The Sun claimed on Saturday that Meghan had “taken the unprecedented action of removing” her first and middle names, Rachel Meghan, from Archie Harrison’s birth certificate to include only her title, “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex,” in the “mother” category. However, this report was disputed by Meghan’s spokesperson on Sunday, January 31.
The spokesperson said via a statement to E! News, “The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials. This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex.”
The report published by The Sun included a photo of an official document noting that Meghan’s name was removed from his son’s birth certificate in June 2019 as authorized by the Registrar General. In addition, harry’s name was also changed from “His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex” to “His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex.”
According to The Sun, the name changes happened amid reports of tensions between Prince Harry and his brother Prince William. The publication added that the edits could be seen as a snub to couple William and Kate Middleton. The formal name Catherine appeared on all the birth certificate of their children.
Meghan’s spokesperson added, “To see this U.K. 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. There’s a lot going on in the world; let’s focus on that rather than creating clickbait.”
Not only that but The Sun reported that the edit could also be a way for Harry to align his wife with his late mom Princess Diana who used “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales” only on her sons’ birth certificates.
Last year, Meghan and Harry agreed to give up their titles “Royal Highness” after they departed as working members of the royal family. Diana also gave up the same title after divorcing Prince Charles.
Meghan and Harry moved to Canada and eventually settled in at their new home in Montecito in California.