The drama around Archie’s title may have been a misunderstanding, according to experts

'There is much more to this story that we don't know about'

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'There is much more to this story that we don't know about'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have stepped down as royal family members and relocated to California, but that certainly doesn't stop them from making headlines.

This past year has been no exception as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the news that they were expecting their second child, announced that they would not be returning to royal duties and took part in a tell-all interview with Oprah.

The rare move for the notoriously private couple saw record numbers of viewers, with the Duke and Duchess speaking about everything from mental health and their relationship with the royal family to their current pregnancy, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle even revealing that they are expecting a baby girl.

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The interview sent shockwaves across the world, proving incredibly divisive, with claims around baby Archie making particular headlines, from his not being allowed a royal title to 'concerns' about his race.

'The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,' the Queen responded quickly on behalf of the royal family. 'The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.'

This week, it was the claims that Archie was refused a prince title that got people talking, as royal insiders suggested that it may have been a misunderstanding. While the interview suggested that Archie may have been purposefully denied a title, royal insides have explained that perhaps his position in line to the throne could have been what prevented a title.

'If we are only going by what Meghan said to Oprah and what the palace have said so far about the situation with Archie, perhaps one can assume that Meghan was wrong in her interpretation of it,' royal biographer Omid Scobie explained in a recent interview as part of a new documentary, Harry and Meghan: Recollections May Vary. 'But we also know that there is much more to this story that we don't know about.'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not responded.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.