Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s children Archie and Lilibet aren’t senior enough to have HRH titles, which means they use the royal family’s official surname – Mountbatten-Windsor.
Being a senior member of the royal family means you get all sorts of fancy titles, including HRH, dukedoms and honorary ranks.
But the Queen’s relatives who are further down the line of succession don’t have this privilege, which means they have to use a normal surname like the rest of us.
So while Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis use their parents’ ‘Cambridge’ title as their surname at school, their cousins Archie and Lilibet use the royal family’s ‘official’ last name – Mountbatten-Windsor.
The moniker combines the royal name, Windsor, with Prince Philip’s surname, Mountbatten.
However the name caused a massive row in the royal family and was even raised in the Houses of Parliament, resulting in a rift between the Queen and her husband.
It didn’t appear on an official document until 1973, but the complicated story behind the name dates all the way back to 1952.
Before marrying The Queen and becoming the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip’s official title was Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.
However, his name wasn’t considered to be neutral enough so he adopted the name Mountbatten after his grandparents.
When the then Princess Elizabeth had the couple’s first child, Prince Charles, in 1948, he assumed, due to tradition, that their little one would take his name.
However, when Elizabeth went on to become Queen in 1952, she had to confirm the official surname of the Royal Family and many wanted her to continue using Windsor, instead of changing it to Mountbatten.
Winston Churchill is said to have been an advocate for the Royals using the name Windsor and The Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, agreed.
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