Here is everything to know about Archie:
One thing the royal fam is great at? Keeping secrets. Eight months after he was born, we commoners are only now finding out who the newest royal babe’s official godparents are—and they’re not at all who we expected. According to the Sunday Times, Harry chose two people super close to his heart as his first child’s godparents, bestowing the honour to his former nanny, Tiggy Pettifer, and Mark Dyer, a former officer of honour to Harry and Wills dad Prince Charles. Both Dyer and Pettifer reportedly played a big role in Harry’s upbringing.
In addition to these two, Harry’s childhood friend Charlie van Straubenzee has reportedly also been named as a godparent.
While it’s beyond cute that Harry and Meghan made such sentimental choices, we can’t say we’re not surprised with their picks. Around the time of Archie’s christening in July 2019, U.K. tabloids speculated that Canadian stylist and royal BFF Jessica Mulroney could be in the running for the role of godmother to the royal tyke (don’t forget she was a huge part of the wedding).
Expect photographs from Archie’s christening (taken by Chris Allerton) to be shared with the world. Buckingham Palace have announced that @JustinWelby will be conducting Saturday’s ceremony: pic.twitter.com/xt3Zw9gN91
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) July 3, 2019
After much speculation about Archie’s impending christening, the palace announced on July 3 that the newest member of the royal family will be christened on July 6 in the private chapel at Windsor Castle. Archie will probably wear the same lace and satin gown that so many royal babies have worn before him.
While it’s been confirmed that the Queen won’t be able to attend due to prior commitments, Prince Charles and Camilla will likely be there, as will Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland.
The adorbs Father’s Day photo
In possibly the cutest move in Father’s Day history, the Sussexes posted a new pic of Archie holding onto Prince Harry’s finger with a sweet and straightforward caption: “Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex.” We only see half of Archie’s face, but judging by those eyes, we can safely say he’s adorable AF (and so tiny, OMG).
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He has a name!
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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
Watch out Archiekins, there’s a new (potentially) redheaded cutie on the block. On May 8, two days after his arrival in to the world, the Royal couple announced they’ve named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The couple shared the news in a post to the their official Instagram account alongside a photo of Archie meeting his grandparents. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the post reads. “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.”
Will Archie get a royal title?
He may only be two days old, but the newest arrival to the Royal family is making waves for his name, and not just because of the reference to everyone’s favourite Riverdale character. Usually, royals only get surnames—like Mountbatten-Windsor—when they won’t be receiving a title. According to the BBC, Archie “could have become Earl of Dumbarton—one of Harry’s subsidiary titles—or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor [but] Harry and Meghan have chosen not to use a title for their firstborn,” something the network’s royal correspondent, Jonny Dymond says is a “strong indication that they don’t want to bring him up as a formal ‘royal.'”
The first photos of the royal baby
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
On May 8, new parents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walked down St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle to meet a small group of press—rather doing a large photocall—and introduce the world to their son for the first time. Harry wore a grey suit and carried his son, while Meghan walked beside him in an off-white sleeveless trench dress. Both parents were absolutely beaming.
“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing,” Meghan said, when asked about what it’s like to be a new mom. “I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy.”
According to the couple, so far, little Archie has been a “dream.”
“He has the sweetest temperament. He’s really calm,” said Meghan, prompting Harry to jump in, jokingly saying “I wonder who he gets that from?”
But who the royal baby takes after is still TBD, according to the Duke and Duchess. “His looks are changing every single day, so who knows,” responded Harry, shrugging his shoulders.
Meghan’s first appearance look was pretty special
By now we know that HRH is always saying *something* with her outfits, and the debut of her firstborn was no different. While Meghan’s cream trench dress by British designer Grace Wales Bonner was drop dead gorge, according to Hello Canada, the decision to go with Wales Bonner for her big moment was one that carried a lot of weight. In choosing Wales Bonner, HRH paid tribute to her family’s ancestry, as the designer is herself of Jamaican and English descent—just like Meghan and her mom, Doria Ragland! Per Business of Fashion, “Wales Bonner uses her mixed-race heritage as a key reference in her collections… Her work explores representations of black male sexuality and identity, through exceptional craftsmanship and embellishments.”
Did Meghan Markle have a home birth?
Short answer: nope. Though the royals do have a history of giving birth at home—according to Harper’s Bazaar, that’s what Queen Elizabeth II did for Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward—Meghan and Harry opted for a hospital birth. The Daily Mail reported that though Meghan had originally hoped for a home birth, she ended up being “whisked off” to a hospital in London where she gave birth with Prince Harry by her side. The Duke and Duchess have not confirmed the location of the birth and neither has Buckingham Palace.
It’s a boy!
Per an announcement by The Duke and Duchesses official Instagram account, HRH Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby boy in the early hours of May 6. Their Royal Heighnesses’ new son weighed 7lbs 3oz at birth.
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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 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. 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.
Baby and royal mama are reported to be doing well, and in the company of both Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, and the new royal dad.
Speaking to the press outside Windsor Castle after the announcement of his son’s birth, Prince Harry said: “I haven’t been at many births, this is my first, it was amazing absolutely incredible. I’m so proud of my wife. As every father and parent would say, your baby is absolutely amazing but this little thing is absolutely to die for, so I’m absolutely over the moon.”
The Duke of Sussex announces his wife has given birth to a baby boy.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 6, 2019
At the time, Prince Harry noted that he and Meghan “still thinking about names” for their new son. “The baby’s a little bit overdue so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it,” said Prince Harry. “That’s the next bit.”