The Biggest Clue Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Knew Their Baby’s Gender (and Name!) All Along

It’s been an exciting week in the royal family. On Monday, Buckingham Palace shared the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby boy. And, on Wednesday, we got to officially meet Baby Sussex and learn his name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Not to mention: Fawn over how incredible Meghan Markle looked after delivering her baby just two days prior.

Following the birth announcement, Prince Harry shared that he and Meghan Markle hadn’t yet decided on a name. “That’s the next bit,” he told reporters. But, judging by the timeline, it didn’t take very long for them to make up their mind. Did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex know all along that they were having a baby boy and naming him Archie? Here’s the scoop.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Baby Sussex | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby gender

In the months leading up to Baby Sussex’s arrival, royal fans went back and forth on whether or not the royal-to-be was a boy or girl. And, although there were a few hints along the way, no one could be sure — especially after Meghan Markle stumped everyone by saying the gender would be a surprise. A surprise to the public or a surprise to the parents-to-be? We really didn’t know.

After the royal baby’s name announcement, some were shocked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son’s name. After all, Archie wasn’t exactly a top pick for royal baby names. But, after a little investigation, we discovered that the royal family might have hinted at the newest royal’s name months ago. And, if that’s the case, they likely knew they were expecting a boy all along — or at least had a favorite picked out in case they did have a son.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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Prince George might have hinted at Baby Sussex’s name

Back in January, Prince George and Princess Charlotte visited their maternal grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton at their home in Berkshire. Per The Sun, Prince George and his sister were playing outside when a woman with a dog walked by. “George started stroking my dog,” the woman told The Sun. “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,” she continued. “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.”

Royal fans, understandably, got a kick out of Prince George’s nickname for himself. But, what if it wasn’t actually a nickname? What if Prince George was hinting at something — like his future cousin — to come? It’s possible that Prince George overheard conversations about Baby Archie or a discussion around potential baby boy names between his parents and aunt and uncle that inspired him to tell the woman his name is Archie.

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