Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019. He is the eldest son (and only child at this time) of HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

He is the first half-American, biracial baby in the history of the British monarchy. Interestingly enough, he is also a citizen of both the United Kingdom and the United States. It is believed that Meghan Markle, (Archie’s mother) retained her US citizenship and that means it automatically passes on to her children. That is unless he renounces his US citizenship once he turns 18. Since he was born in the UK and has a British father, he will also automatically be a British citizen.

At the time of his birth, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was 7th in line to the British throne — which pushes his uncle Prince Andrew, The Duke of York down to 8th in line.

He is Queen Elizabeth’s 8th great-grandchild and the 4th grandchild of Prince Charles.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is not a prince. While he is the son of a prince, he isn’t one himself because his father Prince Harry isn’t the eldest son. This also means that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor won’t be able to use “His Royal Highness” in his title. This comes from a decree made in 1917 where it says only the eldest son of the Prince of Wales is given a royal title, which meant that only Prince George would have been His Royal Highness. However, in 2012 the Queen issued a new Letters Patent which allowed for all of Prince William’s children to enjoy the honor of being called “HRH”. 

This, however, does not apply to Prince Harry’s offspring. So what are the title rules for Archie?

Due to a century-old rule regarding royal titles, he could be styled as Earl of Dumbarton unless the Queen steps in and gives the child another title which is not likely.

At this time it appears his parents want him to live life as a normal citizen and that means he will — at least for now be known simply as Master Archie. For now, however, the media seems to like calling him “Baby Sussex”.