Meghan Markle ‘pointed finger at the Palace’ amid birth Archie certificate change | Royal | News (Reports)


The Duchess of Sussex denied she asked for her name to be changed on her son’s birth certificate. Her statement came after reports claimed the move was a “snub”.

Alterations in the birth certificate showed Meghan dropped her first name in favour of her royal titles.

The Duke also added Prince before Harry on the document.

Some royal commentators speculated the name change was a “snub” towards Prince William and Kate Middleton, whose names are carried on their children’s birth certificates.

But Meghan has rejected the claims and stated it was the Palace who requested the change.

A spokesman for the Sussexes said: “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.”

But royal commentators have accused the couple of pointing the finger at the Palace over the situation.

Daniela Elser, royal columnist, wrote on “Firstly, it is significant that faced with a relatively minor, tabloid eruption, Meghan and Harry bluntly refused to wordlessly cop this latest accusation on their photogenic chins and instead chose to point the finger at the palace.

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She wrote: “This episode has shone a spotlight on a much more troubling aspect of Windsor life, which is the sheer lack of power Meghan had over her own existence and son when she was a senior member of the royal family.

“As an HRH, Meghan had zero say over her job, her name, her religion, her right to exercise any sort of political agency, and even, back when she and Harry fell under the auspices of the Kensington Palace press office, her own Instagram account.

“That is an inordinate amount to expect any person to happily give up in the name of marriage.”

The Sussexes stepped down as senior royals to seek financial independence.

Since their move to North America, the couple have signed deals with the streaming giants Netflix and Spotify.

Leading up to the US election, Meghan and Harry also chose to comment on American politics. A move which caused a huge backlash from some royal commentators.

In September last year, the Duke told US citizens to “reject hate speech” during the 2020 US election.

During a broadcast as part of the Time 100, Prince Harry said: “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”

Meghan added: “Every four years, we’re told the same thing, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is.

“When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.”

The Duchess is the first person in the modern Royal Family to have voted in a US presidential election.


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