After much speculation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced yesterday that they have called their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The moniker surprised many royal fans and some are trying to figure out if the name is a tribute to any members of the royal family.
However, back in January, Archie’s cousin Prince George, five, reportedly told a dog walker that his name was Archie while out with his grandmother, Carole Middleton.
The stranger told The Sun at the time that she pretended she didn’t recognise the prince and asked what his name was.
She told the publication: “Just to be friendly I engaged in a bit of small talk and I asked George what his name was, even though obviously I knew it.
“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.”
Some royal fans have even wondered whether George heard Meghan and Harry discussing baby names and blurted it out when talking to the dog walker.
Archie was born in the early hours of Monday morning and is seventh in line to the throne.
The royal tot attended his first photocall on Wednesday as proud parents Meghan and Harry showed him off to the world in front of cameras inside St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.
Speaking about parenthood, new mum Meghan – who looked radiant in a white blazer dress – said: “It’s magical, pretty amazing. I mean I have the best two guys in the world. I’m really happy.”
Harry continued: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our very own bundle of joy.”
Hours later, the couple announced their baby boy’s name alongside a photo of the royal tot meeting his great grandmother the Queen and Prince Philip.
Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, who was by her daughter’s side at the birth, was also in the photo.
According to the site BabyCentre, the name Archie has English origins and means “genuine” and “bald”, meaning “bold” or “brave”.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
Archie is traditionally a shorter version of the name Archibald.
Harrison, meanwhile, is a sweet tribute to the baby’s father. It means “son of Harry”.
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