It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the royal baby’s name has been revealed at last.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shared the first images of their newborn son with the world, and also announced his notably non-traditional name: Archie.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” a statement from Buckingham Palace said.
“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.”
The Duchess of Sussex has said she has “the two best guys in the world” as she and Prince Harry introduced their firstborn child to the world.
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An image of the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Harry and Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland gazing at baby Archie in the Duchess’ arms was shared on Instagram, clocking up almost two million likes in three hours.
Meghan and Harry introduced Archie to the world at a brief press conference at Windsor Castle on Wednesday. A smiling Meghan, who wore a white trench-style dress and heels, said:
“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy.”
She said Archie has the “sweetest temperament”, adding, “he’s the dream”.
Harry joked, “I wonder where he gets that from?”
When asked who they think their son looks like, Harry replied:
“Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks. We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.”
He said they were looking forward to spending some “precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up.”
Asked how he was finding parenting, the prince said: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing.
“It’s only been two-and-a-half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”
Archie, a name that has taken royal watchers by surprise, is of German origin and means “genuine”, “bold” or “brave”. Harrison means “son of Harry,” chosen for quite obvious reasons.
Archie does not have an automatic royal title, because Prince Harry is not in line to the throne, but Queen Elizabeth can issue a title for him if she chooses to. Watch this space.