Did Prince George Help Name Baby Sussex?

Baby Sussex has a name! And, in true Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fashion, it’s not what we expected. Today, following their first official photocall at Windsor Castle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to Instagram to introduce their son by name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Where have we heard of a young royal named Archie before? It’s Prince George’s nickname for himself — or at least that’s what we thought.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
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Did Prince George name Baby Archie?

Back in January, The Sun revealed a hilariously sweet story about how Prince George introduced his nickname for himself while playing with his sister near his grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton’s home in Berkshire.

The two young royals were enjoying the outdoors when a woman walked by with a dog. According to The Sun’s report, she didn’t plan on chatting with them, but the future king asked to pet her dog. “I was asked by a police minder not to take a photo of the children, which I didn’t, but George started stroking my dog. Just to be friendly, I engaged in a bit of small talk and I asked George what his name was, even though I obviously knew it,” the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Sun. “To my astonishment, he said ‘I’m called Archie’ with a big smile on his face. I don’t know why he calls himself Archie but kids often play with their names and I think it’s lovely.”

Did Prince George’s nickname have something to do with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s chosen baby name? It’s possible! While we aren’t sure if the future king helped his aunt and uncle name the new royal baby, we can’t help but wonder if he overheard them discussing potential names. After all, that big smile on his face revealed he knew something the woman (and the rest of the world) didn’t.

Of course, Baby Sussex’s name and Prince George’s nickname could just be a coincidence.

Baby Sussex’s name

After months of guessing names like Arthur, Philip, Charles, James, and Alexander, we were surprised to find out that the new royal baby’s name is Archie. However, after taking a closer look at its origin and meaning, we know why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were probably drawn to it.

Archie is a German name, which the family has close ties to (Prince Philips sisters married German princes!). And, in Scotland, the name is short for Archibald, which means “true, bold, and brave.” These three words likely resonated with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they want their son to be bold and brave while carving out his own path in the royal family all while staying true to himself.

Instead of the traditional two or three middle names, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went with a more commoner tradition and gave their baby just one middle name: Harrison. Harrison is an English name that means “son of Harry,” which, of course, makes sense.

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