Jimmy Fallon’s Opinion on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby’s Name Is Hilarious

Jimmy Fallon has something to say about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby’s name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Following the royal baby’s name announcement, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon host used his “Thank You Notes” segment to discuss the royal baby’s name.

“Thank you, having the name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor for being the quickest way to teach the royal baby the entire alphabet,” Fallon penned on his Friday, May 10th show. “Long name,” he mumbled to himself as he started on his next “thank you” of the week.  

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon poked fun at what many of us are thinking: The new royal baby’s name is quite a mouthful. But, like all things in the royal family, there’s a reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor as their son’s name. And, it looks like we won’t have to call him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor for long!

Why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle name their son Archie?

The reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle named their son Archie Harrison is unknown. However, some suspect the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose the name based on a top contender, Arthur. Albeit a first name, Archie is also a nickname used for those named Arthur (or, Archibald). It’s possible that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle already knew they would call their son Archie over Arthur, which is why they went with the nickname instead. Harrison might not be connected to a member of the royal family, but it translates to “son of Harry,” which is possibly why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave him that middle name.

Although Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is a “long name,” it could have been much longer. In the royal family, royal babies often receive between two to three (sometimes even more!) middle names. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not disclose why their son only has one middle name. However, it’s possible that the two wanted to pay tribute to a more American tradition of one middle name.

Why does Baby Archie have a last name? In short, it’s because he doesn’t have an official royal title — yet. In the royal family, all members with His or Her Royal Highness status don’t require a last name. However, if they don’t have a royal title, they are required to use the royal family’s last name, which is Mountbatten-Windsor. The name stems from Prince Philip’s family name (Mountbatten) and Queen Elizabeth’s family name (Windsor) and differentiates those who are descendants of the queen and her consort.

Will Baby Archie become a prince?

As it turns out, Baby Archie won’t have a long name forever. Soon, he might become Prince Archie. Some reports claim that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave their blessing for Archie to become a prince when Prince Charles ascends the throne.

According to royal family rules, only the monarch’s children and grandchild receive prince or princess status. The queen made an exception for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis (likely due to their place in the succession line), but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex allegedly saw no point in changing the rules for their son.

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