhaps when we see more meaningful commitments to change or reform—but right now we've thrown much of our energy into learning about this space and how we can help,” Harry told The Guardian.
Harry is expected to travel to England to be with the family for birthdays of the Queen and Prince Philip.