According to a royal expert, the drama was likely a misunderstanding.

By Alicia Brunker
May 01, 2021 @ 12:41 pm
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It's been two months since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's sit-down with Oprah, and the internet is still reeling over many of the bombshell claims they made against the royal family in the interview. Of the revelations, the couple said the monarchy refused to give their son, Archie, a prince title and denied him security, implying the reason was due to concerns over his skin color. But as it turns out, the drama surrounding the situation might have been a huge misunderstanding.

According to biographer Omid Scobie, there's a chance that Meghan was "wrong" about the protocol regarding royal titles, and that Archie wasn't intentionally being treated differently than his cousins. More than a century ago, King George V issued a written order stating that only royal children who are in the direct line of succession to the throne — meaning Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren and the eldest grandchild of Prince Charles — could be made a prince or princess and receive HRH titles.

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"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," Scobie said in an interview for the new documentary, Harry and Meghan: Recollections May Vary.

He added, "But we also know that there is much more this story that we don't know about."

During her discussion with Oprah, Meghan said she only wanted Archie to have a title for safety reasons. "If it meant he was going to be safe, of course," she said of her desire for him to be a prince. "All the grandeur around this stuff is an attachment I don't have…the most important title I will ever have is mom."