Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had a major row over the royal family's last name. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used "Mountbatten-Windsor" as the surname for their son Archie and, later, for their daughter, Lilibet. But the last name caused a huge rift between the monarch and the late Duke of Edinburgh years ago.
Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip At Archie's Christening
Prince Harry's grandparents were present during Archie's baptism. However, both haven't met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter, Lilibet.
Lilibet was born weeks after Prince Philip died. Meanwhile, Prince Harry hasn't returned to the U.K. with his wife and kids in tow since 2020 because he feels that it isn't safe for them to be in his home country.
Prince Harry and Markle named their eldest child Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. When they welcomed their second child, they named her Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
The pair used "Mountbatten-Windsor" as their children's surnames. Normally, royal kids use their parents' titles as their last names. For example, Prince William and Kate Middleton's three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — all use "Cambridge" as their surname.
The last name that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose for their children was a product of a huge debate between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Daily Star reported.
Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip Had A Major Row Over Royal Family's Surname
Before Prince Philip married then-Princess Elizabeth, his official title was Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. However, the late royal abandoned it in favor of one of his grandparents, "Mountbatten," as he prepared to become the Duke of Edinburgh.
However, several commentators claimed that many, including Winston Churchill and the Queen's grandmother Queen Mary, wanted Queen Elizabeth to keep the surname "Windsor" instead of taking after her husband's surname.
The Queen decided to listen to her mother's advice leaving Prince Philip fuming because their first two children Prince Charles and Princess Anne, didn't use his last name. The two were born without a trace of his surname.
"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," Prince Philip allegedly said, per The Guardian.
In 1960, the couple compromised when they welcomed their third child, Prince Andrew. The Queen went to Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and announced that their second son would be given the double-barrelled surname Mountbatten-Windsor, which was what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used for their children, Archie and Lilibet.
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