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How Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s birth registration was changed

The birth registration of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was altered soon after it was first completed. The change was agreed to and made three weeks after the original registration.

A copy of the document, obtained by The Sun, showed that a change was made to the entry to alter the way the names of both Harry and Meghan are represented on the registration. The process is usually known as a correction with details of how to go through the procedure available on the General Register Office website.

On the original entry, Harry was shown as His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex. The change notes that this should be His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex.

The alteration to Meghan’s name changes it from Rachel Meghan, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. Neither of her given names feature on the altered registration.

Birth records are public documents. When Archie was registered, on May 17th 2019, his parents shared a copy of the certificate produced publicly. Anyone can request a copy of a birth registration.

The alterations were made on June 5th 2019, 19 days after Harry registered his son’s birth. Like all changes, these are shown as a note at the bottom of the original record.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex later released a statement saying ”The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6th 2019 in London. He is currently seventh in line to the throne.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.