Will Meghan Markle’s maiden name be removed from Lilibet’s birth certificate?

Will Meghan Markle’s maiden name be removed from Lilibet’s birth certificate?
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, tend to their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)

Instead of using her main married name, which is Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has used her maiden name in the birth certificate of her daughter, Lilibet Diana. 

The certificate obtained by TMZ reportedly showed Meghan's name put down as 'Rachel Markle' - with Meghan being her middle name. Meanwhile, Meghan's husband, Prince Harry, has used his official royal title of HRH (His Royal Highness) even though he and Meghan are no longer official members of the royal family. Prince Harry's last name is listed as 'HRH' and his first as 'The Duke of Sussex'. The birth certificate of Lilibet Diana is a public document in the US state of California, where the couple lives in their million-dollar Montecito mansion. 


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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

According to Daily Mail, the fact that Meghan Markle has used her maiden name on Lilibet Diana's certificate might spark a row between Meghan and the royal family as was the case when reports said that her maiden name was removed from her son Archie’s birth certificate. Initial reports suggested that Meghan had removed her Christian names from Archie's birth certificate. However, the Sussexes hit back with a furiously worded statement stating that the removal of her Christian names had been "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."


They further added, “To see this UK tabloid and their carnival of so-called 'experts' chose to deceptively whip this into a calculated family 'snub' and suggest that she would oddly want to be nameless on her child's birth certificate, or any other legal document, would be laughable were it not offensive. There's a lot going on in the world; let's focus on that rather than creating clickbait."


What happened with Archie's certificate?

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Archie was born on May 6, 2019, and his birth was registered officially on May 17, 2019. The certificate previously included “Rachel Meghan”, which was reportedly changed on June 6. It was assumed by many that the change in title to “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex” was a tribute to Prince Harry’s late mother Princess Diana who went with the title “Royal Highness the Princess of Wales”. But sources close to the couple say Buckingham palace wanted it that way. 


An image of the alleged birth certificate, obtained by the Sun at the time showed that Meghan’s name was removed from Archie’s birth certificate in June on the authority of the Registrar General. It also states that Harry's name and title were also changed from "His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex" to "His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex."


However, it is not yet known if the palace will again step in to alter Meghan's name again. 

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