Us Weekly: Archie's Lack of Title Has Nothing to Do with Him Having Security

A royal expert revealed that Archie's lack of title had nothing to do with him having security detail after Meghan Markle shared during her interview with Oprah Winfrey that her son was denied these privileges.

A royal expert is addressing Meghan Markle's claims during her interview with Oprah Winfrey that Archie was excluded from receiving a title and getting security because of his skin color.

Speaking to US Weekly, expert Craig Prescott focused on the claims of Archie's lack of security, revealing that it had nothing to do with the fact that the royal great-grandchild wasn't given a title.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa on September 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa on September 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

In his words, "One [concern is] that is that if Archie had a title, he would get security, but that isn't quite true." Prescott explained that Meghan's concern for her son was born out of a standard protocol, not a personal problem with her.

He noted that Archie couldn't receive a title because he was "far removed from the line of succession." However, that isn't the case for Prince William and Kate Middleton's three children.

Archie's cousins —Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — were given titles because they are directly in the succession line as their father, Prince William, is sure to become king one day.

Royal author Phil Dampier mentioned that the Queen's tone and use of words suggested that she spoke to the senior royal.

On the topic of security, Prescott contradicted the idea that having a title automatically meant having security. The expert cited Harry's cousins Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, who have titles but no security details.

He noted that Prince Andrew's daughters don't perform public duties or have security despite having titles bestowed by the Queen. He also referenced Eugenie's newborn son August who has no title or security.

Us Weekly previously reported that a palace source revealed that Archie's lack of title particularly had nothing to do with race. Instead, they were simply following the precedent laid by King George V.

Nevertheless, the insider mentioned that the 22-month-old could be bestowed a title when his grandfather Prince Charles becomes king someday. After Harry and Meghan alleged racism, the Queen responded via a statement, saying:

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."

Analyzing the Queen's response, royal author Phil Dampier mentioned that the Queen's tone and use of words suggested that she spoke to the senior royal who commented about Archie's skin color.

Dampier noted that the Queen saying, "some recollections may vary," might point to the fact that Harry and Meghan were giving their interpretation of the conversation with the said family member.

While Harry and Meghan didn't reveal who spoke about Archie's skin color, the Duke of Sussex did tell Winfrey after the interview that it was neither Her Majesty nor his grandfather, Prince Philip.

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