Royal sources have claimed the Sussexes feared their son would be ‘bullied’ if he adopted the name. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly turned down a royal title for Archie because they didn’t like how it sounded. Palace sources have claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were offered the title Earl of Dumbarton for their son, but refused as it starts with the word ‘dumb.’
UK newspaper The Telegraph claims to have spoken to “multiple sources” who say the couple feared their son would be bullied in the US if he held the title. “They didn’t like the idea of Archie being called the Earl of Dumbarton because it began with the word ‘dumb’ [and] they were worried about how that might look,” one insider told the publication.
Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne, is not yet entitled to be an HRH or a prince as he is not the grandchild of the British monarch. However, he is the heir to the title ‘Earl of Dumbarton,’ which Harry already holds himself after it was gifted to him by the Queen on his wedding day. Meghan is also the Countess of Dumbarton.
Archie’s official name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Royal commentator Rob Jobson told Sunrise that Archie will inherit the title, which was previously used by Scottish nobility and draws on the town of the same name, “whether he likes it or not.” “If Harry ever does come back and go to Scotland, he’s not known as the Duke of Sussex, he’s known as the Earl of Dumbarton, and his son is the heir to that,” Jobson said. “It’s one of those funny things, the royals have got titles for different areas,” he explained.