He’s finally here! Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, welcomed a baby boy named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor into their lives on Monday, May 6. So, what is the meaning behind his moniker?
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” their official Instagram page read on Wednesday, May 8. “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.”
Clearly, the duo named their new child after Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. Among her Scott ancestors were Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon and his wife, Jane, and Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll. Aw, Diana would be so proud. Additionally, Archie means “truly brave” and is of German origin. Mountbatten is also the last name Prince Philip adopted when he became a British citizen before he became engaged to Queen Elizabeth in 1947.
Fans speculated that if the baby was a boy, they would name it Arthur, Alexander or James since the royal family created three URLs to reserve the names on their official website.
After the Prince’s little bundle of joy came into the world, the 34-year-old couldn’t help but gush over how he was feeling. “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,” he told the media shortly after the news broke.
Harry continued to praise his 37-year-old wife in the interview. “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,” he said.
The Sussex Royal official Instagram page shared the exciting announcement. “We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7 lbs. 3 oz,” the message read.
The post added, “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.”
“The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news,” an official statement read. “The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
We can’t wait to see more pictures of the little one! Congrats, you two.