Meghan reportedly erased her name on Archie's birth certificate

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

It’s been revealed that Harry and Meghan reportedly decided to have her first names ‘Rachel Meghan’ removed from son Archie’s birth certificate, just months before quitting as senior royals.

Archie's birth was registered on May 17, 2019, after he was born on May 6, but a month later, on June 6, the name was changed, reports The Sun.

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Meghan had her first names removed from Archie's birth certificate. Photo: Getty

Instead of her first names, only “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex” was left on the certificate in a move that some believe is a nod to Harry’s late mother Princess Diana.

It is thought perhaps Harry wanted his wife’s name to be more aligned with the name his mum always preferred and used, “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales”.

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Lady Colin Campbell was the one who spotted the amendment, telling the publication the change was “extraordinary”.

“[It] raises all kinds of questions about what the Sussexes were thinking.”

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Archie was born in May 2019. Photo: Instagram/sussexroyal

At the time, rumours of a rift between the Sussexes and William and Kate were also rife, and some now believe perhaps the change was related, as Kate’s name was left on the birth certificates of her three children.

“For a royal to change a birth certificate is unprecedented but to remove forenames is remarkable,” royal expert Ingrid Seward also told the publication.

“Perhaps this is another sign they were desperate to do something different to the Cambridges.”

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Harry and Meghan lost their HRH titles when they stepped down. Photo: Getty

When the birth certificate was first made public some also wondered why Meghan was called a ‘Princess’ in the occupation field.

Meghan had only ever been called ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’ since her marriage, but had never been officially referred to as Princess Meghan.

However, as the wife of Prince Harry, Meghan was entitled to use the female equivalent to his title – therefore she was able to go by Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.

Of course, after their decision to step down, both Harry and Meghan lost their HRH titles.

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