Prince Harry and Meghan’s son Archie’s surname caused massive Royal Family row years before he was born

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie's surname Mountbatten-Windsor appears to have a complicated story behind it, and is believed to have caused rows between Prince Philip and other key figures within the Royal family.

The surname is given to given to all Royal family members who don't have a title, and will most likely be given to Archie's sister who will be born over the summer.

According to the Royal.uk website, the surname didn't appear on an official document until 1973, but rows surrounding the name date all the way back to 1952.

Prior to his marriage with The Queen and becoming The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, 99, was known as Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.

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But there was chatter about his name not being neutral enough and so he changed his name to Mountbatten after his grandparents.

When Philip and Princess Elizabeth had their first child, Prince Charles in 1948, it was assumed that according to tradition, he would take his father's name.

However, when Elizabeth, 94, became The Queen in 1952, she was required to confirm the official surname of the Royal Family, with many around her wanting her to keep using Windsor and not change to Mountbatten.

Both Winston Churchill and The Queen's grandmother, Queen Mary, wanted her to use the name Windsor, and she agreed.


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It reportedly caused a huge issue and the matter was even discussed in Parliament, with Prince Philip said to be furious at the decision.

At the time, Philip reportedly said: "I am nothing but a bloody amoeba. I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children."

Philip continued to be upset about it for years to come and when the pair became pregnant with their third child, he wanted his children to have his surname still.

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In 1960, The Queen, who has had to cancel her birthday parade, finally did something about it and went to see the Prime Minister at the time, Harold Macmillan.

She told him "she absolutely needed to revisit" the issue and said it "had been irritating her husband since 1952."

Just 11 days before Prince Andrew was born on 8 February 1960, a compromise was finally met and The Queen adopted the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.

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