'Controlling' Meghan Markle & Harry 'dumb' & accused of 'only caring about image' after refusing Earl title for Archie
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are “dumb” and “only care about their image” after reportedly refusing the Earl of Dumbarton title for Archie, a royal expert said today.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have rejected the Earl title for Archie because it contained the word "dumb".
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They decided against the title Earl of Dumbarton for their son because they allegedly feared it would attract unfortunate nicknames.
The couple are currently living in the US, where the word dumb is commonly used as slang for stupid.
But royal author Phil Dampier today accused the couple of simply wanting to “control every aspect of their lives and how they are perceived by the public”.
He told The Sun Online: “Turning down the title because it had the word ‘dumb’ in it shows the fundamental lack of knowledge that Meghan has about royalty and British history.
“When she first became a royal we were told she would take UK citizenship and she would learn all about the UK and its history, but it never happened.
“To reject using it for this reason is dumb itself, you can’t just alter or dismiss ancient titles when it suits you.
“It shows how much Harry and Meghan care about their image and want to control every aspect of their lives and how they are perceived by the public, particularly in the US, where their future lies.”
He added: “It is typical of a Hollywood star, not a royal following tradition, and the way they resort to legal actions at the drop of a hat is reminiscent of film stars, not royals trying to solve a family rift.
Turning down the title because it had the word ‘dumb’ in it shows the fundamental lack of knowledge that Meghan has about royalty and British history."
“It just proves the Queen was right to decide they couldn’t be half in and half out of the royal family, as they only want to take the bits of monarchy which suit them, not the whole package.”
Referring to 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' [and] 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.”
It comes as Prince Charles’ annual report, released last night, showed Harry received a “substantial” sum from him – despite the Duke telling the world he was “cut off financially”.
Mr Dampier added that the couple’s “lies” about being cut off by the Royal Family have put the other 17 Oprah Winfrey claims they made in doubt.
Figures show he gave both the Sussexes and Cambridges a share of £4.45million, despite Harry claiming he had been hung out to dry by the Firm.
Mr Dampier told The Sun Online it should be “added to a long list of things said in the Oprah interview which weren’t true”.
He added: “Harry’s people are claiming his statement about being cut off financially is not contradicted by the annual royal report because it refers to the first quarter of the financial year.
WHAT’S IN THE TITLE?
The Earl of Dumbarton title was first created in 1675 but became extinct in 1749 when Lord Dumbarton's only son died.
It was recreated in the UK Peerage by the Queen as one of the two subsidiary titles for her grandson Harry, who became Duke of Sussex when he married Meghan in May 2018.
His other subsidiary title is Baron Kilkeel.
We reported in March how Harry could have given Archie the courtesy title of Earl of Dumbarton – but chose not to.
“But perception is everything and the impression he gave in the Oprah interview was that he had been cut off by his father.
“He didn’t qualify it by saying he had been paid up to a point, but then cut off.
“I’m afraid you can add it to a long list of things said in the Oprah interview which weren’t true.
“Their claim that they had a wedding ceremony a couple of days before the big day was totally false.
“And it makes you wonder whether anything they said about racism in the royal family, or the fact that Meghan couldn’t get help with her mental health were true either.”
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