When their son was born Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided not to give him a royal title.
But despite their decision, one will be placed on him when he becomes an adult.
The pair, who turned their backs on royal life this year by moving away from the UK to live seek a more peaceful life, were hoping to raise Archie away from the palace.
But their son, who is seventh in line to the British throne, will still become a Prince.
Archie will automatically be given the title of ‘Prince’ as soon as his grandfather, Prince Charles becomes King.
It will then be up to him if he wants to dismiss his royal title of His Royal Highness once he turns 18.
While his parents kept their titles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they gave up their His or Her Royal Highness titles when they quit as royals and left the palace.
One royal expert says that even if Archie one day declines the title, he’ll still have to follow the royal succession rules around marriage because he is still an heir inline to the throne.
Once Prince Charles becomes monarch, the line of succession will be Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince Harry followed by his son Archie.
As the rules currently stand, according to the 2013 Succession of the Crown Act, Archie will need to seek permission from the monarch to marry.
This will most likely be Prince Charles or Prince William, by the time Archie is old enough to marry.
The same rule applies to Prince William’s children George, Charlotte and Louis when they decide to marry.
“As things presently stand, it might be anticipated that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, should he marry, will have to seek the sovereign’s permission unless one of his three cousins marry and have children first, as he will be sixth in line when his grandfather is king," Royal expert Iain MacMarthanne told the Express.
For now, Meghan and Harry are taking refuge from royal rules in their new Montecito, California home.
But their priority to keep Archie out of the spotlight remains, with an insider recently telling US weekly that Harry “wants to shield his son from the negativity and tension he would’ve been exposed to back in England.”
“Harry knows what it’s like to grow up in the spotlight, and he wants to give Archie the most normal upbringing possible.”
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