Why Meghan Markle is called Princess of the United Kingdom on Archie's birth certificate

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor

On Friday, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s official birth certificate was released. The newborn royal’s parents are both listed on the document — Rachel Meghan Markle and His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex — as well as their occupations. It’s Meghan’s job, noted as “Princess of the United Kingdom,” that has people scratching their heads.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

While Prince Harry has officially held the title of“Prince Henry of Wales” since his birth (although he’s gone by “Duke of Sussex” since his wedding), Meghan, who’s been called “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex” since her marriage on May 19, 2018, has never officially been referred to as Princess Meghan.

However, as the wife of Prince Harry, Meghan is entitled to use the female equivalent to his title – therefore she can go by Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.

The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who was born at the Portland Hospital in London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)

However, much like her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan goes by her duchess title.

Although it has never been confirmed by the royal family, it’s believed the Princess of Wales title is not used because of its link to Diana, Princess of Wales, who died tragically in a car crash in 1997.

It is likely this is why Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the second wife of Prince Charles, does not use the princess title either.

Neither the Duchess of Cambridge nor the Duchess of Sussex will be able to go by the title “Princess Catherine” or “Princess Meghan” in their own right. This is a privilege reserved by those of royal birth, such as Prince Harry’s cousins, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

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