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Why Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s Son Archie Will Not Have a Royal Title

Not a prince! Archie Harrison, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s newborn son, will not have a royal title.

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“As we expected, Harry and Meghan [have] forgone a courtesy title for their child. All part of giving him as normal a life as possible,” royal commentator Omid Scobie tweeted on Wednesday, May 8.

A source previously told Us Weekly exclusively that the Duke, 34, and Duchess, 37, of Sussex would not call their son a prince — even though he is seventh in line to the British throne — because they want to “live a quiet life.” (Queen Elizabeth II typically grants titles to members of the royal family.)

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan pose with their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, during a photo call in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, on May 8, 2019. Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images

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Harry and Meghan (née Markle) welcomed their first child on Monday, May 6, and introduced him to the world during a photo call on Wednesday in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in England. So far, Archie has met his great-grandparents, the queen and Prince Philip, and his grandmother Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mom.

“It’s been a special couple of days,” the Suits alum told members of the press on Wednesday. “It’s pretty amazing, and I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy.”

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Hours later, the couple, who married at Windsor Castle in May 2018, announced Archie’s name.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the couple wrote on Instagram. “This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh [Philip] and the duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion.”

The news that Archie will not be a prince may come as a surprise as the queen, 93, gave titles to his big cousins Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 12 months, when they were born to Harry’s brother, Prince William, and his wife, Duchess Kate.

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