What is Prince Harry‘s real name? You probably scratched your head wondering this after finding out Meghan Markle and the royal’s firstborn son is named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Harry’s full legal name is actually Henry Charles Albert David. Fans were thinking that baby Archie’s middle name was in tribute to his handsome father. Historically, names ending in “son” are possessive so people started theorizing that “Harrison” was equivalent to “Harry’s son.” That is adorable but most likely not actually the case of why they chose the moniker.
Since his childhood, the youngest son of Princess Diana has been called Harry. It is actually a very common nickname for Henry among the royal family. As for his last name, Mountbatten-Windsor, it belongs to male-line descendants of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip who don’t have a royal title. While Harry does carry the title of “Prince,” his new bundle of joy does not.
According to royal reporter Omid Scobie, Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, decided to forgo giving their child a royal title because they want to give him “as normal of a life as possible.” The adorable newborn is actually named after a member of Diana’s family, Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll.
Meghan gave birth to Archie on Monday, May 6, and they waited two days before publicly announcing his sweet moniker on Instagram. The new mom is over-the-moon about their little family of three. “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I mean, I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy,” she said during her first public appearance since giving birth on Wednesday, May 8.
As for Harry, he’s one proud dad. “Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning — a very healthy boy. Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. This has been the most amazing experience I could possibly imagine,” the redheaded royal told the press shortly after his baby’s arrival.
He gushed about his powerful wife, “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we are both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everyone out there. It’s been amazing. So, we just wanted to share this with everybody.”
Congrats to the royal family!