Many people speculated that his name would be Spencer as a sweet homage to his late grandmother, while others were certain the names Phillip or Charles were an option, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seemed to surprise everyone when they announced their new son's name was Archie. Well, everyone except Prince George it seems!
After making his first official public debut yesterday, cuddled protectively by his father as his glowing mother looked on adoringly, it was announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son would be named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. While many thought the tot's name would include a tribute to either Prince Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana or to his father, Prince Charles or grandfather Prince Phillip, the couple surprised many when they chose the relatively unique name for their son.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
Archie, which is traditionally short for Archibald, means "true", "bold" and "brave" according to baby naming websites. Some have speculated that the choice of name could be a possible nod to Princess Diana, who had an ancestor named Archibald Campbell, the 9th Earl of Argyll, from Scotland. However, a Royal insider explained to Elle.com that both Meghan and Harry wanted a "modern name" for their son and that “there was no special meaning behind the name; the couple just loved it."
The newest Royal's middle name does pay sweet homage to his father. Harrison literally means "son of Harry" which is fitting as his dad is known as Harry. Because little Archie was not given a Royal title at birth, a decision made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, he was given the last name of Mountbatten-Windsor. According to the Royal family, this surname is given to any member of the Royal family who does not have an official title.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
While the name Archie seemed to come as a surprise to most, it seems there was one member of the Royal family who wasn't surprised at all. Back in January, a woman told The Sun that she came across Prince George who was out for a walk with his sister, Princess Charlotte, and grandmother Carole Middleton. She had a brief chat with the Royals as George stopped to pet her dog and had a little chat with the young Prince. “I asked George what his name was, even though I obviously knew it,” she told the paper. “To my astonishment, he said, ‘I’m called Archie’ with a big smile on his face.” Perhaps the young Prince already knew what his future cousin was to be called!
While the Duke and Duchess could decide to petition for a Royal title for their son as he gets older and after his grandfather, Prince Charles, becomes King, for now, the newest member of the Royal family, who is 7th in line to the throne is known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.