The secrets revealed in baby Archie's birth certificate!

It's been released

Editor / May 17 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have finally released their son's birth certificate. Archie Harrison was the only royal whose birth certificate had not been revealed - but now it has!

And here's five things we have learned!

 

1. Archie was not born at home

We knew Meghan had wanted a home birth but she actually gave birth at the private Portland Hospital in Westminster, London, where the cost of a basic birth begins at £6,100.

Meghan isn't the only royal who has given birth at Britain's only fully private maternity hospital.

Sarah, Duchess of York, gave birth to Prince Harry's cousins, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie at the hospital in Harley Street, central London.

It's known for it luxury and hotel-like rooms

 

2. Meghan is an official Princess!

You might know Meghan as the Duchess of Sussex, but following her May 2018 marriage she did also technically become a princess.

She's unable to use the title Princess Meghan due to royal tradition - shame!

Meghan is not the first royal to list her occupation as princess - Catherine did the same on her children's birth certificates.

 

3. Prince Harry took a total of 11 days to register Archie's birth

This is "pretty normal", according to Alicja Gilroy, who works as a superintendent registrar. What's interesting is that Harry didn't line up with a gang of other new fathers to register his son's birth - the registrar came to Harry and Meghan's home, Frogmore Cottage to make it easier for them!

In the UK you have a 42-day deadline to register a birth.

 

 

 

4. Harry signed the birth certificate

Prince Harry registered the birth of his son but Meghan may well have been present. Officially, only one parent is required on the register.

Sadly we don't get to see how the new (possibly sleep-deprived) dad's signature. The copy of the birth certificate issued to the public  is a typed-up version of the original.

 

5. No special treatment for Archie and his dad

Despite being royal, the birth certificate wasn't signed by one of the most senior employees at Westminster Register Office.

Just like with "normal people" it was handled by whoever was available and on duty - which in this case was a deputy registrar called Dexsha Mevada.

 

 

 

Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.