Who is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor?
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is the newest addition to the British royal family. He is the first child of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. As it currently stands, Archie is at the seventh place in the line of succession to the British throne. Through his father, he is also the heir apparent of the Dukedom of Sussex, Earldom of Dumbarton, and Barony of Kilkeel. Born in the Portland Hospital in London, he is the eighth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. After his birth, his father reportedly said that he was “a bit overdue”. He is the first half-American, biracial royal child and has the citizenship of both the United Kingdom and the United States of America. As Prince Harry is the second and youngest son of Charles, Prince of Wales, Archie is not considered to be a British prince nor can he be addressed with the style “Royal Highness”. His parents have expressed their desire to raise him as a private citizen, so they declined to use one of Prince Harry’s subsidiary titles for Archie.
Birth & Relatives
Born at 05:26 BST (04:26 UTC) on May 6, 2019, at the Portland Hospital in London, Archie Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is the son of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. His father hails from the British Royal Family where as, his mother grew up in an American working-class household. Meghan, whose original name is Rachel Meghan Markle, was a prominent actress prior to her marriage to Prince Harry. She garnered fame for portraying Rachel Zane in USA Network’s legal drama series ‘Suits’ (2011-18). She has also appeared in films like ‘Get Him to the Greek’ (2010), ‘Horrible Bosses’ (2011), and ‘Dysfunctional Events’ (2012).
From 2011 and 2013, Meghan Markle was married to actor and filmmaker Trevor Engelson. After their divorce, Markle was in a two-year-long relationship with celebrity chef and restaurateur Cory Vitiello. They broke up in May 2016. In past, Prince Harry has reportedly dated Chelsy Davy, the daughter of South Africa-based Zimbabwean businessman Charles Davy, and Cressida Bonas, granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe. He and Markle began their relationship in June 2016 after meeting each other on a blind date that was organised by a mutual friend. They made their first public appearance together in September 2017. On November 27, 2017, the news of their engagement was made public. Markle subsequently quit acting, shut down her related social media accounts, and became more actively involved in various public undertakings as a member of the Royal family.
The couple exchanged their wedding vows on May 19, 2018, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in the presence of the Queen, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and several other members of the Royal family as well as a number of Hollywood celebrities. After the wedding, the newlyweds resided at Nottingham Cottage in London before relocating to Frogmore Cottage in Home Park.
At present, Archie is the youngest member of the royal family. He has three first cousins through Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge: Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and Prince Louis of Cambridge. He also has four second cousins. Through, Peter Phillips, the son of Anne, Princess Royal, and Olympic gold-medal-winner Mark Phillips, Archie is related to Peter’s daughters, Savannah and Isla, and through Zara Tindall, the daughter of Anne and Mark, Archie is related to Zara’s daughters, Mia and Lena.
Archie’s grandmother, Lady Diana Spencer, passed away on August 31, 1997. He is the step-grandson of his grandfather’s second wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. According to the reports published by The Times, his baptism ceremony is going to be held in July 2019 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Archie’s maternal grandparents are Thomas Markle Sr., a former television lighting director and director of photography, and Doria Ragland, a retired social worker and yoga instructor.
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Inheritance & Aristocratic Titles
As Archie’s father is not the firstborn son of Prince Charles, Archie is not regarded as a prince of the United Kingdom and cannot use the style “Royal Highness”. One of Prince Harry’s subsidiary titles, Earl of Dumbarton, for instance, could have been used to address him, but his parents decided to bring him up as a private citizen and be styled as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. While his great-grandmother is on the throne, he is after his paternal grandfather, uncle, first cousins, and father in the line of succession.
Controversies & Racist Attacks
From the time Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their relationship public, Meghan has been subjected to racism and sexism. It became so extreme that the British royal family's communications secretary was forced to address it in an official statement released in November 2016. After Archie’s birth, he too was not spared. Furthermore, his parents were criticised for how they handled things after he was born. After the couple put out pictures with the Queen and Archie, many people thought that they were breaking protocols.