Meghan Markle “may have been wrong” to suggest that her son Archie should have been a prince, her friend and biographer Omid Scobie admitted.
In her bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, Meghan suggested that her son was not made a Prince due to a change in protocol and implied that the decision was made due to concerns over “how dark his skin would be.” In the new Discovery+ documentary “Harry and Meghan: Recollections May Vary,” however, Scobie said that “there’s more to the story.”
“If we are only going by what Meghan said to Oprah and what the palace have said so far about the situation with Archie, perhaps one can assume that Meghan was wrong in her interpretation of it. But we also know that there is much more to this story that we don’t know about,” Scobie said, according to Daily Mail.
Meghan claimed to Oprah that she did not care about the “grandeur” of official titles until she discovered it meant Archie would not get his own security unless he was a prince. Oprah said that she had heard that it was Meghan and Harry who did not want Archie to have a prince title, but the former “Suits” actress said this was not true and it was “not our decision to make.”
“In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time…. so we have in tandem the conversation of ‘He won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title,’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Meghan said. “And so, I think even with that convention I’m talking about, while I was pregnant, they said they want to change the convention for Archie.”
Protocol that has been in place for over a century, however, states that Archie did not have a birthright to be a prince. King George V issued a written order in 1917 that only royal offspring who are in the direct line of succession could be made a prince and receive HRH titles.
He wrote in the order that “…the grandchildren of the sons of any such sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms.”
Hugo Vickers, a renowned royal biographer, also said that Meghan misleadingly claimed in her interview that there was a discussion about whether the boy could take the title.
“Can I just take this opportunity to clear up one really serious thing that she said which was actually very misleading?” he said. “She said there was a discussion about whether Archie would be a prince or not. There can have been no such discussion.”
“I could bore you to death on exactly who is a prince and who isn’t, but it’s absolutely clear cut. And that is how she led into that whole issue (about racism),” Vickers added. “She was almost saying… slight implication that he couldn’t be a prince because of the possible color of his skin, which is a bit naughty I think.”