Meghan Markle and Prince Harry rejected the title of Earl of Dumbarton given to their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor for fear that he’d be teased with dumb jokes someday, a new report by the Telegraph said.
Harry and Meghan eschewed the earldom first given to the Duke of Sussex by the Queen before his 2018 royal wedding by naming their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019.
A royal source told the news outlet that “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 source dismissed speculations that it could be Meghan Markle who pointed out the reason, saying, “It wasn’t just Meghan who pointed out the potential pitfalls, it also bothered Harry.”
News of the alleged decision quickly made the Duke and Duchess of Sussex the butt of the type of jokes they were seemingly intent on preventing their son from suffering.
BBC Radio 4’s newscasters usually straight-laced ‘Today’ show could not hide their laughter while reporting the news with one, Nick Robinson, ending it by saying, “Dumb and dumber.”
Dumb and dumber which is the title of one of Jim Carrey movies quickly spread online, with many internet users joking that Meghan and Harry should have named their son “the Earl of Wokingham.”
Archie not having a royal title was part of the grudges the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hold against the royal family as they revealed during their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During which Meghan incorrectly suggested that her son was deliberately denied the opportunity of being a prince linking it to the time when a senior member of the royal family expressed concern over the possible colour of Archie’s skin when he’s finally born.