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Meghan Markle’s name has been removed from her son’s birth certificate

On Saturday January 30, The Sun reported that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan had removed her first names from baby Archie’s birth certificate. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchesse of Sussex confirmed that indeed Meghan’s first names were removed, but at the request of The Palace and definitely not at the request of Harry and Meghan.

“Rachel Meghan” was taken out to leave just “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex”. And Harry’s name and title was also changed from “His Royal Highnness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex” to “His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex.”

“The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials,” the spokesperson said in a statement to news outlets. “This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex.”

The Sun reported that the name changes were made amid reports of the ongoing rift between the Duke of Sussex and his brother Prince William. The Sun also said the birth certificate edit could be seen as a snub to William and wife Kate Middleton, whose formal name Catherine is listed on their three children’s birth certificates.

They also suggested the change could be viewed as Harry aligning his wife with his mother the late Princess Diana, who always used “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales” in formal certificates.

But the spokesperson added that the claim of a potential “snub” would be “laughable were it not offensive”.

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the matter.

Prince Archie Harrisson was born on May 6 2019, and his birth was registered on May 17. The names on the birth certificate were later altered on June 5, just a short while before Harry and Meghan’s departure as working members of the royal family took effect. The Sussexes also walked away from the Fab Four’s joint charity.

As part of their exit agreement, the couple agreed to give up their royal titles, just as Diana did when she divorced Harry and William’s father Prince Charles.

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