Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been widely criticized by the public eye after stepping away from royal duties, and this scrutiny has also passed down to their children, Archie and Lilibet. Now, people wonder just how they plan to raise their children, in addition to wondering how the royal parents filled out their second child’s birth certificate because according to reports, the parents decided to do things a little differently.
Back on Archie’s birth certificate in 2019, Harry’s name is penned as “His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex,” while Meghan’s title is “Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.” For Lilibet’s in 2021, the couple simply penned “The Duke of Sussex” and “His Royal Highness.”
How Lilibet Diana’s birth certificate is different from Archie’s — and what else is different
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What’s more interesting about this is for Archie’s certificate, Harry and Meghan had written “Prince” and “Princess of the United Kingdom” for their occupations, even though Meghan technically wasn’t/isn’t a Princess, and they are simply known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Since Lilibet was born in California, the birth certificate does not list her parents’ occupations. Now although they made this change as they are no longer senior royals, Harry and Meghan made an agreement with the late Queen Elizabeth to keep their titles as “His and Her Highness” but to no longer use them. Plus, even though Meghan is not a princess, since Charles is King, Archie and Lilibet have inherited the titles of prince and princess as per royal tradition.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not the only royal parents who haven’t given titles to their children. Other royals who have done the same include Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Princess Eugenie. In fact, back in the tell-all interview with Oprah, Meghan and Harry revealed that they would allow their children to pick their own titles when ready. “Even though I have a lot of clarity of what comes with the titles good and bad… that is their birthright to then make a choice about,” Meghan said at the time.
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