Prince Archie of Sussex

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Prince Archie
BornArchie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
(2019-05-06) 6 May 2019 (age 4)
Portland Hospital, London, United Kingdom
FatherPrince Harry, Duke of Sussex
MotherMeghan Markle

Prince Archie of Sussex (Archie Harrison; born 6 May 2019) is a member of the British royal family. He is the son of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. A grandson of King Charles III, he is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.[1] He was born during the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

Birth, family and infancy

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 05:26 BST (04:26 UTC) on 6 May 2019 at the Portland Hospital in London.[2][3] He is the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Unlike previous royal births, there was no immediate photocall at the hospital steps.[1] His birth was announced by Buckingham Palace via a framed notice on an easel, though unlike previous royal births there were no signatures by the mother's doctors.[4] Several landmarks were illuminated in different colours to mark the birth, including Niagara Falls, the CN Tower and the London Eye.[5][6][7] His name was announced on 8 May 2019.[8] He has mixed-race ancestry, having African-American and European-American maternal lineage.[9] He has dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States.[10][11]

Archie's parents brought him to meet his great-grandparents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip for the first time when he was two days old.[12] He was christened wearing the royal christening gown by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, on 6 July 2019 in the private chapel at Windsor Castle, with water from the River Jordan.[13] In a break from royal tradition, his parents did not make public the identities of his godparents.[14] Four of the godparents were later reported to be Charlie van Straubenzee, Tiggy Pettifer, Mark Dyer, and the 7th Duke of Westminster.[15][16]

In early 2020, Archie's parents stepped down from their roles as working members of the royal family.[17] The family then moved to North America and settled in Montecito, California, in the summer of that year.[18] His younger sister, Lilibet, was born in 2021.[19]

Public appearances

In September and October 2019, Archie accompanied his parents on a Southern African tour to Malawi, Angola, South Africa and Botswana.[20] To mark his first birthday in 2020, he appeared in a storytime video with his mother as a part of the Save with Stories campaign, a project aimed at supporting children and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.[21]

Title, styles, and succession

As heir apparent to his father's dukedom of Sussex, earldom of Dumbarton, and barony of Kilkeel, Archie was at birth and by custom entitled to use Prince Harry's senior subsidiary title, Earl of Dumbarton, as a courtesy.[1][22] However, the media reported that the Duke and Duchess decided, instead, that Archie would be styled as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in accordance with their reported wish that he grow up as a private citizen.[23]

Upon the accession of Charles III, Archie became entitled to use the title prince and style royal highness, as the child of a son of the monarch, pursuant to letters patent issued by King George V in 1917.[24] However, sources reported that it was unclear whether he would use that title and style, noting that not all members of the royal family who are eligible for a title choose to use one.[25][26] In the interview Oprah with Meghan and Harry, the Duchess of Sussex said that she had been told that changes would be made to remove that entitlement;[27] Charles III's plans for a scaled-down royal family dated back to the 1990s.[28]

The official British website of the royal family was updated to refer to him as, "Prince Archie of Sussex" on 9 March 2023.[29][30] It was reported that any titles would be used in formal settings, but not in everyday conversational use.[31]

See also


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  10. ^ Alexander, Harriet (7 May 2019). Written at New York. "US tax authorities could stake a claim to Baby Sussex's inheritance". The Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Archived from the original on 6 May 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020. Los Angeles-born Meghan Markle is believed to have retained her US citizenship, and she will automatically pass that on to her offspring unless the child renounces US citizenship once he or she turns 18.
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