- The Duchess of Sussex used her birth name – Rachel Meghan Markle – on her baby’s birth certificate.
- Meanwhile, Harry used “Duke of Sussex” and his HRH title.
- The couple said they would stop using their HRH titles last year.
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The Duchess of Sussex dropped her HRH title on her daughter’s birth certificate, despite Prince Harry choosing to keep his.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on June 4. A photo of the birth certificate, released by The Sun on Thursday, shows the duchess used her birth name – Rachel Meghan Markle – instead of her title in the name section.
Harry, meanwhile, chose to use “Duke of Sussex” as his first name and “His Royal Highness” as his last name on the birth certificate.
The couple announced they would no longer use their HRH titles in an official capacity after they stepped back from royal duties in the spring of 2020.
However, the title “His Royal Highness” is still legally part of Harry’s name, which is why he was required to put it in the certificate.
“It’s his legal name – the document required his legal name,” a spokesperson for the couple told Insider, adding that the document required Markle’s maiden name.
They retain their “duke” and “duchess” titles, with Markle recently using “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex” as the author name for her debut children’s book, “The Bench,” released earlier this month.
Markle previously used her royal title on her son Archie’s birth certificate. Archie Harrison was born on May 6, 2019, when the duke and duchess were still full-time senior royals.
Markle used the name “Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex,” while Harry used his full name, “His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex.”
Their occupations were listed as Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom.