Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the name of their baby boy, and it’s a very American one.
After meeting the Queen, the Sussexes introduced ‘Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’ to the world.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” they said in a statement.
“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.”
Just hours earlier, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posed for their first official family photos with their bundle of joy at Windsor Castle.
The public was given a glimpse of the then-unnamed Archie, swaddled in white and wearing a beanie.
He was cradled by his loving father Harry, 34, while new mum Meghan - who has described her first days as a mum as ‘magical’ - placed her hand on his head.
Addressing the media, the Duchess of Sussex, 37, couldn’t contain her joy as she was asked how her first few days with the baby were going.
"It's magic, it's pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I'm really happy,” she said.
Prince Harry added, "It's only been two and a half days, three days, but we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”
The duke was dressed in a grey suit for the occasion, while Meghan wore in a belted dress by London-based menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner.
She paired it with a pair of suede Manolo Blahnik heels.
Taking to Instagram after the photos were taken, the couple said they were “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,” the statement continued.
Archie was not a name on the bookies’ lists, with many expecting the couple to choose a more traditional royal name like Alexander or James, or even name him after Diana’s maiden name, Spencer.
However, the Sussexes have surprised us again with a name that will remind many of the famous Archie comics in America.
It’s not a modern name, with Archie starting out as a short form of Archibald, but has been used as an independent name since the 19th century.
And in fact, it’s been gaining in popularity lately. According to Baby Centre, Archie was the 15th most popular name for a baby boy born in the UK in 2018.
No title yet
It turns out his parents have decided against giving him a royal title.
Prince Harry and Meghan have strayed from tradition yet again and opted not to give him an aristocratic title, which would have made him a Lord. The newest member of the royal family was also not given a HRH, which the Queen could have allowed, to make him a prince.
He could one day inherit the title the Duke of Sussex from Harry, but for now he will simply be known as Master Archie.
In 1917, George V limited titles within the royal family so prince and princess titles and the HRH status are now only reserved for children or grandchildren of the Monarch, and baby Sussex is the great grandchild of the Queen.
Prince George was the exception as his father, Prince William is in line to be king, and the Queen actually issued a new Letters Patent when Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born to give them the same title as their older brother.
If she didn’t, the now Princess and Prince would have been known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor and Earl Louis Mountbatten-Windsor.
When Charles ascends to the throne, Harry and Meghan’s future children will be entitled to the ‘prince’ and ‘princess’ titles by birth, unless they choose not to accept them.
Harry’s uncle Prince Edward did this with his daughter Lady Louise and son James, who is known as Viscount Severn.
Archie is seventh in line to the throne, after dad Harry, cousin, George, Charlotte and Louis, uncle William and grandfather Charles, and is unlikely ever to become king.
It was believed initially believed that Archie would take on the secondary title of his father, Prince Harry, who holds the Earl of Dumbarton title in Scotland.
The title was given to Harry by the Queen on the morning of his wedding to Meghan.
Who does he look like?
Harry and Meghan confessed they can’t decide who their baby boy looks like more, and said he’s already changed a lot in the days since he was born.
While they’re waiting to see how much more he changes over the next two weeks before making up their mind, you can compare the newborn to baby photos of Harry and Meghan below:
Meeting the family
Immediately after posing for their first family photos, Harry and Meghan went to visit the Queen and Prince Philip to introduce them to baby Sussex.
Meghan’s mum Doria has already met the newborn as she is staying with the couple in their newly renovated home, Frogmore Cottage, and was also in attendance. In a statement, she said she is “overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild”.
Congratulations have been flowing in for the couple, including from Princess Diana’s siblings who are “delighted by the news”, but perhaps the funniest comment came from the nearest quarters, with Prince William joking, “I'm very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.”
Meanwhile Meghan’s estranged Markle family have also been outspoken. Her father Thomas Markle received blue balloons and flowers at his home in Mexico and told The Sun, “I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honour.”
The Duchess’ half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr. issued a plea to Meghan to let him see her newborn son and her half-sister Samantha said, We've extended the olive branch and now it is Meghan's turn. I would really like to see everyone reach out”.
Addressing the media earlier this week, Harry said his baby boy "is absolutely to die for”.
“It was amazing, absolutely incredible,” he said of the birth, “As I say, I am so incredibly proud of my wife and, as every father and parent would ever say your baby is absolutely amazing, this little baby is absolutely to die for.”
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