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Harry and Meghan scolded for being ‘obsessed with titles but not duty’ after Archie row

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have been scolded for being “obsessed with titles but not duty” following reports they rejected an earldom for their son Archie.

He wrote on Twitter: “This couple are cartoon.

“Obsessed with Royal names and titles – yet not the duties that come with them.

“It’s amazing.”

It comes after the couple were “worried” about the “potential pitfalls” of the title.

A source told the Telegraph: “They didn’t like the idea of Archie being called the Earl of Dumbarton because it began with the word ‘dumb’. They were worried about how that might look.”

Another insider added: “It wasn’t just Meghan who pointed out the potential pitfalls, it also bothered Harry.”

The Earl of Dumbarton title has a long history since it was created in the Peerage of Scotland in March 1675.

It was initially set up for Lord George Douglas, who was the son of the Marquess of Douglas and younger brother of the Earl of Selkirk, for his services fighting in the Franco-Dutch War.

Harry and Meghan were "worried" about the "potential pitfalls" of the title (Image: PA)
Harry and Meghan were “worried” about the “potential pitfalls” of the title (Image: PA)

Harry and Meghan have previously spoken about their unhappiness over their son’s title.

During their bombshell interview with Oprah in March, Meghan said Archie was not given a royal title, which meant he would no longer receive taxpayer-funded security.

She also suggested the decision may have been due to the colour of his skin. Buckingham Palace later responded: “Recollections may vary.”

Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never become a prince by Harry's father Charles (Image: GETTY)
Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never become a prince by Harry’s father Charles (Image: GETTY)

She said: “They didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol, and (said) that he wasn’t going to receive security.

“In those months when I was pregnant we have in tandem the conversation of, you won’t be given security, not gonna be given a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

Meghan also said in the interview she did not care about “all the grandeur surrounding this stuff”.

She added: “The most important title I’ll ever have is mom.”

Charles was also revealed to be supporting the pair with a "substantial sum" (Image: GETTY)
Charles was also revealed to be supporting the pair with a “substantial sum” (Image: GETTY)

It was also reported last week Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never become a prince by Harry’s father Charles.

This could be due to the heir to the throne preferring a slimmed-down monarchy when he takes over from the Queen.

Charles was also revealed to be supporting the pair with a “substantial sum” in the months following Megxit last year, despite Harry claiming his family “literally cut me off financially”.

Clarence House financial accounts showed Charles continued to fund the Sussexes until the summer of 2020, even though the duke told Oprah he stopped getting financial support from his family in the first quarter of that year.

A senior Clarence House spokesperson said: “As we’ll all remember in January 2020 when the duke and duchess announced that they were going to move away from the working royal family, the duke said that they would work towards becoming financially independent.

“The Prince of Wales allocated a substantial sum to support them with this transition.

“That funding ceased in the summer of last year. The couple are now financially independent.”

When asked about Harry’s remarks, the spokesperson said: “I wouldn’t acknowledge that they are dramatically different. All I can tell you are the facts.”

A spokesperson for the Sussexes responded there was no difference in timeline and that Harry was actually referring to the first quarter of the fiscal reporting period in the UK, which runs from April to July.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes responded there was no difference in timeline (Image: PA)
A spokesperson for the Sussexes responded there was no difference in timeline (Image: PA)

“The duke’s comments during the Oprah interview were in reference to the first quarter of the fiscal reporting period in the UK, which starts annually in April.

“This is the same date that the ‘transitional year’ of the Sandringham agreement began and is aligned with the timeline that Clarence House referenced.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

 

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