Prince Harry and Meghan show off baby Archie
British royals Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have finally announced the name of their baby son and show him to the world for the first time.
London: Baby Sussex has a name, and it took almost everybody by surprise: Archie Harrison.
Or, to give him his full title, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
After taking their two-day-old son to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the announcement everyone had been waiting for.
“No way!” said the first Instagram user to comment on the couple’s post.
Archie was not on any of the predictive lists of royal watchers or bookmakers, who had been throwing around establishment favourites such as Alexander, James, Arthur, Albert or Spencer.
According to media reports, the Queen did not bestow a royal title on Archie – most likely at his parents’ request.
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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
Rather than being a prince and "royal highness", the seventh in line to the throne will simply be "Master Archie".
The inspiration behind the names was not immediately revealed.
Harrison is believed to mean, quite literally, "son of Harry".
According to Baby Centre, Archie is short for Archibald and was much more popular 150 years ago, before going into a long decline followed by a brief bump of recent interest.
Archibald comes from the Old German Ercanbald meaning “true and bold”. The name arrived during the Norman conquest replacing an Old English version.
The name “Archie” was, remarkably, predicted by Dr Jane Pilcher, an associate professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University and a leading authority on the sociology of names.
In an interview on Tuesday she said she "would be surprised if Harry and Meghan agree on a quintessentially British name".
They would want to represent both sides of the boy’s heritage and choose a name "suitable for royalty but also accepted and correctly pronounced in the UK and US", she said.
“I think Alfie and Archie are strong contenders,” she added, pointing out they had recently seen a bump in popularity.
Probably coincidentally, Prince George once called himself “Archie”. According to The Sun, a local walking his dog near the Middleton family home in Berkshire early this year asked George his name and he replied, “I’m called Archie”.
A few hours earlier, the world was given its first peek of the newborn, with proud mum Meghan declaring he has "just been a dream" over the two days since his birth.
Prince Harry carried the sleeping boy into the grand St George's Hall at Windsor Castle with the Duchess of Sussex on his arm, on their way to visit the Queen.
Archie was dozing quietly, wrapped in a white blanket and wearing a white bonnet on a cold and rainy day in England.
In a brief chat with a waiting royal reporter, a besotted Meghan said her first two days of parenthood had been “magic, pretty amazing”.
"He has the sweetest temperament, he's really calm," she said. "It's been a special couple of days."
She said she had "the best two guys in the world so I'm really happy".
And she thanked the public for their well wishes and kindness, saying it "means so much".
The bearded Harry joked that Archie already had “a little bit of facial hair”.
Archie was born around dawn on Monday morning, local time, reportedly at the private Portland Hospital in London.
Both Harry and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, were at Meghan's side during the birth. By Monday lunchtime, the family were back at Frogmore Cottage, their new (and newly renovated) home on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Harry said the couple plan “to spend some precious time with [Archie] as he slowly starts to grow up”.