Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 's reaction to the scandal surrounding son Archie's birth certificate has shed light on a "troubling aspect of Windsor life", a royal commentator claims.
The Duchess of Sussex was reported to have edited her son’s birth certificate a month after he was born to remove her real name "Rachel Meghan" from the document.
In its place "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex" remained, sparking mixed reactions including that it was a "snub to the Cambridges" or even a sweet tribute to Princess Diana.
A spokesperson for Meghan later said the change to Archie's birth certificate was "dictated by the Palace," which can be "confirmed by documents from senior Palace official".
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They also slammed suggestions that the alteration was a calculated move or a "family snub", calling the claims "laughable were it not offensive".
Daniela Elser, an Australian writer who frequently covers the Royal Family, says the couple's reaction to the saga speaks volumes about a serious problem within the Palace.
In a new column for news.com.au she says it's "significant that faced with a relatively minor, tabloid eruption, Meghan and Harry bluntly refused to wordlessly cop this latest accusation on their photogenic chins and instead chose to point the finger at the palace".
Ms Elser speculates the couple's decision may cause further damage to their relationship with the Royal Family, which is reportedly already rather strained.
However she claims it will also shed light on the incredibly demanding sacrifices anyone marrying into the family is obligated to make.
"This episode has shone a spotlight on a much more troubling aspect of Windsor life, which is the sheer lack of power Meghan had over her own existence and son when she was a senior member of the royal family," she writes.
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After marrying Harry in 2018, Meghan was forced to give up control over many aspects of her life including her name, religion, job and political agency, which Ms Elser says is "an inordinate amount to expect any person to happily give up in the name of marriage".
"If Meghan and Megxit have achieved one thing, it is to make the world take a long, hard look at the brutal bargain that entree into the royal inner circle demands and for that deal to be found profoundly and deeply wanting," she continues.
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"What sort of institution expects a certain mute obedience even when segments of the press are having a field day at your expense?
"Which coldly wants to edit a mother out of her own child's birth for some inexplicable reason?"
Ms Elser also refers to another Palace surname scandal, when the Queen changed the name future royal babies would carry to Mountbatten-Windsor.
The move came after Prince Philip famously moaned he was "the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his children".
She believes the drama around Archie's birth certificate is the latest example of his parents asserting their independence from the institution of the Palace.
"What the events of the last 36 hours however have demonstrated is that now that she and Harry are free from having to support someone else's agenda, they no longer seem willing to meekly wear the blame for events over which they have no control and will speak out wherever and whenever they see fit," she writes.
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