Meghan Markle changes her name on son Archie’s birth certificate, sparking royal intrigue

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Is Rachel Meghan Markle, known everywhere simply as Meghan Markle, trying to hide her real first name from the public, or is she just trying to spite her in-laws?

When her and Prince Harry’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on May 6th, 2019, the public became intrigued by the fact that his birth certificate listed his mother as “Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Sussex.”

But in an unprecedented move, Markle has since removed “Rachel Meghan” from the birth certificate, thus leaving only “Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Sussex” remaining.

According to The Sun, the move was on made on June 5th “amid rumours of a growing rift between Harry, brother William and their partners.”

Prince William is married to Catherine “Kate” Middleton,” and only days after Archie’s birth, Harry and Markle suddenly “walked away” from what had been a joint charity effort with their in-laws. Why?

The evidence suggests there’s some sort of beef. The Sun notes that William and Middleton made sure to include Middleton’s first name on the birth certificates of their children. That Harry and Markle have decided to discard this tradition suggests that perhaps they’re trying to snub the couple?

Another possibility, according to the Sun, is that Harry’s “aligning his wife with mum Di, who always used ‘Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.'”

And there’s also the chance that Markle’s simply trying to hide her real first name. Or perhaps she’s all about highlighting her royal bona-fides? Either way, the move has sparked much controversy and many questions.

“It is extraordinary and raises all kinds of questions about what the Sussexes were thinking,” Lady Colin Campbell reportedly said.

Meanwhile, this week it was learned that Markle is “unlikely” to tag along with her husband when he travels to the U.K. this summer to spend time with family.

Though the trip will mark his first time seeing his family since the couple unceremoniously quit the Royal Family last year, Meghan has chosen to skip the reunion for “personal and practical” reasons, according to sources who spoke with the Daily Mail. Could those “personal and practical” reasons include spite?


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“The couple had been expected to attend key royal events in June, including Prince Philip’s 100th birthday celebrations and Trooping The Colour, the official celebration of the Queen’s 95th birthday,” the Daily Mail reported.

“Harry is also due in the UK in July for the long-awaited unveiling of the statue that he and William commissioned in memory of Diana at Kensington Palace.”

Of course, it’s not like anyone necessarily wants Markle in attendance.

“[I]f she decides not to travel it will save royal officials something of a diplomatic headache. … [T]here has been widespread, quiet concern that the couple’s involvement in the larger family events – and the inevitable public and media furore that would surround their appearance – could detract from the significance of such key occasions,” according to the Daily Mail.

Markle has a history of creating unnecessary drama and hogging all the attention.

“It should be strongly stressed that there is still an element of uncertainty about this because of the unpredictable Covid situation, but the understanding is the duke is more than likely to come back on his own,” one of the Mail’s sources said.

“This is a personal and practical decision by the couple, but it would certainly help officials navigate what is likely to be a fairly tricky situation.”

“Her Majesty made very clear when they left the UK that Harry and Meghan were still much loved members of her own family and would be very welcome to attend family events. That still holds true,” another source added.

“Practically, however, it comes with the need for a certain amount of diplomacy. There is still a great deal of distance between Harry and many family members, particularly his brother. No one wants a repeat of the Commonwealth Service.”

Last March the Royal Family met at Westminster Abbey for the annual Commonwealth Service in what was an extremely tense get-together. According to reports, Harry and William barely spoke to each other.

Both sides were reportedly angry. William felt “hurt” over Harry and Markle’s abrupt departure from the Royal Family, and Harry and Markle felt hurt that they “were left out of the official procession at the service,” as reported by Insider.

“Meg just wanted to get home. At that point she couldn’t imagine wanting to set a foot back into anything royal again,” a friend of Harry and Markle reportedly said.

Except, it would appear when it comes to fancy royal titles such as “Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Sussex” …


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