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Why Archie is not a prince

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — With the birth of another British royal to a British prince, one would assume the newest member of the royal family would be a prince.

But that is not the case.

Archibald Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is seventh in line for the British throne, behind his grandfather (the Prince of Wales), his uncle (the Duke of Cambridge), his three cousins (the children of Prince Harry, the Duke of Cambridge), and his father (the Duke of Sussex).

Because Prince Harry is the younger son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, Archie is not automatically entitled to royal highness within the United Kingdom and, as such, is not a prince.

In these cases, children of dukes are often given other titles, like the Earl of Dumbarton, which many expected would be the case.  However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided against giving him a title and he will instead be know as “Master Archie”.

The BBC says many lower-ranking royals in European monarchies have been avoiding royal titles even when they are fully qualified so they could pursue private lives without the scrutiny of title.

But, if Prince Charles does become king, Archie would be entitled to royal highness and gain the title of prince since he would be a male-line grandchild of a king.

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