Prince Philip, 99, and Queen Elizabeth II, 94, married in 1947 when World War II was still very much alive in the minds of the British public. The palace then felt that it would have been badly received if the Duke had passed on his Germanic surname Mountbatten to his offspring when Prince Charles was born in 1948.
“I am nothing but a bloody amoeba.”
Another royal expert described the dispute over the Duke’s last name as “the long-standing plague between the Queen and Philip”.
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The book continues: “The title of Windsor house and family would remain in place, but, with the arrival of all the grandchildren whose position in the line of succession was low enough not to give them the right to be called ‘Royal Highness’, their surname would be registered as Mountbatten-Windsor.
Mr Irving goes on to explain how the issue of the Mountbatten-Windsor name continues to confuse royal fans.
After the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child Archie on May 6, 2019, he was listed on his birth certificate as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Mr Irving writes that Princess Anne, the Queen’s and Philip’s eldest daughter, has made a similar decision regarding her children. ”
The author continues: “This is how when Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a son in 2019, her name was promulgated as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, which was so baffling a lot of people the whole story had to explain.
“However, the compromise deal had been flouted much earlier when Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 and signed the register under the name Mountbatten-Windsor.
“She had, apparently, voluntarily given in to pressure from Uncle Dickie and her well-trained accomplice, Prince Charles. ”
The final queen is expected to be released on January 5, 2021.