The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Tired but beaming, new parents Meghan and Prince Harry presented their 2-day-old son to the world as he slumbered Wednesday and also revealed his name: Archie.
The royal couple, known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since their marriage not quite a year ago, said the full name of the child born seventh in line to the British throne is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The baby slept peacefully through his carefully orchestrated media moment. His mother, making her first public appearance since giving birth early Monday, called Archie “a dream” who “has the sweetest temperament.”
“He’s really calm,” Meghan said.
Harry quipped: “I wonder who he gets that from.”
Harry and Meghan did not choose an aristocratic title for their son. He is not a prince, but could have been given the title “Lord” before his first name.
Instead, he will be known for now as “Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.”
The surname, used by some members of the royal family, was created to recognize the lineage of both Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip.
Unlike many senior royals, Archie only has one middle name. Prince Harry’s full name is Henry Charles Albert David.
The couple did not disclose why they chose his first and middle names — though the meaning of Harrison, “son of Harry,” is probably a clue.
Archie, a name of Germanic origin with meanings that include “genuine,” “bold” and “brave,” is an increasingly popular baby name in Britain. It was among the top 20 most common boy’s names in 2017, according to the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics.
In the United States, famous Archies, both real and fictional, have included former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp and the red-haired comic book character Archie Andrews.
The baby is the first Anglo-American member of the royal family, and is eligible for U.S. citizenship should his parents want him to have it. He has African-American heritage through his biracial mother.Speech