Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Son Archie Receives African Name with a Very Special Meaning

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have kicked off their royal tour of Africa and already their son Archie has received a special honor — he’s been given an African name with a very special meaning.

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Archie’s African name is meaningful

After arriving in Cape Town, South Africa, the couple started the first day of their tour visiting at Justice Desk, where they attended a workshop on children’s self-defense. Their son, Archie, wasn’t with them but was still given a beautiful gift.

In a brief speech by Jessica Dewhurst, the executive director of The Justice Desk, the Sussexes were presented with an African name for Archie during their visit to the Nyanga township.

Dewhurst revealed his special traditional South African Xhosa name — Ntsika — which was chosen by the community’s grandmothers and means “pillar of strength.”

She shared: “When your beautiful boy was born you gave him the name Archie. The name Archie means ‘bravery and strength.’ So to welcome Archie home, your family at the Justice Desk has given him the traditional South African name Ntsika. This name of Xhosa African origin means ‘pillar of strength.’ May you always be a pillar of strength for those who need you.”

Dewhurst also presented them with a shirt with the words “Be a Voice for Justice” on the back, saying because Archie’s a “Justice Desk hero, he gets his little Justice Desk hoodie.”

The couple loved the honor

Dewhurst explained that visitors who come to the township communities are usually given a traditional name. She told Town & Country: “The reason we chose that was mostly because Archie means the same thing that Ntsika does.”

She added: “So Archie means strength, it means bravery and the South African equivalent of that is Ntsika. When you get your traditional name it’s what you will look up to be. So when they give you a name it’s your wish for you and your future.”

Dewhurst shared that Prince Harry and Markle “absolutely loved” the gift, noting, “They said thank you so much. They wanted to put on the hoodie and I said ‘Harry that’s too small for you.’”

She added: “They loved the fact that our presents were for Archie… They love the fact that they’ve brought him here and they can’t wait for him to experience the country. For them to come here, it’s them saying that this work is so important they believe in it and they’re encouraging us to keep going and working hard.”

During their visit, Markle gave a speech, stating in part, “While I am here with my husband as a member of the Royal Family, I am here with you as a woman, as a wife, as a woman of color and as your sister. I am here with you and I am here for you.”

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South Africa • After months of planning, Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in South Africa today for their official Royal Tour of Southern Africa – focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. Their first stop was to the incredible Justice Desk Project which works to make women and children safer in Nyanga. It’s an issue of vital importance in South Africa and across the globe, their Royal Highnesses wanted to learn first-hand about the issues people face and the work being done on the ground. One of the workshops Their Royal Highnesses saw was the Mbokodo project which provides self-defense classes and female empowerment workshops to young girls who are overcoming major traumas. This project's powerful motto is "wathint' abafazi wathint' imbokodo" which means "you strike a woman; you strike a rock" • “And just on one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of The Royal Family, I want you to know that for me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.” – The Duchess of Sussex • @TheJusticeDesk Project is supported by the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust and works with community leaders in Nyanga, with the firm belief that if you can change the mindset of a community, you can change the mindset of a country. #SussexRoyalTour #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️PA images / SussexRoyal – video SussexRoyal

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Where is baby Archie?

While Archie was spotted when Prince Harry and Markle arrived in Africa, the baby was noticeably absent when the couple attended their day of events. One stop for the couple was a tour of the District Six Museum, where they met with fans, including Somaya Ebrahim, a former District Six resident. She greeted Prince Harry and Markle with hugs and asked: “Where’s Archie?”

Harry explained, “He’s sleeping” … and when another resident asked about Archie, he shared that the flight was tiring, noting, “He’s not grouchy, just exhausted.”