Prince Harry and His Son, Archie Already Have This In Common

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son’s name has sparked quite the conversation. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is not a prince, only has one middle name, and doesn’t appear to be named after anyone in the royal family. On top of that, he uses the royal family’s last name. But, despite his name differences, he does have something in common with his dad.

Find out what that is, plus other facts about the royal baby’s name, ahead.

Prince Harry and Baby Archie have nicknames as first names

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with their son, Archie | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

In the royal family, going by a nickname in public is a big no-no. Yet, despite that royal name rule, Princess Diana and Prince Charles planned on calling their son, whose real name is actually Henry, “Harry.” The decision was likely based on another royal rule that states members of the royal family should hold family names (Prince Harry is possibly named after one of the royal family’s many King Henrys).  

While the queen clearly doesn’t have an issue with Prince Harry going by a nickname in public — you have to let some stuff go, right? — Prince Harry might. After all, Harry and Henry sound completely different and have the same number of letters. Given the differences (and the fact that he has always been “Prince Harry”), the Duke of Sussex likely doesn’t associate as a “Henry” and possibly didn’t want his son to deal with the same name woes.

Before announcing their royal baby’s name, many suspected that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would name their son Arthur (even though Princess Diana once called them too “old”). However, it’s possible that they planned on calling him “Archie” from the get-go, which might be how they eventually decided to just name him the name they actually want to call him (so simple, right?!).

Baby Archie is named after Prince Harry

If you take a closer look at the royal baby’s name, you might notice something: Baby Archie is named after a royal family member after all. While it’s unclear whether or not someone in the royal family was actually named “Harrison” (or if it is a nod to someone’s last name on Meghan Markle’s side of the family), the name does mean “son of Harry.” Perhaps this was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s creative way of naming their son after a family member without getting too literal.

Why Archie isn’t a prince … and uses the royal family’s last name instead

Many suspected Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would refuse a royal title for their son, Archie. But, that apparently is not the case. In fact, some sources claim that they gave their blessing to make him a prince one day.

In the royal family, prince and princess status belongs to the children and grandchildren of a monarch. However, Queen Elizabeth filed an exception for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children. The real reason Archie isn’t a prince is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t want to make a big fuss and have the queen bend the rules for their son. After all, “prince” means nothing to a baby. Instead, they will wait for Prince Charles to ascend the throne, which — according to the royal title rules — will automatically make their son, Prince Archie of Sussex.

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