According to a source who revealed the information on Saturday, the removal of Meghan Markle‘s first names from her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor‘s birth certificate almost two years ago was a decision “dictated” by the royal family.
However, another royal insider is claiming that Buckingham Palace had nothing to do with removing Meghan Markle’s first and last names from the official document.
The names “Rachel Meghan” were taken off the birth certificate of Archie — the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — just a few weeks after they had been initially included in the registration on May 17, 2019.
Originally listed as “Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex,” the mother’s name section was later amended to remove “Rachel Meghan” in June 2019, leaving only “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.”
Speaking on behalf of Meghan Markle, a spokesperson revealed that the Duchess of Sussex never wanted to be “nameless,” as was suggested by a UK tabloid, and branded the claims “offensive.”
At the time, some speculated it was a way of paying tribute to Archie’s late grandmother, Princess Diana — whose preferred title was “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.”
Many found it curious that the statement did not explain why the Palace instructed Meghan Markle’s first names to be removed from her son’s birth certificate.
An insider spoke to Metro and explained that Meghan Markle’s staff members had initiated the change for the following reason: “The birth certificate was changed by the former office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex they had when they were working members of the royal family. It was changed to ensure consistency of the name and title of the Duchess with other private documents.”
A royal fan made this remark: “All those words and nothing of substance 🙄 why would something like that be dictated by the palace when Kate and all the other royals use their full name.”
Another chimed in: “I’ve never heard of a parent being able to change their details on a birth certificate and why would the palace insist on the change.”
Just over six months later, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would be stepping down from the royal family and have since settled in California, USA.
They were due to return to the UK for a review with the Queen in March 2021, but the coronavirus pandemic and related travel restrictions hindered their plans.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also thought to be planning trips back to London for the birthdays of the Queen and Prince Philip this year.
However, Meghan Markle is now expected to stay behind with their son, Archie — decision sources were keen to stress would be for “personal and practical” reasons.