Prince Harry and Meghan's decision not to give a title to Baby Archie was a clue that the couple wanted out of the royal family months ago, an expert has claimed.
The couple's bombshell statement announcing they would "step back" from their royal duties sent reverberations throughout Buckingham Palace as it struggled to deal with the subsequent fallout.
The Queen informally referred to the pair as "Harry and Meghan" in a statement this week, a highly unusual break from protocol which prompted speculation they could be forced to give up their royal titles.
But signs of the couple's departure may have been there all along and show they have a "wider masterplan" for their new lives, royal expert Joe Little claims.
Baby Archie is entitled to be known as The Earl of Dumbarton, owing to his lofty status as the first-born son of HRH Prince Harry.
However, Harry and Meghan have decided not to use the name and instead decided he would be styled as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in accordance with their wished that he be raised as a private citizen.
Last week's announcement now has some keen observers wondering if they were in fact planning to leave the family for some time.
Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, said : "The fact Archie isn't Earl of Dumbarton or styled HRH makes me wonder whether this wasn't already part of a wider masterplan."
The Earl of Dumbarton is a secondary title that was created for Harry on his wedding by the Queen and refers to the Dumbarton in the area West Dunbartonshire, Scotland.
Prince Harry may have even offered a clue he wanted out of the spotlight as a young boy , according to an anecdote by his former protection officer.
Ken Wharfe recalled how he overheard four-year-old Prince Harry telling his brother he could could "do what he wanted" because he would never be king.
Wharfe recalled the fascinating incident which happened as the family were travelling from London to Gloucester during a weekend over thirty years ago.
According to Wharfe, Prince Harry and his brother William became locked in an argument as they drove to their destination.
He told LBC : "I had the privilege of working with his mother, William and Harry and many other members of the royal family .
"I remember a moment of Harry as a four-year-old, travelling down to Gloucester one weekend. He and his brother had an argument in the back seat of the car being refereed by the nanny.
"And in the end, Harry said: 'You'll be king one day, I won't. Therefore I can do what I want!'
"Diana said 'Where the hell did he get that from?'
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