Since Archie was born back in May of 2019, the couple have stepped down from their royal positions, moved to California and even established a charitable foundation named after their son. And now that their daughter, Lilibet (‘Lili’) Diana, has joined the family, those changes are being reflected everywhere—even on her birth certificate.
As Town & Country Magazine reported, the names that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex used on Lili's birth certificate are different from what they wrote on Archie's. Whereas before, Markle listed herself as “Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex,” the new birth certificate required the duchess to use her maiden name. She listed herself solely as “Rachel Meghan Markle.”
Meanwhile, Prince Harry, who listed himself as “His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex” when Archie was born, reduced his title to “The Duke of Sussex, His Royal Highness,” which is his legal name.
Town & Country also noted that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had previously listed their occupations as “Prince of the United Kingdom” and “Princess of the United Kingdom.” These positions were not written on the new birth certificate.
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced in February that they would not be returning as working members of the royal family, a statement was released saying that the couple would be stripped of all their titles relating to their trusts and patronages (which sadly, even included Prince Harry's military titles).
However, the couple have maintained their titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Plus, according to tradition, when Prince Charles eventually ascends to the throne, Archie and Lilibet will still take the titles of prince and princess.
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