Rumors were circulating over the weekend regarding Archie Mountbatten-Windsor‘s birth certificate. However, the reports had little to do with Archie, and more to do with his mother, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
According to The Sun, a British tabloid, Markle had her name “Rachel Meghan” edited out of her son’s birth certificate to read, “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.” Some reports suggested that the ex-royal is responsible for the name change, however Markle’s spokesperson tells otherwise; Markle did not request the name change.
“The change of the name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials,” said the spokesperson. “This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex. To see this UK tabloid and their carnival of so called ‘experts’ chose to deceptively whip this into a calculated family ‘snub’ and suggest she would oddly want to be nameless on her child’s birth certificate, or any legal document would be laughable were it not offensive. There’s a lot going on in the world; let’s focus on that rather than creating clickbait,” Markle’s spokesperson added.
Before Archie’s birth certificate was updated, it was made available to the public. Royal fans noticed that the document listed Markle’s occupation as “Princess of the United Kingdom,” despite having the title of a Duchess because she shares her husband’s Prince status through marriage.
It isn’t the first time The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had to set the record straight on clickbait articles. In recent weeks, reports of the couple quitting social media over the constant harassment made rounds. Prince Harry, later denied these rumors in an interview with Fast Company last month.