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Archie was born on 6th May 2019 and his birth certificate was released later that same month.
All birth certificates are available to view by the general public, and Archie’s birth certificate includes Meghan Markle’s full name as well as her place of birth and occupation.
In January 2021, a story in The Sun claimed that the Duchess of Sussex had changed her name on Archie’s birth certificate by getting rid of “Rachel Meghan” and leaving only her royal titles.
A change to Archie's birth certificate happened on 5th June 2019, according to The Daily Beast.
However a statement released in January 2021 by Omid Scobie, which was written by a spokesperson for Meghan, put the rumours to rest.
The statement reads: “The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials. This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex,”
“To see this U.K. tabloid and their carnival of so-called ‘experts’…whip this into a calculated family ‘snub’ and suggest that she would oddly want to be nameless on her child's birth certificate…would be laughable were it not offensive.”
The statement adds: “There's a lot going on in the world; let's focus on that rather than creating clickbait.”
Meghan is listed on Archie's birth certificate under her birth name, middle name and royal title; Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex and her occupation is Princess of the United Kingdom.
Meghan later clarified that royal protocol dictated she be listed as a princess in the occupation field.
Meghan did not use her royal title on the birth certificate of her daughter Lili, who was born in June 2021.
This came after Prince Harry and Meghan announced in January 2020 they were stepping down from their roles in the royal family and confirmed they would split their time between the UK and North America.
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