ARCHIE HARRISON Mountbatten-Windsor may be just six months old, but here is how the young royal may have already helped to heal divisions within the Royal Family.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is now six months old, and doting parents Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry revealed how he is growing up fast. Meeting with a group of military families on Wednesday, Meghan and Harry shared how Archie is starting to crawl and has already got two teeth.
The couple met families from the Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and Household Cavalry when they visited a regular coffee morning at Windsor’s Broom Farm Community Centre, located in the heart of an Army housing estate.
During the meeting, Prince Harry expressed sympathy with service personnel who have to spend time away from their children.
He said: “I can’t imagine what it’s like to miss so much as they change so quickly.”
Harry, who served for 10 years as an Army officer, said he was in awe of military families holding it together back home.
He said: “It’s unbelievably hard. I have so much respect and admiration for anyone who has to deal with that.”
Baby Archie was born on Monday, May 6 and already has been very busy in his six months.
In October, Meghan and Harry took Archie to southern Africa for his first official trip abroad in their first engagement as a family of three.
The excitement leading up to the birth of Archie saw many hedging bets on where and when he would be born, and what his name would be.
It was Archie’s name which took many by surprise, as he was not given a title like his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Meghan and Harry chose to give their son a surname in a nod to Archie’s great-grandfather, Prince Philip.
Before Prince Philip married Queen Elizabeth II, he renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles and became a naturalised British subject.
As part of this Philip took his maternal grandparents surname, Mountbatten.
However, Prince Philip was not allowed to give his surname to his own children.
The Queen announced in 1952 the royal family’s surname would be Windsor and not Mountbatten.
This infuriated the Duke of Edinburgh who is said to have shouted: “I’m just a bloody amoeba,”.
He also reportedly said he was the only man in the country not to have given his children his name.
In 1960, the Queen gave him a concession when it was declared the Queen’s direct descendants who were not granted the title of Prince or Princess would instead be given the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
Despite Meghan and Harry chose not to bestow their son with a title, when Prince Charles becomes King, Archie will gain an HRH (His Royal Highness) title.
This would officially make Archie a prince.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight: “Things will change when the Prince of Wales becomes King Charles III because the act of succession means that any sons of sons of monarchs automatically take the HRH title.
“At some point further down the line, he will become technically Prince Archie.”
However, Archie may not use his royal title according to royal historian Carolyn Harris.
Ms Harris told Town & Country: “It is possible that he will not use this title.
“Archie will not be able to pass the title of Prince or Princess to his children as they will be another generation removed from the sovereign, but the title of Duke of Sussex will pass to Prince Harry’s male-line descendants.”