The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Introducing him to the cameras yesterday, Meghan said: “He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm. He’s been the dream.”
As they laughed, Prince Harry said: “I don’t know who he gets that from.”
The announcement came after the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh met their eighth and newest great-grandchild for the first time at Windsor Castle.
By deciding to call their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Harry and Meghan have chosen not to use a title for their first born.
As the first born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, but instead he will simply be Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Talking about their first few days as parents, Meghan said: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”
The duke added: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing.
“It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.” On which parent the baby resembled more, Harry said: “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks.
“We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.”
Later, asked to show more of their son’s face to the cameras, Meghan laughed as Harry joked: “He’s already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful.”
Meghan added: “Thank you everybody for all the well-wishes and kindness, it just means so much.”
Archie Harrison: The meaning behind the name
A surprise choice, Archie was not among the bookmakers’ favorites of Alexander, Arthur and Albert.
“I don’t think anyone of us saw either of these names coming,” says Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty royal magazine.
As far as he is aware, Archie does not have any British royal connotations – and Harrison too is a totally new name for the Royal Family.
Archie means “genuine”, “bold” or “brave” – and is more popular in Britain than the US. It was originally a shortened form of Archibald but is now often used as a name on its own.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family,” the post said.
Wrapped in a white shawl and hat, baby Sussex was oblivious to it all, sleeping soundly in his father’s arms.
As soon as the pictures of the newborn emerged news crews outside the castle beamed them live across the world.