On Monday, May 6, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn, a baby boy. As the world celebrated the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s son, speculations and curiosity around the baby’s name rose high. Finally, the wait was over yesterday when the new parents stepped out in Windsor Castle to introduce their son publicly and a couple of hours later, revealed his name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Announcing the name through their Instagram account, the couple wrote, “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.”
As per his parents’ wish for their child to have a normal life, the baby does not hold a royal title and unlike his cousins, his name isn’t one picked from the family tree. The unique first name “Archie” is short for Archibald, meaning “genuine” and “bold” and his surname “Mountbatten-Windsor” pays tribute to his great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip since “Windsor” was adopted as their official last name in 1917 by King George V (Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather).
Breaking conventions, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also gave their son only two names while Baby Archie’s prince and princess cousins have three each. “Harrison”, which is a more common English surname, was chosen as one of Baby Archie’s two names and it means “son of Harry”.
Speaking to reporters from the St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, the couple shared that the baby has “the sweetest temperament” and is really calm. “It’s great, parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days but we are just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy and to be able to spend some precious times with him as he slowly starts to grow up,” Prince Harry told the reporters. “He’s just been a dream. It’s been a special couple of days,” added the Duchess.