Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, gave the world a first look Wednesday at their son – baby Archie – not before introducing him to the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess revealed the baby boy’s name on their Instagram account, with a black-and-white photo of Meghan showing the baby to Queen Elizabeth II and Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Beside them stood Harry and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the post read. Not a traditional name many were expecting.
While there are no rules for choosing names, the British royal family likes to honor those who came before them. Bookmakers had Arthur and Edward, as well as Philip (a nod to Harry’s grandfather), among their top choices for a newborn son. But none of these made the cut.
Queen Elizabeth boasts a big smile in the family photo, while proud first-time grandmother Doria looks on.
“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were introduced to the newborn son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle. Ms Doria Ragland was also present. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex are delighted to announce that they have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” read a post of the Royal Family’s Twitter page.
No royal title for baby Archie
Seventh in line to the throne, Archie Harrison does not qualify immediately for the title of prince.
The palace did confirm the Sussexes decided not to use a royal title for baby Archie. As a courtesy title, Archie could’ve taken Earl of Dumbarton, one of Harry’s own titles, as the BBC reports.
However, when Prince Charles becomes King, Prince Harry’s son will automatically become His Royal Highness Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Baby Archie weighed 3.35kg at birth, and was a week overdue. Read all the details about the birth here.