Meghan Markle slammed a report that claimed she had changed her name on Archie’s birth certificate.
A representative for Meghan Markle released a powerful statement condemning an “offensive” report that the duchess had removed her first names — Rachel Meghan — from the legal document one month after Archie Harrison’s birth in May 2019.
“‘Rachel Meghan’ was taken out to leave just ‘Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex,'” The Sun reported on Saturday. “The unprecedented move could be seen as a snub to the Cambridges who have included Kate’s names on her children’s certificates. It may also be viewed as Harry aligning his wife with mum Di, who always used ‘Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.'”
The duchess’ representative said it was Buckingham Palace’s decision, not her own, to remove her name from the document.
“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 representative said in a statement obtained by Insider.
“To see this UK tabloid and their carnival of so-called ‘experts’ chose to deceptively whip this into a calculated family ‘snub’ and suggest that she would oddly want to be nameless on her child’s birth certificate, or any other legal document, would be laughable were it not offensive. There’s a lot going on in the world; let’s focus on that rather than creating clickbait,” the statement added.
It was unclear why the palace made the change. But Robert Jobson, the royal editor at the Evening Standard, told Insider that changing the birth certificate was “normal practice.”
“Meghan’s title is HRH The Duchess of Sussex, and therefore that is what her name is,” he said.
Buckingham Palace did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.