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Archie gets prepped for the crown

Meghan Markle’s preparing her son for the throne.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex might have eschewed a royal title – or indeed, upbringing – for their son Archie, but sources say Meghan Markle is still playing the long game.

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New Idea Royal Monthly is told that Meghan is all too aware that her one-year-old son remains seventh-in-line to the throne until the William and Kate’s children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – have families of their own.

However, she has, rather morbidly, confided to friends that “anything can happen, so it’s best I’m prepared”.

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Baby Archie and Meghan Markle. (Credit: Getty)

Indeed even Robert Lacey, royal author and script consultant to The Crown, says in his latest book: “Who knows what can happen in an age of terrorist attacks and global pandemics? Six and seven could well get promoted to three and four, or higher.”

Our source explains that Meghan plans on ensuring Archie’s all clued-up on his royal side of the family – just in case.

“If the unthinkable did happen and Archie was required to return to England and fulfil a destiny no-one would’ve expected for him, a side of Meghan would be thrilled,” says the source.

“She’d get the rank and power that she always wanted – mum to a king, or even if he was just higher up in succession, it would give her the status she never had as merely Harry’s wife. Meghan is nothing if not prepared, and she’ll ensure Archie learns all his etiquette lessons just in case the prodigal son ever needs to return.”

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Meghan is said to love the English accent and wants Archie to have one. (Credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal)

We’re told that as part of Archie’s upbringing, he’s being read English literature – and Meghan encourages Harry to do most of it.

“She loves the English accent and wants Archie to have one,” a source says. “She thinks it’s more regal. When he’s a little older she’s asked Harry to educate him on British kings and queens of the past, royal protocols and traditions. At the least, she doesn’t want the snobs in the palace looking down on Archie if he ever returns with a strong American accent and little understanding of his UK relatives.”

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