Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rejected Earl title for Archie over nickname fears

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry "rejected" an Earl title for their son Archie because the proposed name contains the word 'dumb', according to reports.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who will be the subject of a new lifetime film set to be released this autumn, reportedly decided against their son being named the Earl of Dumbarton over fears it would attract cruel nicknames.

Unlike Prince William’s three children, Archie doesn’t have a royal title and instead goes by his full name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

A source told The Telegraph: “They didn’t like the idea of Archie being called the Earl of Dumbarton because it began with the word ‘dumb’ [and] they were worried about how that might look.”

Another insider said: “It wasn’t just Meghan who pointed out the potential pitfalls, it also bothered Harry.”

The claims afters months long talk over whether Archie will ever be officially named a Prince.

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Royal convention dictates that the youngster should become Prince Archie when Prince Charles takes over the throne, but the source suggested to The Telegraph that Harry “feared” his father would change the George V convention – meaning Archie will never be given the title of Prince.

It was previously believed that the royal parents didn’t want to give their children titles in order to let them live more 'normal' lives outside of the royal family.

Harry and Meghan addressed the situation during their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.

Speaking to the American daytime host, Meghan explained: “All the grandeur around this stuff is not really important to me.

“But in those months when I was pregnant, all around same time: we have in tandem he won’t be given security, a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

Prince reportedly plans to slim down the royal family because he believes the public no longer want to pay for a growing monarchy.

He is believed to have informed senior members of the family of his decision to limit the number of working royals, which could come into effect when he becomes King.

The Earl of Dumbarton was first created in 1675 but became non-existent in 1749 when Lord Dumbarton’s only son passed away.

The title was re-established in the UK Peerage by the Queen, as one of the two subsidiary titles for her grandson Harry after he tied the knot with Meghan in 2018.

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