The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to give their firstborn, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, a life as normal as possible by refusing to pass on to him a royal title. This decision has highlighted how the Royal Family is changing, with fewer and fewer of its members wishing, or being able, to give themselves or their children a title, according to royal expert Daniela Elser. She told News.com.au: “The venerable institution is in danger.
“No, not because of clamouring republicans or penny-pinching Westminster types who resent paying for one particular already rich family to have their own train.
“Rather, there is a gradual but persistent erosion happening from within its gilded midst.
“Essentially, fewer and fewer people actually want to be a part of it.
“The arrival of Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor last week, and his parents’ decision to forgo a shiny title for him, only highlighted this fact.”
Meghan’s son Archie is Queen Elizabeth II’s eighth grand-grandchild – and one of the many who won’t be a working royal as an adult.
Ms Elser continued: “Of the Queen’s eight grandchildren, only ONE of them has (and can) give their own kids titles — namely, William and George, Charlotte and Louis.
“Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall can’t give their progeny titles and probably would not have even if they could, given comments they have made saying they were “lucky” to grow up in relative normalcy.
“Princess Eugenie’s sprogs (if and when she adds to the York line) won’t be titled and Princess Beatrice’s kids would only get a title if she married a bona fide Prince, Duke, Earl or Lord (and given she is dating property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, it doesn’t look likely).
“Essentially: Like a platter of devilled eggs left languishing at a cocktail party, royal titles are not particularly in high demand.”
Archie, by not becoming a duke, earl or prince, will be able to pursue his own career and interests and won’t be under the public scrutiny as much as his cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Prince Harry himself has complained in the past about the impact living surrounded by the media had on him and his mental health.
Remembering that, as a royal, he was required to walk behind his late mother Princess Diana’s coffin on her funeral when he was only 12, the Duke of Sussex told Newsweek: “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.
“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”