It’s a Royal tradition that the parents are not allowed to discover the gender of their baby until it is born, making it a total surprise on the day. Of course, when the news emerged that Meghan Markle had successfully given birth to a baby boy, people were then able to make more targeted guesses. Although nobody fully guessed what the Royal baby would end up being called and certainly not that something had infuriated the Duke of Edinburgh.
Trouble in the Royal household
The couple decided to name their baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, which surprised the nation. But on the whole, people were pleased to finally know the name of the latest member of the Royal Family. However, what people didn’t know was that there was a surname change drama that happened behind-the-scenes which seriously upset Prince Philip.
Well, it turns out there’s a whole lot of history when it comes to surnames and the Royal Family, but it can get rather complicated and a bit sticky when you go into all the gory details. After all, a lot of people don’t even realize the Royals have a surname, and if they do, they never really know what it is.
Meeting the family
Meghan and Harry took a couple of days to themselves before introducing Archie to the public. Mainly so that they could spend time together and let Meghan rest before the whole world wanted to see the new baby. After two days, Harry and Meghan took Archie on his obligatory visit to meet a few members of the family for the first time ever.
It was also the first time that the public would get a glimpse of the newest member of the Royal Family. People had been waiting for so long to meet this little baby, and now they would have that moment they had been waiting for. Among the first people to meet the Royal baby was Meghan Markle’s mom Doria Ragland, Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Philip.
No Royal titles
Even before Meghan and Harry’s royal exit (dubbed ‘Megxit’), some Royal parents have decided that they would rather their child does not have a Royal title. This is because they believe it helps them lead a more normal life and protects them from the limelight a bit more than if they did have a title.
However, it’s unlikely this would have been possible for Kate and William’s children, given that they are the direct descendants to the throne. As Harry is now way down the line of succession when it comes to the throne, he is able to choose whether or not his children obtain a title. Of course, it is the Queen who grants this wish.
A surname instead
Instead of being given a Royal title, baby Archie was given a surname instead, which is ‘Mountbatten-Windsor.’ This surname is comprised of two different names that have entirely different backgrounds. The name ‘Mountbatten’ came from Prince Philip’s side of the family, whereas ‘Windsor’ was adopted by George V after the first World War.
This was because there were tensions with Germany following the war, and the Royal Family’s name was ‘Saxe-Coburg-Gotha,’ which originated from a powerful German dynasty. This became a problem, so it was believed to be a positive move to change it, in order for the Royal Family to maintain peace and popularity. Prince Philip adopted the surname after being naturalized into the United Kingdom, rather than simply going by Prince Philip.
How does Archie have both?
The names Windsor and Mountbatten are both separate surnames, and, while the Royals can do a lot, they can’t just change their identities at the tip of a hat. Archie has both surnames as a result of the two coming together, although it can only be adopted under specific circumstances. One situation is for when members of the Royal Family have not been awarded a Royal title such as His/Her Royal Highness, Prince, Princess, and so on.
This means they need something else to identify them. This is particularly important for some female descendants who would marry, as they need to use this for legal purposes. Although it would ultimately be changed with the ceremony. However, this was not a rule until the Duke of Edinburgh said his piece.
As we’ve pointed out, the Windsor name started with the Queen’s grandfather, King George V, and carried down the line. However, it did have the exclusion of female descendants who would marry; assuming they would take their husband’s surname.
On April 9, 1952, a few months after she had succeeded her father to the throne, Queen Elizabeth announced something that would shock her husband. She had not adopted her husband’s surname and then declared that her descendants would bear the name of Windsor. This caused quite a stir within the Royal household.
A Royal argument
It’s a commonly known fact that married couples will disagree or argue every now and then; it’s a by-product of being around someone all the time. However, the Queen had done something without fundamentally agreeing on it with her husband first, and it was something that directly affected him.
Of course, that may not seem like a big deal now, but in 1952, it was very significant. The fact the Queen had gone ahead and made sure that Prince Philip could not carry on his family name had enraged him, to say the least.
Some women aren’t too worried about carrying on their family name since it’s still quite common that the female would give it up once getting married anyway. Although many people now also opt to double-barrel their surnames so that they both have representation.
Some people are attached to their family name, and they like to hold on to the identity they have grown up with. However, males always grow up with the idea they can hand their surnames down as a given. This is what bothered Prince Philip.
A serious outburst
By the time Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne, they had been married a few years, but it seems as if Prince Philip had not been aware of what she had planned when it came to her family name. Prince Philip was not happy about the fact he could not pass his name down to his children.
It’s not something he expected to give up. He reportedly became so enraged that he shouted that he was just an “amoeba.” He clearly felt worthless and cast aside, which was not a position and situation he was overly familiar with.
He felt isolated
Society was still predominantly patriarchal, and the Prince seemed to feel seriously emasculated as a result of not being able to pass his heritage on to their children. Sources claim that he even said that he must be the only man in the country who can’t do this.
This became a huge issue between the Queen and Prince Philip in the first years of their marriage. After all, she was the reigning monarch and not him, and was a new one at that. She needed to show strength, even if it meant to her own husband.
The Queen compromised
Queen Elizabeth II held her ground for eight years before finally allowing a compromise between herself and her husband. In 1960, the Queen decreed that any direct descendants would be able to take the surname Mountbatten-Windsor if they were not given a Royal title.
This means that it’s official that Meghan and Harry have chosen not to give their son, Archie, a Royal title as he will officially be known as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Most people think that this is a sweet gesture toward his paternal great-grandfather too.
This possible courtesy title
The new parents could have chosen to give him one of Prince Harry’s lesser titles, such as the Lord of Dumbarton, but they decided not to do this. Instead, Archie will not have any Royal title whatsoever. This was expected of this Royal couple as they have always claimed they wanted to raise Archie as down-to-earth as possible.
While that means denying Archie of the privilege of possessing a royal title, and everything that entails, by doing so they’re essentially giving him the opportunity to live as normal a life as he can… given that Prince Harry is his father.
A sweet tribute
Some people have commended the couple for choosing to use the surname as it is a kind tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, especially since he was not able to pass down his own surname to his own children. This is certainly something that would hold positively with Prince Philip.
He had given up a lot to marry Queen Elizabeth, after all. For example, he had been the Prince of Greece, but had to renounce his titles upon marrying the monarch, and relied on his status in the United Kingdom from there on.
That’s not the end of it
Just because Meghan and Harry have decided that Archie will not have a Royal title does not mean that he won’t ever have one in the future. Royal sources suggest that if the Queen were to pass away or abdicate the throne, then Archie’s link to his paternal great-grandfather means he’s still permitted to the title.
However, the chances of that happening are very slim. Historical precedent clearly points to the fact that other Royal descendants who were not granted titles from birth have not attempted to gain them later in life after growing up.
Meeting baby Archie
However, aside from all the titles and Royal names, the family were delighted to meet baby Archie together. The meeting also included the Duke of Edinburgh, who looked delighted, and Queen Elizabeth, who also seemed very proud.
What was also lovely was that Doria, Meghan Markle’s mom, was also allowed to attend this meeting alongside her daughter and grandson; hopefully, it will be the first of many. Meghan Markle’s estranged father did not attend and is unlikely to in the future.
Royal titles are a thing of the past
Some people have actually been concerned about the future of Royal titles, especially since more and more members of the Royal Family are denying them to their children. Princess Anne’s children, although they’re still the Queen’s grandchildren, were not automatically assigned titles, for example.
This is because the way the Royal titles work is through the male bloodline. This means that the Queen’s sons have titles, but only their children will have titles – including the females. However, Princess Anne doesn’t get to pass down a title to her own kids.
Turning the offer down
The Queen has the final say when it comes to titles, as she is also the head of the Anglican Church, so she extended an offer to Princess Anne to do just that. She suggested that her children could have courtesy titles if she would allow it.
However, Princess Anne turned this offer down to give her children a shot at a normal life. Of course, the media seems to be obsessed by the Royal Family and, while Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall aren’t as high profile, it hasn’t kept them from the papers.
The trend has carried down
The trend has carried down through their children. Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall have two daughters together, Mia Grace Tindall and Lena Elizabeth Tindall; neither of which hold Royal titles. However, they wouldn’t hold titles anyway unless the Queen granted them the courtesy.
Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, has also not allowed titles for his two daughters, Savannah and Isla. Of course, what will be interesting is whether Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie hand their own titles down to their children.
The odds aren’t looking good
When looking at the Royal Family tree, it’s easy to see the Royal title trend fading out. After all, of the Queen’s eight great-grandchildren, only three have any kind of Royal title. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s Williams and Kate’s children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
This means that Royal titles rely on these three to continue handing them down to their own children in the future. Of course, they can always choose not to do that, just like many other members of the Royal Family already have.
Prince George won’t have a choice
While his younger siblings may get the choice to opt their children out of having Royal titles, it’s highly unlikely that Prince George will be allowed to do the same thing. The reason for this is because he is the heir to the throne, and his firstborn child will be too.
After all, you can’t have a King or Queen without taking on the title, meaning that whoever takes on the duty of being head monarch has to bestow further titles upon their children too, and they on theirs, and so on and so forth.
A long time away
It’s going to be quite some time before we’ll get to see what happens, however, as Prince George is still less than six years old, and his father is still a long time away from being the King. After all, sitting on the throne is no longer quite what it used to mean.
This is probably why the monarchy doesn’t live quite the turbulent life that they used to… It’s not like we’re going to be looking at the next Henry VIII, and his myriad wives and scandals, anytime soon. Hard though it may be to believe, the royals are the most “normal” they’ve ever been.
Already taking over some duties
Prince Charles is already being primed for the role of King, especially since it will be a massive shock to many people. After all, Queen Elizabeth II has been the longest reigning monarch. Her reign has been carried on throughout many people’s lives, with many people knowing no different.
Of course, no one can reign forever, and one day, the mantle will be passed down. Of course, neither Prince Charles nor Prince William will reign for as long as Queen Elizabeth, as she was 25 when she had her royal coronation.
No hard feelings?
All things considered, it’s nice of Meghan to go along with bestowing the Mountbatten-Windsor name onto Archie, considering Prince Philip didn’t want Harry to marry her! While it’s hard to imagine Harry being with anybody else now, when he began courting Meghan it was anything but a foregone conclusion.
Her being an actress was a problem for the notoriously conservative Royal Family, and it was widely reported that Philip advised his grandson that, “One steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them.” Hopefully he’s had a change of heart since!
Meet the Waleses
Of course, even for the more senior members of the Royal Family, who don’t technically have last names, there comes a time when then need one. For William and Harry, for example, that time first came when they started going to school.
For convenience’s sake, they were known as William and Harry Wales, taking for their last name the title of their father, Charles, who’s the Prince of Wales. Similarly, when George began attending Thomas’s Battersea, he was listed as George Cambridge after his own dad’s title – the Duke of Cambridge.
Going to Africa
It seems like it’s rather a good thing that Archie officially and legally has a surname, because he’s going to need a passport sooner rather than later. This coming autumn, Meghan and Harry are reported to take a tour of Africa – and Archie will be accompanying them!
Just as soon as he’s ready to travel, in fact, the three will travel to South Africa, Malawi, and Angola, as they’ll promote the work of charity groups the couple support. While Archie will only be about five months old, he should be fine after receiving the proper vaccines.
The next big event in Archie’s life
Of course, before heading off to Africa Archie has a much more important event lined up – one that’s all about himself. We’re referring, of course, to his christening. We know the young royal’s baptism will take place in St George’s Chapel in Windsor, and that senior royals will be in attendance – but not the Queen herself.
The venue, St George’s Chapel, was also the location of William and Kate’s wedding, and where Harry himself was baptized in 1984. Archie will be wearing a hand-me-down – the same gown all three of his cousins wore at their own christenings.
A 4th of July christening
Despite having been a member of the Royal Family for more than a year, Meghan’s American roots still run deep. How deep? Archie’s christening will take place in early July, and that’s no coincidence. It will either takes place on July 4 or close to it.
As that’s the American Independence Day, Meghan’s family – especially her mother – and friends will have no problem attending. In fact, it’s even been rumored that one of Meghan’s American friends, stylist Jessica Mulroney or designer Misha Nonoo, might serve as Archie’s godparents.
Princess Eugenie thrown into the mix
Of course, one of the odds-on favorites to be selected as Archie’s godmother is Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie. She has always been close to Harry, who’s only about five years older than her, but it’s been reported that Meghan and her have also gotten very close since their time as neighbors in Windsor.
When the proud parents presented Archie to the world through an Instagram post, Eugenie – one of the only royals with their own social media account – posted a photo of the two parents and wrote, “I’m just so happy for you!”
It turns out that Philip likes to give his opinion on all of his son and grandsons’ relationships. We’ve seen that he gave his opinion on Harry marrying Meghan, but it turns out he also had some choice words for Princes Charles and William.
When Charles’ marriage to Diana broke down in the 1990s, Philip (and the Queen) actually took her side. Then, when William temporarily broke up with Kate after feeling “claustrophobic” in their relationship, Philip warned him he couldn’t keep stringing her along forever.
The name will live on
For now, it seems like Prince Philip may sleep easy, knowing his name will live on after he’s gone. The 98-year-old senior member of the Royal Family may be getting on in years, but his family’s name will not disappear.
Instead, it will continue through the generations in at least one royal – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It appears that in 2019, a full 67 years after his reportedly “brutal” fight with the Queen over his surname, Philip finally has some peace.
But will he be there?
Of course, one big question still looms large – will Prince Philip even be able to attend Archie’s christening to watch his great-grandson carry on the Mountbatten family name? The answer is unfortunately unclear at this point.
We know that Queen will not be attending, as she always attends Holyrood Week in Scotland this time of year, but for Philip the question is complicated. According to a report in British press, the elderly royal now operates on a “wake up and see how I feel” basis. We’ll just have to wait and see if he shows up.
The once and future prince
Ironically, Harry and Meghan’s beautiful gesture towards Philip may end up all being for naught. As the great-grandson of the current monarch, Archie doesn’t automatically qualify for a royal title. However, when the Queen either passes away or abdicates the throne, that’s going to change.
Prince Charles is expected to replace her on the throne, and as the grandson of the monarch Archie will then be eligible to receive a royal title. In other words, it may only be a matter of time until the last name is dropped, and we’ll have to bow down to Prince Archie.
It’s happening overseas
It’s not just the British Royal Family that’s taken titles away from their children. In October 2019, it was announced that several Swedish royals were now without titles after the King had them taken away. Five people were demoted in total, although they probably weren’t too aware of what they’d just lost.
The quintet were all children aged between one and five, so the reality of royal life probably hadn’t even sunk in for them yet. Better for them to lose the titles now than when they’re older, we suppose.
Living their own lives
Part of the justification for removing these titles was to give the kids the kind of life that Harry and Meghan want for Archie. By not being royal highnesses, the children wouldn’t have to deal with royal duties like their parents. That means they can grow up to do whatever they want, rather than devoting their lives to the monarchy.
While this might not be what they want when they’re older, at least they’ll have the freedom that the likes of Prince George and Princess Charlotte will never know.
Retaining their titles
The King’s decision has significantly changed the futures of the next generation. However, while most of his grandchildren might now be without royal titles, there are a few children who’ve made it out unscathed.
Princess Estelle and Princess Oscar still retain their titles because of their position in the line of succession. As the children of Crown Princess Victoria, the Swedish heir, they’re in direct line to the throne. This essentially means that they have the same position in their family as Prince George and Princess Charlotte do in theirs.
Too much money
This massive change to the Swedish monarchy apparently reflects a growing belief that the royals are paid too much. There are allegedly increasing concerns that too many members of the Royal Family receive funding, hence the sudden cull of titles.
The fewer people there are working on behalf of the monarchy, the better it is for taxpayers. Evidently, the public doesn’t feel that there need to be over a dozen people on the payroll, especially when some of them can’t even talk yet. Hopefully, this change will ease people’s concerns.
No hard feelings
Although the King’s decision has significantly affected their children’s lives, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine aren’t upset about the change. Shortly after the news was announced, the latter revealed that this was something that had been in the works for a while now.
She also confessed that she and her husband were happy about the change because it gave their children “a greater opportunity to shape their own lives as individuals.” Her brother seemed to echo those sentiments by saying that he viewed this shift “as a positive.”
Following in their footsteps
When commenting on the situation, royal expert Robert Lundgren likened the five grandchildren to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Both of these women were free to build a life for themselves when they grew up, allowing them to establish their own careers.
Although they still play a role in their family, including attending all the big events, they’re not expected to do everything in the name of the monarchy. Given how well these two have coped with that freedom, we expect King Carl XVI Gustaf’s grandchildren will manage just fine.
A request to the Queen
Although Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have flourished away from the monarchy, there were efforts to give them a more established role in the Royal Family. According to The Sun, their father once wrote to the Queen asking that she provide them with funding from the Sovereign Grant.
This would have meant that they’d continue to be paid by the monarchy to carry out work on its behalf. Unfortunately, the Queen rejected their request, meaning that they were largely left to fend for themselves financially once they came of age.
Streamlining the Royal Family
It’s likely that the Queen denied giving Beatrice and Eugenie money for the same reason that the Swedish King has now taken away his grandchildrens’ titles. She can’t be seen to be paying all her relatives to work for the monarchy, especially given how many of them there are.
Prince Charles appears to share this mindset, which is why he’s reportedly hoping to streamline the Royal Family once he ascends to the throne. Robert Jobson, another royal expert, apparently believes the future King is after “a smaller, more cost-effective monarchy.”
Pushed out of the monarchy
If Charles is hoping to only focus on those closest to the throne, then Beatrice and Eugenie don’t stand a chance of ever becoming part of the inner circle. That’s something that their father has feared for years, which is why he wrote that letter to the Queen.
He’s apparently afraid that his daughters are being pushed out of the Royal Family, and that once their grandmother passes away, they’ll be forgotten entirely. He refuses to let that happen, though he might not have a say in the matter.
Her time to shine
Of course, just because Charles might not care to involve them in the monarchy, that doesn’t mean the public will simply forget about them. After all, these two have been in the media quite a lot recently.
Back in 2018, Eugenie finally got her time to shine when she married Jack Brooksbank. This was the first time that she really took center stage, although the day wasn’t without its drama. There were reports that Meghan announced her pregnancy at the ceremony, which definitely would have put a damper on things.
Another wedding on the horizon
Hopefully, no-one will try to steal Beatrice’s thunder when she ties the knot with her beau, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The two got engaged in September 2019, with a date yet to be announced. Considering Eugenie got married around nine months after her partner proposed, we can likely expect to see Beatrice walk down the aisle sometime in mid-2020.
However, the wedding probably won’t be like what we’ve come to expect from the Royal Family, judging from new reports. It seems the Princess is apparently hoping for a more low-key affair.
Funding it herself
It might seem surprising that someone from the Royal Family would choose to have a small-scale wedding. However, given the controversy around Eugenie’s ceremony, it does make a lot of sense. A petition received more than 14,000 signatures before the bride’s big day, with people complaining that taxpayers’ money was used to fund her nuptials.
Rather than face the same criticism, Beatrice has reportedly chosen to pay for the wedding herself. However, without financial help, she can’t afford a ceremony that’s as luxurious as the monarchy is used to.
Pregnancy rumors aplenty
It’s not just their nuptials that have kept Beatrice and Eugenie in the public eye. There have also been rumors abound that the pair are pregnant, with the latter frequently accused of being with child.
There’s been talk of Eugenie becoming a mother ever since she tied the knot over a year ago, although nothing has come of it yet. There was even a suggestion that Beatrice was delaying her engagement because of her sister’s pregnancy. However, given there’s still no news of a baby, that obviously wasn’t the case.
Titles changing hands
While Beatrice and Eugenie’s position in the Royal Family might not change in the future, that’s not necessarily true for everyone else. Apparently, when the Queen passes away, some titles will change to reflect people moving up in the line of succession.
That includes Prince Charles, who will obviously become the new King, and Prince William, who will likely become the next Prince of Wales. Prince Edward, the monarch’s youngest son, may also have a title change to the Duke of Edinburgh once the current titleholder, Prince Philip, has gone.
The King’s decision
Apparently, there’s also a chance that Harry and Meghan’s son could become Prince Archie once Charles ascends to the throne. This is because he’d become the grandson of the reigning monarch, so the King would have the power to bestow upon him a title.
However, even if this is possible, it’s unlikely that Charles would decide to do it. Not only would it contradict his alleged desire to streamline the Royal Family, but it would also go against his own son’s wishes. Harry doesn’t want Archie to be a prince.
Straying from the royals
Both Harry and Meghan have made it very clear that they don’t want their son growing up like a proper royal. Being seventh-in-line to the throne, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever become king. So, why should he have to devote his life to serving the monarchy?
While the couple obviously still respects his lineage, they don’t think it should define who he is. They believe he deserves the chance to become his own person, which is why his parents have largely kept him away from the media.
Upsetting the public
The decision to essentially hide Archie behind closed doors hasn’t been the most popular one, with a lot of people taking offense to the couple’s actions. In their eyes, the Duke and Duchess are part of the Royal Family, and therefore, the public deserves an insight into their lives.
Of course, it’s this kind of intrusiveness that pushed Harry and Meghan to protect their son in the first place. They’ve seen how an obsession with the monarchy can destroy people’s lives, and they don’t want anything bad happening to Archie.
No strangers to controversy
As controversial as their stance might be, it’s one that they haven’t budged from since Archie was born. Regardless of what people think, their son comes before everything else. Besides, it’s not like these two are afraid of causing controversy.
After all, there rarely seems to be a time when they’re not supposedly being the troublemakers of the monarchy. Even before Meghan came along, Harry had a reputation for acting out of line and behaving in a way not befitting of a royal. Bad press means nothing to them anymore.
Doing it their way
Many of the couple’s more controversial moments seemed to come after Archie’s birth. From the drama of the private christening to the outrage at them not using commercial planes, their actions have caused a lot of upset in recent months.
However, the more that people fight against them, the less it seems to bother the pair. They might not be perfect, but just because they’re breaking some of the monarchy’s traditions, that doesn’t mean they’re doing things wrong. What’s the problem with rewriting the royal rulebook every now and again?
In the Queen’s favor
Luckily, while the public might be in two minds about Harry and Meghan, the same can’t be said for their family. Even though the couple seems to be straying from the monarchy, they’re seemingly still beloved by their relatives.
The Queen, for instance, allegedly has a good relationship with the pair. She’s frequently shown a fondness for Meghan over the last few years, from her early Christmas invitation to that one-on-one outing in June 2018. We’d say being in the monarch’s good books is a great place to be.
Gaining his approval
Philip also seems to have warmed to Meghan, even though he wasn’t too sure of the Duchess to begin with. The pair have come a long way since the Prince allegedly said that “one doesn’t marry [actresses],” and that’s mostly thanks to Meghan.
Apparently, she put in a lot of effort to win the man around, with the Express reporting that she did her research to impress the royal. Supposedly, the pair bonded after the Duchess chose to talk in-depth with Philip about his side of the family.
Close with his father
It’s not just Harry’s grandparents that seem to be fond of Meghan. The man’s father is also a big fan of hers, to the point that he even offered to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day.
Given that the Duchess was viewed as a controversial addition to the Royal Family, choosing to fill that fatherly role sent out a strong message to the public. Since then, the pair have reportedly remained close, with Meghan even allegedly helping mend Charles’ strained relationship with Harry. She’s a miracle worker.
Tensions in the family
Obviously, while she’s supposedly on good terms with most of the Royal Family, rumors suggest that not everyone in the monarchy is a fan of Meghan’s. She and Kate have reportedly been at war for months, with William also allegedly not fond of his brother’s wife.
The reason they can’t get along isn’t clear, but their tense relationship has been the stuff of gossip since before the wedding. With any luck, this rumored animosity between them will fade the more time they spend together. They are siblings now, after all.
An unforgivable scandal
Luckily, no matter how bad things seem to get between them, they probably won’t ever become as problematic as they have done with Prince Philip and Sarah Ferguson. The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly can’t stand his former daughter-in-law ever since she disgraced the family’s name in the ‘90s.
Suggestions of an affair, combined with those controversial photos, made the woman a talking point for all the wrong reasons before her divorce. The scandal deeply upset members of the Royal Family, with Philip disgusted by everything that had happened.
Can’t forgive and forget
It’s been decades since Sarah’s controversial antics, and still, things between her and Philip aren’t great. Most of the family has now forgiven her for what she did, putting their differences aside for the sake of her daughters.
However, although it was believed that Sarah and Philip had put the past behind them at Eugenie’s wedding, more recent reports suggest that’s not the case. Supposedly, the Duchess of York cut a trip to Balmoral short in August 2019, all because Philip arrived at the Scottish residence sooner than expected.
A cursed title
Many members of the Royal Family receive titles, whether they be dukedoms, earldoms, viscountcies, or baronies. However, one title that’ll probably never be passed down through the monarchy again is the Duke of Windsor. This is all because of the man who first adopted it – Edward VIII.
He was the Queen’s uncle who reigned as king for just one year before abdicating in 1936. After stepping down, the man received the dukedom to show he was still part of the Royal Family. However, that ended up being a colossal mistake.
Abdicating for love
Edward VIII’s reason for abdicating was one that plenty of people can probably sympathize with. The man was in love, but there was no way his family would allow him to marry his other half while he was king.
The woman – Wallis Simpson – was an American divorcee, something that was viewed a little differently in the ‘30s compared to now. Edward VIII essentially had to choose between his birthright and his heart, and it was the latter that won. Being a ruler wasn’t worth losing the love of his life.
Bored of the throne
Considering how long some royals have to wait to ascend to the throne, you probably wouldn’t expect anyone to give up the honor so quickly. However, Edward VIII had apparently already grown tired of life in the monarchy when he finally became king.
The man once wrote that he was “so heartily sick of being cheered and yelled and shrieked at,” indicating that he wasn’t sad to see the back of the throne. Of course, his abdication paved the way for the Royal Family we know and love today.
A different world
If it weren’t for Edward VIII’s actions, Elizabeth II probably never would have become queen. Without her on the throne, people like William and Harry wouldn’t have been so crucial to the media. The world would have been a very different place, although not necessarily a better one.
After all, the man who would have been king was quite a controversial figure. His rumored allegiances during the Second World War cast a shadow over his name. In fact, they’re the reason the Duke of Windsor has never been used again.
History repeating itself
When Edward VIII opted to leave the throne for Simpson, people were stunned. Putting love ahead of duty isn’t something that a monarch’s supposed to do, regardless of how they feel. Of course, there was no way that Wallis could ever become queen consort.
In the ‘30s, it was far too controversial for an American to sit on the throne, especially one that was already divorced. Following the abdication, a love like this wasn’t seen again for decades. Then, Meghan Markle stepped on the scene and brought history flooding back.
Luckily, attitudes towards American divorcees are a little different from how they were back in the ‘30s. Although Meghan met some resistance, her and Harry’s marriage was still embraced by the monarchy.
It helped that the Duke of Sussex wasn’t likely to ever become king, so there wouldn’t be the issue that plagued Edward VIII and Simpson. It’s a relief that the Royal Family have relaxed some of their rules because we couldn’t imagine Harry now without Meghan by his side. They just make the perfect couple.
The second time around
While the duo is perfectly happy just looking after Archie for now, it seems inevitable that baby number two will come along eventually. When they do, we can only assume that he or she will receive the same treatment with their name.
Rather than getting a title, they’ll just use the Mountbatten-Windsor surname. It wouldn’t exactly be fair to give the second child an earldom when Archie doesn’t have one. Plus, it would go against the couple’s intentions to keep their children out of the media spotlight.
One more left
Whatever the pair do decide to name their second child, it’ll probably be the last time they have to worry about this. According to an interview with Vogue, Harry and Meghan only plan on raising two kids.
They want to reduce their impact on the planet, and they believe that limiting their family size will do that. This caused some controversy, especially given how freely they appeared to be using private jets over the summer. However, it’s their family, so how many kids they have is entirely up to them.
Keeping things private
It’s also safe to assume that after Meghan’s second pregnancy, the parents will follow the same privacy procedures as before. People shouldn’t expect to get a glimpse of the new baby before the couple is ready to show them off.
Harry and Meghan will almost definitely attempt to give birth at home again, where they face no disruption from the media. The child’s christening will also likely be a private affair, no matter how controversial a choice that might be. These two aren’t going to budge for the public’s sake.
Not long to wait
We’ve got no idea when the second kid will come along, but we expect that it’ll probably be sooner rather than later. Meghan only has so long to conceive a child naturally, after all. Besides, if Archie’s going to have a younger brother or sister, the couple probably doesn’t want the age difference between the pair to be too big.
Hopefully, by the time this happens, all the drama around Meghan and Harry will have simmered down. No matter what people say, these two are never going to be traditional royals.
In January, 2020, Meghan and Harry proved to us for the umpteenth time just how untraditional they are as royals. Or should that be ex-royals? Taking to Instagram of all places, the couple announced their intention to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family.”
On the horizon for the two was financial independence, and essentially no longer being active members of the family who represent the Queen in different engagements. Going on step further, they then expressed their wish to divide their time between the U.K. and North America – specifically, Canada. And you thought your New Year’s resolution were ambitious…
Did they know then?
In light of the bombshell announcement, however, one question kept creeping into our minds – did Harry and Meghan know they would be leaving the Royal Family when they decided to give Archie a last name?
With the benefit that hindsight provides, it almost feels like they were testing the waters, to see what might be the reaction when they “normalized” their son. It’s entirely possible that when they saw it went off without a hitch, they received a little more confidence in undertaking a similar – though much more dramatic – shift on their own.
In the aftermath of the planned “Megxit,” as the move has been called in the U.K., details began to emerge regarding how Harry and Meghan’s life might look like post-Royal Family. To start with, they will get to keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which is certainly nice.
However, they will have to relinquish the use of their HRH titles – His/Her Royal Highness. Harry will reportedly remain a prince, and sixth in the line of succession, but we can’t help but wonder whether Harry Mountbatten-Windsor is completely out of the question…
No longer pleased with his grandson
Needless to say, the news of Harry and Meghan’s planned departure has not been well received with the Royal Family, not least because they reportedly completely blindsided them with the announcement. Prince Philip in particular, who must have enjoyed his grandson’s tribute to him mere months ago, was said to be especially furious.
When aides informed him of the news, one royal source revealed, the aging prince was “spitting blood.” Philip was mostly said to be upset with the impact this has had on his wife, Queen Elizabeth, and the alleged lack of respect they were showing her.
Going back to comfort his wife
In fact, it’s been reported that the Queen had little to no idea regarding Harry and Meghan’s plans for the future, and she didn’t even get so much as a courtesy heads-up. Reportedly, she learned of the news by reading a breaking news report on her iPad while she was staying at her estate in Sandringham.
It’s gotten to the point that Prince Philip had to leave Wood Farm, the modest cottage on the edge of the Sandringham estate where he’s been staying since retiring in 2017, and go up to the main house to comfort his wife.
Masterminding the move to strip them of their titles?
Consoling the Queen hasn’t been Prince Philip’s only contribution in the crisis, however. According to reports, Harry and Meghan initially hoped to work out an arrangement allowing them to remain part-time royals. Philip, who sacrificed his own naval career for the monarchy, wasn’t having any of it.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams speculated that it was Philip who pushed for an all-or-nothing approach, and then later advised the Queen to strip Harry of his military titles and both Harry and Meghan of their HRH titles. While unconfirmed at yet, it certainly sounds pretty on-brand for him.
Choosing Harry’s successor
Speaking of stripping Prince Harry of his various titles and responsibilities, it appears as though the move has already been initiated – and we have our first casualty. When Prince Philip retired in 2017, he gave up his position as captain-general of the Royal Marines to his grandson, Prince Harry.
Now that Harry is renouncing his royal status, however, he’s been stripped of the command. A successor has already been chosen, and reportedly she was hand-picked by Philip himself. Taking over for Harry would be none other than his aunt, Princess Anne, who’ll be the first female captain-general of the Royal Marines in British history.
Philip’s nightmares about William and Harry
Everything we’ve seen so far has been keeping pretty much with what we know about Prince Philip’s character. He’s a pretty colorful character, known for his one-liners and sometimes bizarre statements, but one thing we’ve never seen him be is sentimental.
However, in an old interview unearthed just recently, Philip displayed precisely that side of him – and it concerned both William and Harry! Speaking to Woman’s Own magazine, Philip said that he has nightmares about the sort of world his grandsons will inherit, one in which people can’t even trust their own neighbors.
Not the only grandsom to defy Philip
While it sounds surprising, the historically-rebellious Harry isn’t the only royal to go against his superiors’ wishes, specifically those of Prince Philip. Believe it or not, but Prince William has done it before. The future king is often as straight-laced and dutiful as they come, but when Philip expressed his desire that William join the Navy, William reportedly “stood his ground” and refused.
At the heart of the matter was his budding relationship with Kate Middleton, and Philip’s alleged desire to separate the two. Not wishing to be away from the woman who’d become his wife, William flat out refused, going to the Sandhurst Royal Military College instead.
Princess Beatrice pays her own respects
As we’ve mentioned before, Prince Philip retired from his royal duties in August, 2017, after completing 22,219 solo engagements. In fact, after stepping down Philip has rarely been seen in public, with his last appearance coming at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May, 2019. Now, it’s come to light that another royal wedding has been changed to accommodate him.
In May, 2020, Princess Beatrice will tie the knot with her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. While the wedding was originally slated to take place in Italy, it was moved to the U.K. so Beatrice’s grandfather Philip would be able to attend. Now that’s a good granddaughter.