THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex made history yesterday by publicly revealing their son’s name on Instagram.
The social media post included a black and white picture showing the moment Archie met his great-grandmother the Queen for the first time.
Also pictured was Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and the Duke of Edinburgh, who had bumped into the proud parents and their newborn in Windsor Castle earlier in the day.
The post came minutes before an official announcement on Twitter by the palace, which uploaded the same photo in colour.
The name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor came as a surprise to fans and pundits, with bookmakers saying it was one of the biggest shocks in royal betting history. Ladbrokes said only 60 bets were placed on the name Archie, at odds of 100/1. The total staked was £100.
The new baby will not be an HRH or a prince, under rules in place for more than a century that limit royal titles. Instead he will be referred to as Master.
As the first-born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton, one of Harry’s subsidiary titles, but a source said: ‘They have chosen not to use a courtesy title.’
Archie is the 18th most popular name for a newborn baby boy in England and Wales, and is German in origin, meaning ‘genuine’, ‘bold’ and ‘brave’. Harrison is thought to have its roots in the words ‘Harry’s son’.
Mountbatten-Windsor is used by some royals, combining the name of Prince Philip’s uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was killed by the IRA in 1979, and the Windsor surname adopted by the family — who were then called Saxe-Coburg and Gotha — during World War I amid anti-German feeling.
While the choice of first name caught many off-guard, it curiously cropped up in January when Prince Harry’s five-year-old nephew, Prince George (inset), reportedly insisted to a passing dog-walker that Archie was his name.
The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, said that the prince had started stroking her dog. ‘Just to be friendly I engaged in a bit of small talk and I asked George what his name was, even though obviously I knew it. To my astonishment he said “I’m called Archie”,’ she said. Famous real-life Archies are few and far between — with the arguable exception of 1970s Scottish footballer Archie Gemmill. But there are plenty of fictional characters that could have inspired the royals, including Archie Mitchell from EastEnders, Archie Andrews from teen drama Riverdale and Archie from children’s TV series Balamory. Another is Archie Johnson from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, who is played by namesake actor Archie Kao. The name can also be unisex — British actress Archie Panjabi played Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife.
Harrison is the 34th most popular choice for boys in England and Wales, with famous namesakes including actor Harrison Ford, Beatles guitarist George Harrison, and astronaut Harrison Schmitt, the most recent living person to walk on the moon.