The Surprising Meaning Behind the Royal Baby's Name
Learn all about the little one's symbolic moniker—and discover the reason why he doen't have a royal title.
The newest addition to the royal family is finally here! Nearly three days after welcoming their first child, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced their little boy's name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The nontraditional choice came as a surprise to everyone-but it holds a lot of symbolism.
The newborn's name is the perfect fit for the son of British royalty and a former Hollywood actress. Archie, the shorter form of Archibald, has regal connotations and means genuine and bold or brave. The couple's decision to use the nickname instead of the full version feels casual-and distinctly American.
As for the little one's middle name? Harrison originated in the Middle Ages and means "son of Henry" or "son of Harry." (If you weren't aware, Prince Harry's full moniker is Henry Charles Albert David-so the name works in more ways than one!) Mountbatten-Windsor, of course, is the surname given to all the descendents of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
The couple's royal title, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, could apply to their baby-but, a source close to People revealed that Markle and Prince Harry have not assigned Archie a title at this time. We do know that it is tradition for the eldest son of a duke to inherit his father's title. Plus, the newborn is ranked seventh in line for the thrown, so chances are good that he will receive one eventually. When the time comes, however, it is up to the queen to bestow the honor on Archie.