Prince Charles "dropped the ball" over his decision not to allow Archie to be prince, a royal expert has claimed.

Reports emerged earlier this month that Charles told Prince Harry and Meghan Markle he would alter legal documents so that Archie would not be able to acquire the royal title when his grandfather becomes King.

Traditionally, a grandchild of the sovereign has the right to be a prince but the Prince of Wales is known to be keen to slim down the monarchy when he takes the crown.

And royal historian Dr Tessa Dunlop claims, if true, the move was "clumsy" from Charles.

Speaking on the latest episode of Palace Confidential, she claimed: "I think Prince Charles has probably been clumsy.

"He reminds me of the well-meaning, avuncular man in the corner who is a bit out of date and occasionally gaffes and gets things wrong. In his little head it would be simpler to have fewer princes and princesses.

"Prince Charles, I think, was well intentioned – he walked Meghan Markle down the aisle for goodness sake."

She claimed that he failed to realise the implications of refusing to give Archie a royal title.

"He was ready and keen to welcome her into the family, but he failed to recognise the wider implications of having a woman of colour in the contemporary Royal Family and what that meant for the potential reach and potential diversity, the voice in the Commonwealth and he dropped the ball," Dr Dunlop continued.

"[I think] he should have done the exact opposite, which was 'hey Meghan, I'm wanting to slim down the monarchy but instead I'm so going to make your Archie the biggest and best prince on the planet, oh except he's never gonna be King'."

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The full details of Charles’ plan for the slimmed-down Monarchy have not been revealed, but speculation suggests only heirs to the throne and immediate family members will be granted full titles, financial support from the Sovereign Grant and taxpayer-funded police protection.

Experts claim the Duke of York’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie could lose their titles, financial support and security.

Clarence House refused to comment on the Mail on Sunday's claims Charles would not give Archie a title.

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