Meghan and Harry’s firstborn, Archie Harrison, is only one but fans are already speculating what the future holds for him.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child. He is currently seventh in line to the throne, which means that Archie could have used the title of Prince from the time of his birth. His parents decided not to give their son a title. But, the possibility of him being given an official royal title in the future is still there.
His Royal Highness
Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they want to carve their own path outside of the Royal Family. However, that doesn’t mean that baby Archie won’t want to return to that life when he grows older. And if he does, he will have the option of using an HRH title.
If he does officially decide to take the title, he could be known as His Royal Highness Prince Archie of Sussex.
A spokesperson at Debrett’s told Insider that royal titles are at the discretion of Archie and the life he wants for himself as he grows older.
The spokesperson said: “Archie could technically use his father’s lesser titles now, although as Prince Harry is officially known as the Earl of Dumbarton in Scotland he would more likely be known as Lord Kilkeel.
“There is no reason why Archie would not inherit all his father’s titles after Harry’s death. But, as the Sussexes have shown a degree of informality when it comes to titles, whether or not he decides to use them is to be seen.
“However, this does not stop Charles or William (once either man is king) giving Archie a title of his own when he is older, should he decide to ‘work for the family firm.'”
Duke Of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton And Baron Of Kilkeel
When Harry got married to Meghan back in 2018, the Queen gave them the title Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Almost two years later, the couple decided to leave the royal family, but still retain their titles. In addition, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept their HRH titles. However, they will not be actively using them as they are no longer working members of the royal family.
At the moment, with the laws of male primogeniture, hereditary peerages, such as dukedoms, can only be passed onto sons and not daughters. This means that when Prince Harry leaves the title of Duke of Sussex, either by getting another title or passing away, it would go to Archie.
But that isn’t the only title that Prince Harry holds, as he is also Earl of Dumbarton and Baron of Kilkeel, so Archie will also be getting those titles as well.
The dukedom of Sussex isn’t the only one that Archie might choose to adopt.
Upon marriage, the reigning monarch may choose to provide Archie with a new dukedom. Some experts believe that Prince William’s title of Duke of Cambridge may pass to his nephew once Prince Charles ascends to the throne.
When Prince Charles becomes king, it is very likely that Prince William will lose his title and will take up the title of Prince of Wales, currently held by Prince Charles. With the Duke of Cambridge title vacant, it will remain that way until another member of the royal family marries.
There are tons of possibilities with it, with Prince George and Prince Louis also having the chance to take it. But, there is also the possibility that Archie may choose to take it on instead.
Another dukedom that Archie might get could be the dukedom of York. At the moment, the title is held by Prince Andrew, the second son of the Queen. He was given the title when he married Sarah Ferguson in 1986.
Before him, the dukedom was held by Prince Albert, more commonly known as King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.
Prince Andrew can’t pass his title to his children. That is due to the rules of male primogeniture, as he only has daughters. That means when the title becomes vacant, it will likely pass on to another male member of the royal family, including Archie.