Archie Harrison: The meaning behind the new Royal baby’s name
By Kristelle Bechayda
Shortly after giving the world a first look at their newborn son, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their firstborn’s name.
On their official Instagram account @royalsussex, a heart-warming photo of Queen Elizabeth meeting her eighth great-grandchild was posted. With her are her husband Prince Philip and also the Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.
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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
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the post read.
Baby Sussex’s name may have come as a surprise because it wasn’t in the list of possible names for the new Royal baby, but it has quite a beautiful meaning behind it.
According to nameberry.com, Archie is of German origin that means ‘truly brave’ and is a shortened version of Archibald. Harrison, on the other hand, means the ‘son of Harry’ and has been occasionally used as a first name since the 19th century.
As for the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, it is reserved for the Queen’s descendants in the event that they need to use one. As a way to distinguish them from the rest of the Royal family, Queen Elizabeth had decided to join Windsor with that of Prince Philip’s chosen surname upon his British naturalization, Mountbatten, many decades back.
Archie, who according to Harry and Meghan will not hold any title, is seventh-in-line to the British throne behind his grandfather Prince Charles, uncle Prince William and his three children, and his father Prince Harry.
Featured image from Reuters.