Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have named their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The royal family announced the child’s name on Wednesday, May 8, two days after his birth.
Frontrunning names for the baby boy included Philip, Albert, Henry, and Edward. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went with something somewhat unexpected.
Here’s what you need to know:
It’s Unclear if the Baby’s Full First Name Is ‘Archie’ or if That’s a Nickname
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out for the very first time with their newborn son on Wednesday, introducing him to the world. A short while later, the couple posted the photo above to Instagram, sharing the baby’s name. In the photo, the baby is surrounded by his mom and dad, his grandmother, Doria Ragland (Markle’s mother), and his great grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
According to Cosmopolitan, there has never been an “Archie” in the history of the British royal family. There has, however, been a couple instances of “Archibald.”
The child’s middle name, Harrison, is a nod to the baby’s father. It means “son of Harry.”
“It is magic and it is pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world. And so I am really happy,” Markle told the press as she and Harry introduced their newborn son.
The Surname Mountbatten-Windsor Is Used by Male-Line Descendants of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
While many royal watchers believed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would find a way to honor Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, by giving their son her family name (Spencer), the couple opted to keep things in line with tradition and give Archie the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
The surname is given to male-line descendants who have not been given a title. Mountbatten-Windsor is a combination of the surnames of the Queen (Windsor) and Prince Philip (Mountbatten).
Archie has not yet been given a title by the queen. According to BBC News, he will likely be given the title Earl of Dumbarton. At that time, his name will be Archie Harrison, Earl of Dumbarton.
“Members of the Royal Family can be known both by the name of the Royal house, and by a surname, which are not always the same. And often they do not use a surname at all,” reads an excerpt from the royal family’s website.
As BBC News points out, however, there is a chance that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will reject the title.
The baby will not automatically be given the title HRH (His Royal Highness) because of the current hierarchy, according to History Extra. The queen could opt to give him the HRH title, however, as she did for Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s three children. If she does not, the child will receive the title if and when his paternal grandfather, Prince Charles, becomes king.
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