Archie’s last name caused a huge rift between Queen and Philip
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s children, Archie and Lilibet, use the official royal family surname – Mountbatten-Windsor. This is because they are not senior enough to have HRH titles.
The nickname combines the royal name, Windsor, with Prince Philip’s surname, Mountbatten.
However, the name was even brought up in the Houses of Parliament and in turn led to a rift between the Queen and her husband.
It only appeared on an official document in 1973, but the complicated history behind the name dates back to 1952.
Prior to marrying the Queen and becoming Duke of Edinburgh, Philip’s formal title was Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.
Due to his name not being considered neutral enough, he adopted the name Mountbatten after his grandparents.
However, when then-Princess Elizabeth had their first child, Prince Charles in 1948 assumed due to tradition that their little one would take her name.
And when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, she had to confirm that the royal family’s official surname should be Windsor, rather than changing it to Mountbatten.
It is said to have caused such a problem that the matter was even discussed in Parliament.
At the time, Philip was quoted as saying, “I’m nothing but a bloody amoeba. I’m the only man in the country not allowed to name his own children after himself.”