Wednesday was a big day for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. On that day, the royal couple showed their newborn son to the world for the very first time and also introduced him to his great-grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip.
Meghan and Harry also revealed the baby’s name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
It’s a rather unexpected name choice, many fans believe. People thought the royal couple would either choose a more traditional name (such as Alexander, Arthur, or James) or sentimentally name their son Spencer in honor of his late grandma, Princess Diana (her maiden name was Spencer).
While some may find the name choice a bit odd, royal historian Kate Williams says the Queen certainly had her say in it.
So, why Archie?
Speaking on Sky News, Williams explained that the name choice for the new royal baby is very much thought-through.
[The Duke and Duchess of Sussex] did discuss the name with the Queen and they would have discussed the name with the Prince of Wales, as well.
Archie is seventh in line to the throne, so his name is very important to the royal family, as there’s an off chance that he might one day become king. Williams told Sky News:
They don’t have to tell the Queen but it’s courtesy they wished to do so because it’s very important to her what the name is. This child could one day, possibly, be king.
It’s unlikely, everyone in front of him would have to abdicate, but we've seen stranger things happening. There is a very small possibility we might have a King Archie.
We don’t even want to imagine other scenarios in which Archie could become king, but such a possibility is very remote anyway, so let's not worry about it. Instead, let’s take a better look at his name.
The name “Archie” is of Germanic origin and means “master”, “genuine”, and “precious”. If the baby’s full first name is “Archibald” (we don’t know yet if it's true), then it could really be in honor of Princess Diana, as one of her distant ancestors was a member of Scottish nobility – Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll.