In what could be the biggest royal baby news of 2019, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have picked and announced their royal baby name. Not only that, but little Sussex had his first public appearance today. The special moments came two days after the child’s May 6 birthday.
So what is the new royal baby’s name? Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Sussexes spread the word via their recently launched Instagram account, where they also shared a photo of baby Archie meeting his great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. “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,” the accompanying statement reads. The royals and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, are all beaming in the picture.
Harry hinted that a name reveal was looming after the couple’s official birth announcement. “The baby’s a little overdue, so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it,” he admitted in his talked-about new-dad interview. That’s also when he foreshadowed the family of three’s first outing together. “We’ll be seeing you guys in probably two days time,” he shared then.
It’s clear that the first-time parents, who tied the knot nearly a year ago on May 19, used the extra decision time wisely. Like Archie’s cousins, his royal baby name is thought to hold special meaning. Multiple sources report that his middle moniker, “Harrison,” means “son of Harry.”
For reference, Kate Middleton and Prince William named their firstborn, Prince George (age 5), after Queen Elizabeth II’s father. They also gave their second child, Princess Charlotte (age 4), two meaningful middle names. Elizabeth and Diana honor the queen as well as the princes’ late mother. As for the third member of the Cambridge brood? Prince Louis, 1, has his father’s middle name as his first. Meanwhile, his middle names honor Prince Charles.
Still, many are curious about baby Sussex’s unique first name, which is typically a nickname for Archibald. (There’s no word yet if that’s his full first name, or if it holds any familial significance.) Others are also surprised that his name wasn’t announced with a “courtesy” royal title—something People says his parents have chosen to forgo.
Archie arrived at 5:26 a.m. local time, weighing 7 pounds and 3 ounces.
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