Almost a year after The Duke and The Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their royal duties and headed to Canada and later to sunny California where they purchased a $14.65 million home in Santa Barbara, yet another move they made put them under the spotlight again. Well, it isn’t like they were ever out of it, as ever since their relationship went public, all eyes are on them.
The birth certificate of Meghan and Harry’s only son and seventh in line to the crown, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, went public and everyone noticed a change in the mother’s name was made a month after the baby was born. Namely, ‘Rachel Meghan,’ the first and the middle name of Markle were removed. Instead, only the more formal ‘Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex’ remained.
Many saw this as a ‘snub’ to Prince William and Kate Middleton, as Kate’s name is on her children’s birth certificates. However, the spokesperson of the Sussex Royals said that the claim of a potential “snub” would be “laughable were it not offensive,” adding: “The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials.
According to The Mirror, Meghan herself insisted the move was “dictated by the Palace.”
Meghan and Harry wanted to be financially independent and according to media, they have already signed multi-million contracts with Netflix and Spotify.
They also split from the non-profit organization they shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and set up their own foundation, Archewell, which focuses on conservation, female empowerment and gender equality.
Prince Harry is said to be stepping on British soil after almost a year for the celebration of his grandfather’s 100th birthday. He will also attend his grandma’s birthday and the unveiling of the statue that he and his brother commissioned in memory of their mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace in July.