Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explanation about why they changed her name on Archie's birth certificate is “unfortunate’, a reported Palace aide has claimed.
The couple reportedly removed her first and middle names "Rachel Meghan" from it a month after he was born.
It was replaced with the more formal "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex".
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed the change was "dictated by the Palace".
Their rep added reports it was a "snub" to other members of the Royal Family "would be laughable were it not offensive".
But the firmly worded response is said to have caused "bewilderment" among palace staff.
An aide told DailyMirror: "There is no set protocol with these things. The birth certificate is a civic document so there are options on how it is filled out.
"The language used suggesting it was 'the Palace' who 'dictated' it is somewhat unfortunate, as it certainly wasn't addressed like that.
"The statement and its wording poses more questions than it answers unfortunately."
Meghan's spokesperson said documents from “senior Palace officials” confirm the change of name was dictated by the Palace.
Meghan Markle and Harry's reaction to Archie birth certificate saga branded 'troubling'
The statement read: "The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials.
"This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex."
The spokesperson added that "any suggestion" of Meghan wanting to be "nameless on her child's birth certificate, or any other legal document, would be laughable were it not offensive" to the couple.
However, another source told The Mirror's Royal editor Russell Myers the change did actually come from the Sussex staff, not the Palace.
This was so it would fall in line with amendments she'd already made to her passport, according to the royal source.
The amendment was made by the couple’s personal team when they had their own staff based at Kensington Palace, who in turn reported to Buckingham Palace, it was claimed.
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