Is This The Real Reason Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor Only Has 1 Middle Name?

In case you missed it: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally revealed their son’s name today. After months — nine to be exact — of speculation, Baby Sussex’s name was announced with a photo of the royal baby meeting Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for the first time on the new parents’ Instagram account.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the photo’s caption read. It was posted after their first official appearance as a family of three at Windsor Castle.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold their son, Archie Harrison. | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Baby Sussex’s name was a big surprise — especially since Archie wasn’t a top contender amongst those betting on royal baby names. But, perhaps what was the most surprising was Archie’s middle name.

Why does Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor only have one middle name? Find out, ahead.

Royal family middle names

Traditionally, members of the royal family have at least two or three middle names, all of which pay tribute to some of their most prominent or legendary relatives. Case in point: Prince Harry’s full name is Henry Charles Albert David and Prince William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis.

However, it appears the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted something different for their first born child — and presumably any future children, too.

Why does Baby Sussex only have one middle name?

In true Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fashion, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke royal rules when naming their son. While they haven’t exactly addressed why Baby Sussex only has one middle name, they have hinted at some potential reasons.

Throughout their pregnancy, several reports — and some alleged royal sources — claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want a more normal life for their baby Prince Harry has had a life-long love-hate relationship with the “fishbowl” of Kensington Palace and royal life and, understandably, wants something different for his children. Because of that, many suspected the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would decline any royal titles for their children and do their best to raise their littles out of the limelight.

At seventh in line to the throne, Baby Arthur doesn’t need some lengthy royal name or fancy title — which is likely why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided on one middle name. Additionally, single middle names are more traditional in the United States, where Meghan Markle is from.

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

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven’t explained their reasons for naming their son Archie Harrison, but it could have something to do with preference. Ahead of the announcement, Arthur was a top pick for the royal baby’s name. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might have known that, if they name their son Arthur, they will likely call him Archie. So, why not just name the baby Archie to begin with?

Prince Harry’s real name is Henry and, according to reports, Princess Diana and Prince Charles knew they were going to call him Harry all along. He likely didn’t want his son to have to deal with a nickname vs. full name situation like he has had to.

As for his middle name, it’s unclear whether or not the royal baby is named after someone named Harrison. However, Harrison translates to “son of Harry,” which is likely why they chose the name.  


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