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Meghan Markle’s Explanation About Name Change On Archie’s Birth Certificate ‘Totally Baffling’: Report

KEY POINTS

  • The palace had nothing to do with Meghan Markle’s move to change her name on Archie’s birth certificate 
  • The amendment on Archie’s birth certificate was made by the duchess’ former staff at Kensington Palace
  • The change was made to ensure consistency in Markle’s name with other private documents 

Meghan Markle’s explanation about the change of her name on Archie’s birth certificate was not true, according to a report.

Over the weekend, Markle made headlines because she changed her name on Archie’s birth certificate from Rachel Meghan Markle to Meghan, HRH The Duchess of Sussex. Markle’s spokesperson explained that the change was done as dictated by the palace, but several sources denied it and one even said it was “totally baffling.” 

“This is totally baffling. The Palace did not dictate anything, this amendment was made by staff within their former office at Kensington Palace and higher-ups at Buckingham Palace were always kept in the loop,” a well-placed source told Page Six.

Another tipster confirmed that the palace had nothing to do with the name change. Instead, it was done by the office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“The birth certificate was changed by the former Office of The Duke and Duchess to ensure consistency in the name and title of The Duchess of Sussex with other private documents,” the second insider said.

Page Six was told that Prince Harry and Markle didn’t request the change, but it was carried out by their former staff.

Markle’s spokesperson addressed the issue in a statement explaining the omission of Markle’s first name from the document. The rep confirmed the removal of her given name and stressed that Buckingham Palace was behind it.

“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,” the statement read.

The move received mixed responses from royal experts. The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter was thinking that it was probably the Sussexes’ plan. Meanwhile, Lady Colin Campbell considered it an “extraordinary” move that raised questions about what Prince Harry and Markle were thinking.

On the other hand, royal author and Majesty magazine editor-in-chief Ingrid Seward said the move was unprecedented and the omission of forenames was remarkable. She felt that it was another sign that the Sussexes want to do things differently than the Cambridges.

Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry quit frontline British royal duties this year and moved to California Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry quit frontline British royal duties this year and moved to California Photo: AFP / Michele Spatari