The Only Thing Betters Got Right About Royal Baby, Archie Harrison’s Name

This has been quite the week for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. On Monday, May 6, 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby boy, together. Buckingham Palace announced the news shortly after the royal baby’s arrival and Prince Harry later made an appearance outside his family home, Frogmore Cottage to share more details about their son.

One thing missing from the Duke of Sussex’s announcement? The royal baby’s name. “That’s the next bit,” he told members of the press. Following the exciting day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out with their son for the first time as a family on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The three posed for an official photocall in Windsor Castle. Shortly after the whirlwind introduction, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally revealed their son’s name on Instagram. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the caption read.

It’s no secret that the baby’s name was a big shock — especially to those who placed bets on named like “Arthur,” “Alexander,” “Charles,” and “Philip.” And while Archie certainly wasn’t on the radar, betters were certainly onto something.

The 1 thing betters got right about the royal baby’s name

Ahead of Baby Archie’s arrival, many placed bets on popular family names most likely to be chosen by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And while they certainly didn’t have their sights on Archie, they did lean towards “A” names.

According to Time and Ladbrokes, a British betting and gambling company, some of the most popular royal baby boy names were Alexander, Albert, Alfred, and Arthur. At the time the top contenders were first reported, Arthur had 5/1 offs, Alexander had 4/1, and Albert had 6/1 odds. Charles and Philip were also on the list and Spencer (in honor of Princess Diana’s maiden name) soared after the birth announcement. Time has since updated their story, stating that Spencer earned 5/1 odds.

However, Archie was nowhere near the top of the list. But, some did bet on the name. Time later reported that, according to Ladbrokes, 100 pounds were placed on Archie and around 60 people placed bets on it.

In addition to the abundance of “A” names, betters also had Arthur on the top of their list of potential royal baby names. While the name isn’t exactly what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose for their son, it’s close. After all, “Archie” is sometimes used as a nickname for Arthur.

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

Who is Archie Harrison named after?

No one knows for sure why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to name their son Archie. However, some believe that it could be a more subtle nod to the legendary King Arthur. As for Harrison? That’s also unclear. But, the name does translate to “son of Harry,” so that might have something to do with it.


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