Meghan and Harry latest news: Duchess’ staff responsible for removing her name from Archie’s birth certificate

Meghan and Harry latest news: Duchess’ staff responsible for removing her name from Archie’s birth certificate

February 1, 2021

MEGHAN'S name was removed from Archie's birth certificate by members of her own royal staff – NOT Buckingham Palace it has been revealed.

Aides at Team Sussex rewrote the document and replaced 'Rachel Meghan' with 'Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex'.

The mysterious change was carried out a month after Archie's birth on June 5th 2019.

The couple’s Californian PR team in statement on Sunday said changes to Archie's birth certificate were "dictated by the Palace.”

But Royal insiders say Buckingham Palace was not involved and that it was Kensington Palace officials.

A royal source said: "The birth certificate was changed by the former office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex they had when they were working members of the royal family.

"It was changed to ensure consistency of the name and title of the Duchess with other private documents."

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  • Martha Cliff

    MEG'S STAFF REMOVED HER NAME FROM THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE

    The mysterious change was carried out a month after Archie's birth on June 5th 2019.

    The couple’s Californian PR team in statement on Sunday said changes to Archie's birth certificate were "dictated by the Palace.”

    But Royal insiders say Buckingham Palace was not involved and that it was Kensington Palace officials.

    A royal source said: "The birth certificate was changed by the former office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex they had when they were working members of the royal family.

    "It was changed to ensure consistency of the name and title of the Duchess with other private documents."

  • Martha Cliff

    THIS IS THE SECRET BEHIND MEG’S WEDDING SONG

    The couple have revealed the poignant reason behind playing the song This Little Light Of Mine at their wedding. 

    Speaking on their new Archewell podcast the Duchess of Sussex, 39, said: "It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together.”

    Meghan said: “This Little Light of Mine played at the very end of our wedding…while we were walking down the steps of the church.

    "It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together. Because as we all know, 'darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that…"

  • Martha Cliff

    KATE HELPED HEAL WILLIAM AND CHARLES' 'ROCKY' RELATIONSHIP

    Kate, 39, is said to have got the Royal family together for Charles' 70th photo shoot in 2018 – in spite of hurdles like Harry and Wills' fallout at the time.

    The Duchess of Cambridge helped make the occasion happen and made sure her kids were all smiles for the camera, the Daily Mail reports.

    She has also encouraged Charles to visit their home, Anmer Hall, and last summer reportedly made sure her family was back in time from their holiday to the Isles of Scilly to coincide with Charles’s stay.

  • Martha Cliff

    WE WILL SEE MORE OF MEG AND HARRY IN 2021

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, sources close to the couple said Meghan and Harry are "optimistic and excited" for the future after a "rollercoaster" year.

    Discussing what 2021 has in store for the couple, the insider claimed: "We will see more of them and in a different way to how we saw them as working royals.

    "It will be more in line with who they are and the way they want to operate from now on."

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN 'GREW UP' ON THE SET OF AN 80s SITCOM

    Ed O’Neill has revealed that he has an unexpected connection to royalty in the form of Meghan Markle.

    Appearing on US talk show Ellen he told the hostess that the Duchess of Sussex was a regular on the set of his 80s sitcom Married With Children when she was just nine-years-old.

    He told Ellen Degeneres: “Oh by the way she grew up on the set of Married With Children did you know that? Her father was a camera operator.

    He added: “She used to come on the set in a little catholic school uniform, she was like nine.”

  • Martha Cliff

    MEG WAS ALWAYS A PRINCESS GROWING UP

    Thomas Markle JR previously claimed that Meghanwas always ready for royal life.

    He told New! magazine: "She was always a princess and never a tomboy."

  • Martha Cliff

    ARCHIE IS LIVING AN ‘ENID BLYTON LIFE’

    Analysing the Sussexes' latest Christmas card, body language expert Judi James claims the couple have made a conscious effort to protect their privacy while also presenting an idealised version of their new life in California.

    She told Fabulous: "This digitalised picture seems to glorify the Enid Blyton-style childhoods of vintage storybooks, suggesting a very besotted-looking Harry and Meghan are set on creating a look of idyllic, rustic intimacy rather than posing up the garden in their multi-million dollar mansion.

    "There is a suggestion from the pose that Meghan wants to contain and protect her precious family unit. Harry sits inside the tiny playhouse here, holding his face close to Archie’s and grinning at his son, who he holds with both hands."

  • Martha Cliff

    MEG 'LEARNED TO DRINK TEA BEFORE MEETING THE QUEEN'

    Before moving to London, the Duchess of Sussex is said to have taken a two-hour lesson including how to hold a cup and saucer and how to use a knife and fork.

    The etiquette class was led by Edmund Fry, who runs the Rose Tree Cottage tea room in Pasadena, California.

    “She is an amazing young lady, so very in control herself and very nice with people,” Edmund told Fabulous Digital.

    "She was very nice, not loud, very gentle, beautiful to look at, beautifully dressed, really well put out."

  • Martha Cliff

    SOMETHING IN COMMON

    Meghan’s son Archie and Princess Eugenie’s baby could have something in common when the tot arrives.

    If Eugenie decides to give birth in the same hospital that she was born in back in 1990, then the new royal baby and Archie Harrison will immediately share a similar story.

    Meghan welcomed Archie, one, in London's The Portland Hospital back in May 2019.

    Meanwhile, Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, were also born in the American-owned hospital.

    In fact, when Sarah Ferguson gave birth to eldest daughter Beatrice in August 1988, it made her the first member of the royal family to give birth in a non-NHS hospital.

  • Shayma Bakht

    HARRY NOT RETURNING TO SOCIAL MEDIA ANY TIME SOON

    Prince Harry told the Fast Company podcast on Friday that he and his wife had "no social media to quit," insisting they will return "when it's right for us".

    He said: "We will revisit social media when it feels right for us—perhaps when we see more meaningful commitments to change or reform—but right now we’ve thrown much of our energy into learning about this space and how we can help."

  • Shayma Bakht

    PRINCE HARRY URGES THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY TO "RESET" ITSELF

    In the foreword to the annual report of Travalys, Prince Harry wrote a warning to the travel industry to "do things differently, to do things better" to save the planet from a climate crisis.

    He wrote: "As the industry re-emerges from crisis, there is an urgent need to reset and reimagine.

    “This global health crisis continues to hold many in its grip, forcing communities and nations into one of the most difficult times in modern history."

    He continued: "Together, we have a responsibility — and opportunity — to rebuild for a more sustainable and equitable future; one our world needs, our children deserve, and where generations not-yet-born can continue to explore and enjoy the beauty and benefit of this home we share.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    FULL STATEMENT FROM PRINCE HARRY'S LAWYERS

    A statement on Prince Harry's behalf released after the short hearing this morning said: "Today, the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline publicly admitted in open court that they pushed a completely false and defamatory story.

    "And they've apologised for questioning the Duke of Sussex's commitment to the Royal Marines and British armed forces.

    "The truth is that the Duke's commitment to the military community is unquestionable.

    "Unsurprisingly, The Mail again misled their readers in December by claiming to make a charitable donation as part of an initial apology. They did no such thing.

    "The duke is personally donating the significant damages recovered from this legal resolution to the Invictus Games Foundation."

  • Shayma Bakht

    HARRY WINS CASE AGAINST ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS

    Prince Harry has won a legal dispute with a newspaper publisher over claims that he had fallen out with the Royal Marines.

    He sued publisher, Associated Newspapers, over two articles written in October 2020.

    Both newspaper pieces suggested the Prince had "not been in touch" with the Royal Marines "since his last appearance as an honorary Marine in March (2020)".

    At a High Court hearing this morning, the duke's lawyers said Associated Newspapers accepted that their allegations were false.

    Harry's lawyers argued the articles were "a personal attack" on his character.

    He has received an apology and substantial damages for the "baseless, false and defamatory" claims.

  • Shayma Bakht

    DID PRINCE PHILIP SNAP AT BBC DOCUMENTARY CREW?

    According to the book ‘Great Survivors: How Monarchy Made it into the Twenty-First Century’, Philip snapped at the crew during a film day at Balmoral Castle in the 1960s.

    He reportedly told them to “get away from the Queen with your bloody cameras!”

    The BBC documentary had originally been suggested by Lord Brabourne, the son-in-law of Lord Mountbatten and husband of Prince Philip’s cousin.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'BACK TO BUSINESS'

    The Queen, who has not been at Buckingham Palace since the start of the pandemic, is determined to “get back to business” with trooping the colour in the capital this summer, The Sunday Times reports.

    Last year’s parade was dramatically reduced and moved to Windsor for the first time during her 68-year reign.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    QUEEN TO WELCOME JOE BIDEN IN JUNE

    The Queen will host a post-Brexit get-together at Buckingham Palace this June with new US President Joe Biden and other world leaders.

    She will be joined at the “soft power” reception by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall, according to The Sunday Times.

    The bash is part of plans being drawn up by royal and government officials to cement the “special relationship” between Britain and America.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    CHANGING BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS 'UNPRECEDENTED' FOR A ROYAL

    Expert Ingrid Seward said: “For a royal to change a birth certificate is unprecedented but to remove forenames is remarkable.

    “Perhaps this is another sign they were desperate to do something different to the Cambridges.”

  • Shayma Bakht

     ROYAL FAMILY DOC FROM THE 60s WAS LEAKED ON YOUTUBE

    The BBC Royal Family documentary which was taken off air in 1969 has resurfaced on YouTube.

    The Times reports that it was leaked on YouTube by an unknown user.

    A few thousand viewers were able to watch the 110-minute programme, titled Royal Family, before it was hastily taken down.

  • Shayma Bakht

    SECRET SIGN QUEEN MAKES WHEN SHE'S BORED OF TALKING

    The Queen's secret distress call has been revealed – though its mostly used for when she's bored of conversations rather than emergencies.

    Royal historian Hugo Vickers told People: "It would be very worrying if you were talking to the Queen and saw the handbag move from one hand to the other. "

    "If she doesn't have her handbag, the Queen uses her wedding ring instead.

    "She gives it a discreet twist if she she would like to end a conversation quickly, and a more dramatic spin of the ring means she is particularly keen to leave.

    "Once they've seen the signal, staff will then pop over and interrupt."

  • Shayma Bakht

    QUEEN TO HOST JOE BIDEN IN SUMMER

    The Queen will host Joe Biden and other world leaders at Buckingham Palace before the G7 summit in Cornwall in June 2021.

    She will unite the leaders in the wake of Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic.

    She will be joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge under plans being drawn up by royal and government officials.

    This will be done to ensure the “special relationship” between the UK and America stays intact.

  • Shayma Bakht

    DORIA RAGLAND DOTTED UP

    Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, looked very trendy while running errands in Santa Monica this weekend.

    She wore converse Chuck Taylor sneakers and dotted, wide-legged trousers as she hopped out the car.

  • Shayma Bakht

    SOURCE SAYS QUEEN STILL LOVES HARRY AND MEGHAN

    A Royal source says the Queen still loves Harry and Meghan, but regular returns are not practical.

    They explained: "Her Majesty made very clear when they left the UK that Harry and Meghan were still much loved members of her own family and would be very welcome to attend family events. That still holds true.

    "Practically, however, it comes with the need for a certain amount of diplomacy. There is still a great deal of distance between Harry and many family members, particularly his brother. No one wants a repeat of the Commonwealth Service."

  • Shayma Bakht

    EXPERT SLAMS CERTIFICATE CHANGE

    Royal expert Ingrid Seward said: “For a royal to change a birth certificate is unprecedented but to remove forenames is remarkable.

    “Perhaps this is another sign they were desperate to do something different to the Cambridges.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    BIRTH CERTIFICATE SCANDAL SUMMED UP

    HARRY and Meghan secretly erased her first names from son Archie’s birth papers. “Rachel Meghan” was taken out to leave just “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex”.

    It may also be viewed as Harry aligning his wife with mum Di, who always used “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales”.

    Meghan and Harry did not not respond when The Sun on Sunday asked for comment but royal reporter Omid Scobie – author of biography Finding Freedom – tweeted a statement from a spokesperson for the couple on Sunday night.

    The statement insisted the decision to change the birth certificate was, ‘dictated by The Palace’ and not requested by, ‘ Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex’

    The Palace would not comment on Meghan and Harry’s statement.

  • Shayma Bakht

    FROGMORE HOLIDAY HOME

    The Duke of Sussex will stay at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor while back in the UK alone this summer.

    He is planning to attend royal events including Trooping the Colour – the Queen’s 95th birthday – in June.

    Prince Phillip’s 100th birthday falls in the same month.

    Baby Archie, who is nearly two, has not seen any of his British relatives since he was six-months-old.

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