Meghan Markle clears up why Archie's birth certificate was changed

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP - Getty Images
Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Although Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, is now over a year old (in fact, he'll be two on 6 May - cute!), information about his birth certificate being changed has recently surfaced – causing the Duchess of Sussex to release a statement clearing up any subsequent confusion.

This weekend it was reported that Meghan's name on the little one's birth certificate was amended a week after Archie made his entrance into the world. A story circulated saying that the Duchess asked for her name to be changed from 'Rachel Meghan, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex' to instead simply read 'Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex'.

Some theorised it could be in tribute to Princess Diana, Harry's mother, who was listed on his birth certificate as 'Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales' and other 'experts' were quoted as saying it could be some sort of snub.

However, Meghan's team have now stepped in to clarify what exactly happened – and they say the name change on the document came about following a request from The Palace, not from Meghan herself. "The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials," the statement from Team Meghan (to HELLO!) begins.

Photo credit: TOBY MELVILLE - Getty Images
Photo credit: TOBY MELVILLE - Getty Images

The comment continues on to again stress that this was an order given from above, not by either of Archie's parents. "This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, nor by The Duke of Sussex."

It also adds that Meghan finds the accusations offensive, "To see this UK tabloid and their carnival of so-called ‘experts’ chose to deceptively whip this into a calculated family 'snub' and suggest that she would oddly want to be nameless on her child’s birth certificate, or any other legal document, would be laughable were it not offensive."

Unfortunately this isn't the first time that the Duchess has had a fall-out with a tabloid newspaper; she's currently in the process of a lengthy legal battle with the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a personal letter that she wrote her father, Thomas Markle, in the run up to her wedding.

But as for Archie's birth certificate, let there be no doubt on that one, folks! The record has well and truly been set straight.

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