No royal title for baby Archie

Prince Harry and Meghan's son will be known as Master Archie. Photos: AP

His name was shrouded in secrecy for two days, and while we now know little Archie’s moniker, it turns out his parents have decided against giving him a royal title.

Prince Harry and Meghan have strayed from tradition yet again and opted not to give him an aristocratic title, which would have made him a Lord. The newest member of the royal family, who is seventh in line to the throne, was also not given a HRH, which the Queen could have allowed, to make him a prince.

He could one day inherit the title the Duke of Sussex from Harry, but for now he will simply be known as Master Archie.

Earl of Dumbarton

It was thought he would take on the secondary title of his father, Prince Harry, who holds the Earl of Dumbarton title in Scotland.

The title was given to Prince Harry by the Queen on the morning of his wedding to Meghan Markle.

The last man to hold the Earl of Dumbarton title was George Douglas, who was famed for his military service. He died 1749 and never had any children, which saw the name become extinct.

However, Prince Harry became the first member of the royal family to hold the title when it was bestowed upon him on May 19th last year.

Baby Sussex is seventh in line to the throne. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle Australia
While the tot won’t be a His Royal Highness, he will take on the secondary title of his father, Prince Harry, who holds the Earl of Dumbarton title in Scotland. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry is also known as Baron Kilkeel in Northern Ireland and Meghan goes by the name Baroness Kilkeel.

Royal titles are complex but they all come down to where your father stands in the line of royal succession.

Why he isn’t a prince

Despite his father being a ‘prince’, Baby Sussex will not inherit the ‘prince’ title until Prince Charles becomes king - after which he will be the grandson of the sovereign.

In 1917, George V limited titles within the royal family so prince and princess titles and the HRH status are now only reserved for children or grandchildren of the Monarch, and baby Sussex is the eighth great grandchild of the Queen.

Prince George was the exception as his father, Prince William is in line to be king, and the Queen actually issued a new Letters Patent before Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born to give them the same title as their older brother.

If she didn’t, the now Princess and Prince would have been known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor and Lord Louis Mountbatten-Windsor.

When Charles ascends to the throne, Harry and Meghan’s children will be entitled to the ‘prince’ and ‘princess’ titles, unless they choose not to accept them.

Harry’s uncle Prince Edward did this with his daughter Lady Louise and son James, who is known as Viscount Severn.

How royals choose surnames

Royals don’t really need surnames, they’re pretty well known as it is. They’re usually given a string of first names when born, and only adopt surnames when they first go to school – at least this was the case with William and Harry, and George and Charlotte.

The British royal family are generally known as the Mountbatten-Windsors, but it is possible that Archie will take up a different surname when he heads to school, and it won’t be ‘Markle’ like his mum, or ‘Wales’ like his dad, or ‘Cambridge’ like his cousins.

Just like Harry took up his father’s title of ‘Wales’, and George has taken his dad’s title of ‘Cambridge’, the boy could adopt the surname ‘Sussex’.

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