All the Ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Broke Royal Rules with Baby Archie’s Name

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now mom and dad! After much anticipation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a baby boy into the world on Monday, May 6, 2019. And, just two days after his arrival, they announced they surprised everyone with the announcement of his name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. And, in true Prince Harry and Meghan Markle style, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke many rules when choosing a name for their son.  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

What royal name rules with the new parents break? Find out, ahead.

Royal baby name rules

After much speculation — and dozens upon dozens of guesses — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took to Instagram on Wednesday to reveal their son’s unique royal name. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” they posted alongside a sweet photo of the newborn meeting his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth and great-grandfather, Prince Philip for the first time.

While the royal baby’s name is adorable, it goes against virtually every royal name rule, including the following.

No nicknames in public

Nicknames are a big no-no in the royal family — at least as far as their public duties are concerned. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have both managed to work around that with their own names. Prince Harry’s real name is Henry, but Princess Diana and Prince Charles have called him Harry all his life. Additionally, Meghan Markle’s first name is Rachel, but she goes by her middle name, Meghan.

While Archie is occasionally used a full-time, it’s also a nickname for Arthur — which just so happens to be one of the top guesses for royal baby names. Additionally, people named Archibald often go by Archie. It’s possible that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex planned to name their son Arthur but call him Archie for short. After giving it some thought, they might have decided to just name him the nickname since that’s what they planned on calling him.

Family names

Choosing a name from the royal family’s list of legendary members of also a must. Although some speculate that Archie stems from Arthur — aka, King Arthur — no one knows for sure. It’s unclear whether or not the new royal baby’s middle name pays homage to a member of the royal family. However, it does translate to “son of Harry” which is sort of like naming a royal baby after a member of the family.

Royal titles

As far as royal titles are concerned, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t break any rules. In fact, they actually followed the rules. In the royal family, only children and grandchildren of the monarch receive prince and princess status, which means Queen Elizabeth broke the rules for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

That said, they likely didn’t have royal title rules on their mind when naming their son. Some believe that, in an effort to create a more normal life for their son, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might have turned down the queen’s offer to make him a prince.


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