New parents Meghan and Prince Harry have announced the name of their son to the world: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Archie—not Archibald—made his first public appearance Wednesday. He was born Monday at 5:26 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Mother Meghan calls Archie “a dream” who “has the sweetest temperament.”
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.”
Names are important. The Bible says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” (Proverbs 22:1) Of course, the idea of a good name involves more than just the label given to someone at birth: It includes a person’s character and reputation.
Meanings for Archie include “genuine”, “bold,” and “brave.” Unlike many royals, Archie has only one middle name. (Prince Harry’s full name is Henry Charles Albert David.) Harrison means “son of Harry”—probably why they chose that particular middle name.
The baby’s last name recognizes the lineages of both Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip.
Surprise seems to be the most common reaction to the new royal’s name. “A mouthful for him,” says Elizabeth Barker, an Irish tourist, laughing.
Harry says it’s too soon to tell whom the baby will take after. “His looks are changing every single day, so who knows,” he says.
The couple left the photo session to introduce the baby to his great-grandparents, the queen and Prince Philip. The infant is the eighth great-grandchild of 93-year-old Elizabeth, Britain’s longest reigning monarch and the first Anglo-American member of the royal family. Archie is eligible for U.S. citizenship should his parents want him to have it.
(Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during a photo session with their newborn son, in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, Wednesday May 8, 2019. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)