There's A New Archie on the Block! The Royal Baby Has A Name

And everything else we know about the new royal babe

Katherine Singh
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Hear ye! Hear ye! The royal baby is *officially* here, and we have a feeling Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are going to be pretty excited about their newest playmate.

Here is everything we know so far:

He has a name!

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.

According to Hello! Canada, “Archie is a Scottish name that means ‘true and bold,’ while Harrison means ‘son of Henry'”—which, btw, is Harry’s real name. (Archie is also Prince George’s nickname.)

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

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.

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.”

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.”

 

More to come.

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