In a colossal gaffe that will drive conspiracy theorists into overdrive, the official Royal Family website listed baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s parents as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The announcement on Archie’s own page on the Royal website read: “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5:26 on Monday 6th May. He is the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and is the seventh in line to the throne.”
It’s the kind of mistake that happens all the time.
But with with one of the most keenly-anticipated and closely-scrutinised births of the year it’s a massive embarrassment for the royals’ PR team.
Its the second ‘doh!’ moment for the team, after an announcement that Meghan Markle had gone into labour failed to send, and eventually materialised after Baby Archie was born.
More than one chain of conspiracy theory tweets had speculated that Maghan Markle’s pregnancy was somehow faked and that the real parents were Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Archie skipped ahead in the line to the throne if he’s the first child of the duke and duchess of Cambridge lol pic.twitter.com/fKlYGUH7LU
— Danielle (@ForeverWithJoeJ) 8 May 2019
Ok wait. Wtaf?
“The youngest addition to the royal family may even share a moniker with his cousin. In January it emerged that Prince George, the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and future king, also goes by a nickname of Archie.”
— Megan Murphy (@meganmurp) 8 May 2019
Why is he Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and not Archie Sussex? William’s children are all Cambridges
— Christina Royal (@chrissieroyal) 8 May 2019
Now, even though it was clearly a humiliating error that could end up with someone backstage at the Palace losing their job, that gossip will likely go on for years.