The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have refused the royal title for their two-year-old because it contained the word ‘stupid’, a source told The Telegraph.
So why would Harry and Meghan reject the title Earl of Dumbarton for Archie – and where in Scotland is he?
Here’s all you need to know.
Why did Harry and Meghan “reject the Earl of Dumbarton title for Archie”?
But royals feared the nickname would lead to cruel nicknames for Archie, it was reported.
The word ‘stupid’ is commonly used as a slang word in the United States, where Harry and Meghan are now based, meaning ‘stupid’ or ‘silly’.
The couple feared Archie would be teased about the title.
A source told The Telegraph: “They didn’t like the idea of Archie being called the Earl of Dumbarton because it started with the word ‘stupid’.
“They were worried about what it might look like.”
A second source said it wasn’t just Meghan who had concerns, with the title not sitting comfortably with Harry either.
“It wasn’t just Meghan who pointed out the potential pitfalls, it bothered Harry as well,” they said.
The couples apparently wouldn’t want titles for their children.
Where is Dumbarton?
Dumbarton is a town near Glasgow on the north bank of the River Clyde.
The region is steeped in history and was founded in the fifth century, acting as the capital of the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde.
It became a royal borough in 1222.
Dumbarton Castle is the city’s best-known landmark, having been used as a military fortress and royal residence.
In 1548, Mary Queen of Scots was kept at the castle for several months for protection before traveling to France to get married.
Dumbarton became a hub of Scottish commerce in the 19th century, especially for shipbuilding, glassmaking and whiskey making.
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When was the title Earl of Dumbarton created?
The title of Earl of Dumbarton belongs to the Scottish nobility and has strong military ties.
It was first created in 1675 for Lord George Douglas, in appreciation of his services during the Franco-Dutch War.
But the title soon died out in 1749, when Lord Douglas’ only son died without getting married or having children.
After a period of extinction – 260 years to be precise – the title was brought back and presented to Harry by the Queen upon her marriage to Meghan in 2018.
What was the reaction?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly rejected the title caused a sensation in Scotland, where people are used to hearing the name of the place.
Twitter users rushed to defend the ancient city, with one saying, “Most of the people of Dumbarton don’t care about the land nobility and cannot identify with them.
Another simply said, “I’m from Dumbarton and I’m proud of it.
Other social media users, not from the town, also jumped in to support the community, with someone writing, “Bet the Dumbarton locals and thanking their stars for their lucky escape.”
Another wrote sarcastically, “I’m sure those in Dumbarton are feeling the love tonight.”
And Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie responded to reports that Harry and Meghan had lightly turned down their local constituency.
The Labor politician said in a Tweet that she was reflecting on “this low blow” and joked that she would issue a full statement in the morning.
She posted a meme of herself in the Scottish Parliament with the caption “‘My then”.