Harry and Meghan reject royal title for Archie for having ‘dumb’ in it

Harry and Meghan have reportedly turned down a royal title for Archie because it had the word ‘dumb’ in it.

The pair’s son, who is currently seventh in line to the throne, had the chance of inheriting his father Prince Harry's title of ‘Earl of Dumbarton’.

Harry, Meghan and Archie.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided not to give their son the title of ‘Earl of Dumbarton’. Photo: Getty

Sources have told The Telegraph that both Harry and Meghan rejected the use of the title for fears that Archie would be bullied.

“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,” one source claimed.

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


Earl of Dumbarton is one of the three titles that Prince Harry holds, as well as Duke of Sussex and Baron Kilkeel in Northern Ireland.

The title, which is of Scottish nobility, was created in 1675 for Lord George Douglas and became extinct in 1749 when there was no longer a male heir.

However, Queen Elizabeth II decided to bring back the title in 2018 for Prince Harry’s wedding as part of the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor would’ve naturally inherited the title upon Harry’s death, had his parents not declined the use of it.

Prince Charles.
Prince Charles reportedly told Harry and Meghan their son Archie won't ever be a Prince. Photo: Getty

Prince Charles wants to slim down the royal family

The revelation comes after reports earlier this month that Prince Charles will ‘ensure' that his grandson Archie will never become a prince.

According to The Mail on Sunday, Prince Charles made it clear to Harry and Meghan that Archie will have no place among frontline royals in the future.

When Charles becomes King, Archie would have had the right to be a prince as a grandchild of the sovereign.

“Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never be a prince, even when Charles became King,” an insider told the publication.

The decision is rumoured to be a part of Prince Charles’ plans to slim down the monarchy to save costs, which would include cutting out the Sussexes.

The ‘new’ royal family would likely be made up of Prince Charles, his second wife Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children.

This would leave those left out of the inner circle to enter the public workforce to support themselves financially.

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