|Born||6 May 2019|
London, United Kingdom
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at 05:26 BST (04:26 UTC) on 6 May 2019 at the Portland Hospital in London. Several landmarks were illuminated in different colours to mark the birth, including Niagara Falls, the CN Tower and the London Eye. His name was announced on 8 May 2019. 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.
Mountbatten-Windsor descends paternally from the British royal family. He has mixed-race ancestry maternally, having African-American and Euro-American lineage. He has dual nationality of the United Kingdom and the United States. In early 2020, his parents stepped down from their roles as working members of the royal family. The family then moved to North America, and have resided in Montecito, California since the summer of that year.
As a great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, Mountbatten-Windsor is seventh in the line of succession to the British throne. Although not a Prince or entitled to the style of Royal Highness as a great-grandchild of the sovereign, as heir apparent to his father's Dukedom of Sussex, Earldom of Dumbarton, and Barony of Kilkeel, he is customarily entitled to use Prince Harry's senior subsidiary title Earl of Dumbarton as a courtesy. However, it was reported that the Duke and Duchess decided instead that he would be styled as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in accordance with their wish that he grow up as a private citizen.
Letters patent issued by King George V in 1917 granted the style Royal Highness and the title of Prince or Princess to the children of the sovereign, the sovereign's male-line grandchildren, and the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, while further letters patent issued by the Queen in 2012 expanded this to include all children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. This means that Archie, and any other children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are not entitled to bear the style during the Queen's reign.
Should Charles, Prince of Wales, succeed as king, the current letters patent would entitle Archie to the title of Prince. However, in the 2021 television interview Oprah with Meghan and Harry, the Duchess of Sussex said that, while pregnant with Archie, she had been informed that he would not be given the style of Royal Highness or the title of Prince. Making reference to the 1917 letters patent, she said that she had been told that changes would be made to remove that entitlement as part of Charles's reported plans for a slimmed-down monarchy. She suggested that this was because Archie was mixed-race.
The Duchess also said that during her pregnancy, a family member had raised with Prince Harry "concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie's] skin might be when he's born," and that she considered it "a pretty safe assumption" that the concern was that he would be "too brown". She and the Duke refused to identify who had made the remarks, and the Duke opined that it would be "too damaging" to reveal the speaker's identity or exactly what was said. Interviewer Oprah Winfrey later said that the Duke and Duchess had only told her that the remarks did not come from either the Queen or her husband Prince Philip.
|Ancestors of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor[unreliable source?]|
As Gary Boyd Roberts indicated in his press release, 'Meghan Markle is related to Prince Harry hundreds of times over'
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.
Archie Mountbatten-WindsorBorn: 6 May 2019
|Lines of succession|
The Duke of Sussex
| Succession to the British throne
7th in line
The Duke of York
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