Royal Baby Name: Who Is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor Named After?

It’s official — Baby Sussex has a name! This afternoon, following their first official appearance as a family of three, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared their son’s name on Instagram with eager followers. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” a post on the duke and duchess’s official Instagram account revealed. a post on the duke and duchess’s official Instagram account revealed.

Based on the announcement, it appears as though the littlest royal won’t receive an official royal title or His Royal Highness status. However, the queen could change that later if she (and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) wants. It also appears as though he might not be named after members of the royal family, as most royals are.

Who is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor named after? Find out, ahead!

Who is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor named after?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

At first glance, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor doesn’t have a royal ring to it — that is if you ignore his regal last name. But, upon further investigation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were careful to pay tribute to the baby’s roots, and sort of named their son after one of the most beloved royal family members: Prince Harry.

Baby Sussex’s first name

As for their son’s first name, it appears that the new parents had two musts: a good meaning and origin. Archie is a German name, which the royal family (specifically Prince Philip) has ties to. In addition, Archie (which is short for Archibald in Scotland) has a super sweet meaning — one that likely resonated with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. According to reports, the name Archibald translates to “true, bold, and brave,” which are all qualities the new parents likely hope their son to hold.

Archie is also short for Arthur (aka, King Arthur), which was one of the top picks for royal baby names and possibly the inspiration behind Baby Sussex’s name.

Baby Sussex’s middle name

In true Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fashion, the new parents went rogue from royal tradition and gave their son just one middle name. Most members of the royal family (including Prince Harry) have at least two or three middle names. A fancy list of names might work in royal life, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want their son to grow up in a more normal setting, which is likely why the two decided for just one middle name. On top of that, Meghan Markle’s American roots might have something to do with it. While some people in the United States have multiple middle names, it’s more common for Americans to have one.

Who is Harrison? It’s unclear whether or not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son is named after someone named Harrison. However, the name translates to “son of Harry,” which might have been reason enough to name their son Archie Harrison.

Baby Sussex’s last name

As of right now, Baby Archie doesn’t have an official royal title, which means he won’t be called His Royal Highness and must use the royal family’s last name, Mountbatten-Windsor. Mountbatten-Windsor is a combination of Prince Philip (Mountbatten) and Queen Elizabeth’s (Windsor) surnames and represents their descendants.

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