Baby Archie, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s firstborn, might one day inherit the royal title of his uncle Prince William.
When Prince William married Kate Middleton back in 2011, the Queen bestowed upon them dozens of titles, the most important being Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This is a long standing tradition of Royal Family members and their spouse receiving new titles on their wedding day.
When dukedoms and earldoms in the British peerage system are concerned, titles are passed onto the next generation when the holder of the title dies. But when it comes to the Royal Family, royal titles are not always automatically passed on to the holder’s son or daughter.
So, when a member of the Royal Family receives a new title on their wedding day, the title could become vacant when the person dies or is given a new title.
Prince William, at the moment, is the Duke of Cambridge. But, with his future as king, he is likely to lose this title for another in the future.
When Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, finally becomes king, he will leave behind his title of Prince of Wales. It’s not certain whether this title will continue to be used in the future. But if it is, Prince William will become Prince of Wales, as the title is usually held by the first heir to the throne.
When that happens, the royal title of Duke of Cambridge will become vacant until another member of the royal family marries. Technically, Prince George could also get the title of Duke of Cambridge whenever he marries in the future.
Another person that might get the title is William’s nephew Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, when he marries. The first child of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, he is currently seventh-in-line to the throne. However, Archie differs from his cousins, as he currently holds no royal titles or the style of His Royal Highness.
His parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, decided not to give him a title, although he was eligible to receive his father’s subsidiary title of Earl of Dumbarton.
This move many speculate is due to the fact that Harry and Meghan want a normal life for their son, away from the royal spotlight.