It’s been whirlwind of a week for new parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and since welcoming their son this past Monday, the world has been watching. Royal fans were finally introduced to the baby boy on Wednesday.
He is “Baby Sussex” no more. Hours after the duke and duchess met with the press for a first look at the little one, his name was revealed to the public. It is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and it had many people guessing the meaning behind it.
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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
Harrison seems to be a nod to his father, as it means “son of Harry,” and the Mountbatten-Windsor last name is a combination of both Prince Philip’s family name and Queen Elizabeth’s family surname. It is commonly used by the royals.
However, the name Archie – a shortened form of Archibald – means “bold” or “brave.” According to the BBC, Archie is more popular in Britain than America. It’s been one of the top 50 names in the country since 2003 and ranked as number 18 on the 2017 favorites list in England.
But that didn’t stop some people from wondering if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are fans of a particular comic book character who’s also a ginger. Fans joked that perhaps the couple likes the TV show Riverdale which centers around Archie Andrews. And does the baby have red hair like his dad?
Bettors were out of luck once the name was revealed, as wages had been hedged against monikers like Arthur, Albert, Alexander, and Spencer, which would have been an ode to Princess Diana. No one was expecting Archie.
So far, there is no word on whether the youngest royal will receive an official title, but it is possible that Prince Harry will want to break from tradition and not choose an aristocratic title for him.
Watch this short clip to see more photos of the new baby and to hear more about his name. Welcome, Archie!
What did you think they would name the baby? Do you like “Archie” and do you think it was a nod to the redhead from the comics?