Meghan Markle “may have been wrong in her interpretation of royal protocol” as she suggested that her son Archie had a right to be prince in the Oprah Winfrey interview, her biographer has suggested
The Duchess of Sussex’s royal biographer and co-author of Finding Freedom Omid Scobie has said she may have misinterpreted protocol during the bombshell CBS interview aired in March.
During the explosive two-hour Oprah chat, Meghan, 39, alleged to the world that her son Archie was not made a prince due to a change in protocol and she heavily hinted she believes it to be due to his mixed race heritage.
In fact, what Meghan appeared to misunderstand is that as per the George V convention, the use of HRH titles only applies to children and grandchildren of the monarch and the eldest grandson of the Prince of Wales.
As a great grandchild of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Archie would not be entitled to such a title at birth, the Daily Star reports.
In the Oprah interview, which was watched by more than 17 million people, Meghan also accused The Firm of racism as she said concerns were raised over how dark her one-year-old son’s skin tone would be.
“If we are only going by what Meghan said to Oprah and what the palace have said so far about the situation with Archie, perhaps one can assume that Meghan was wrong in her interpretation of it,” he said.
Not stopping there, he quickly added: “But we also know that there is much more to this story that we don’t know about.”
Under the George V convention, if Kate and William’s first child had been a girl she would not have been granted a full title.
But the Queen personally stepped in to update the rule before the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child to make sure that all their children would receive a full title.
As it happened, their first child was a boy – Prince George of Cambridge – who became third in line to the throne and would have been a HRH without the Queen’s intervention.
Thanks to the Queen though, both Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – who are fourth and fifth in line to the throne retrospectively – were also given titles.
In comparison Harry and Meghan’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is seventh in line to the throne, but not in direct succession.
Meghan compounded the issue by claiming the royal family refused to provide state-funded security for Archie.
Prince Harry and Meghan, who are currently expecting their second child, lost their state-funded security after they decided to step back from live as working royals and move to California.
However, neither Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have state-funded security.
The women, who are the daughter’s of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, have been without taxpayer-funded security since 2011.