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Baby Archie: The Royal Baby’s story so far

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hold their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, Britain May 8, 2019. Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS

Baby Archie: The Royal Baby’s story so far

Baby Archie: The Royal Baby’s story so far

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to Baby Archie one minute after sunrise (05:26am) on 6th of May, 2019. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.35kg).

Where did Meghan have Baby Archie?

Portland Hospital, a private maternity hospital on Great Portland Street, London. The same hospital where Victoria Beckham, Liz Hurley and Sarah Ferguson gave birth.

The Duke and Duchess ditched decades of tradition by not having their baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

How much did Baby Archie weigh at birth?

7lbs 3oz (3.35kg).

What is Baby Archie’s full name?

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Where does the name Archie come from?

The two first names, Archie and Harrison, do not have any previous royal connotations and are totally new for the Royal Family. Mountbatten is Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip’s surname. And Winsor is the Royal Family’s name.

Baby Archie is Christened at Windsor Castle (6/7/19)

The intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, with no public or media in attendance. Approximately 25 people were expected to join the Sussex’s. Unfortunately, the Queen and Prince Phillip were unable to attend due to prior engagements.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also kept the god parents of baby Archie private. 

Baby Archie, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

The pictures were taken in the Green Drawing Room and in the rose garden at Windsor Castle by photographer Chris Allerton.

Two photos from the day were released. An adorable photo of the proud parents with their two-month-old son, and one larger family portrait, which features the Cambridges, Prince Charles and Camilla, and Meghan’s mother Doria, as well as two of Princess Diana’s siblings, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

Prince Harry celebrates his first Father’s Day (17/6/2019)

It only took a few weeks to see the little face of the British monarchy’s seventh-in-command, it was definitely worth the wait!

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex released a photograph of the 6-week-old baby Archie on Fathers Day via their Instagram page. 

Adorable baby Archie

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (baby Archie) was born on May 6, and took part in his first photocall on May 8, when his parents introduced the little royal to the world. And now, new dad Prince Harry has shared his own photo of his son.

Baby Archie’s birth certificate reveals important details about his birth (18/5/19)

The mystery of where Britain’s royal baby Archie was born has been solved by his birth certificate.

Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle – chose to have their son at a private hospital, baby Archie’s birth certificate has revealed.

Buckingham Palace has released Archie’s birth certificate, which shows his place of birth being Portland Hospital. He was born at 5.26am local time on May 6 weighing 3.26kg.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their new baby Archie at Windsor Castle

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan was reportedly a week overdue, which is believed to be what led her to have Archie in a hospital – although she had favoured a home birth.

The couple’s new baby was born in a maternity unit renowned for its quality of service, akin to a five-star hotel where parents can spend tens of thousands to ensure a safe and happy arrival for their baby.

Portland Hospital is where Victoria Beckham, Liz Hurley and Sarah Ferguson gave birth.

Duchess Meghan’s full legal name, Rachel Meghan Markle, is listed on the document, which also lists Meghan’s job as “Princess of the United Kingdom”.

While this is not a new revelation, Meghan’s title is styled as the Duchess of Sussex, she has been a princess since the moment she married Prince Harry.

Prince Harry and Meghan returned with baby Archie to Frogmore Cottage just hours after the birth.

Baby Archie meets the Queen (9/5/19)

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 (9/5/19)

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby boy (7/5/19)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby boy arrived in the world at 5:26am (BST) weighing 7lbs 3oz (3.35kg) – one minute after the sun rose on Monday in Windsor, according to CNN.

A beaming Prince Harry said they were “absolutely thrilled” and thanked the public for their support.

He said Duchess Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for Baby Sussex.

Speaking from Windsor, the Duke of Sussex said the child was “absolutely to die for” and he is “so proud of his wife”.

The ceremonial bulletin announcing the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn has been placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London.

It reads: “The Queen and the Royal Family are delighted at the news that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 05:26am today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

The royal family, including the Queen, Prince Philip, Harry’s father Prince Charles, and his brother Prince William are said to be “delighted with the news”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are among the royal family members who’ve responded to the birth of the baby boy. In a joint statement with other relatives – the couple said they “have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

While Duchess Meghan’s baby bump has been one of the most photographed in history, the former Hollywood star and husband Prince Harry opted for a private affair when it came to the birth of their baby boy. The Duke and Duchess ditched decades of tradition by not having their baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

The royal couple let on as little as possible to the media, also not announcing when the Duchess went into labour – unlike has been the case with the Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of her three children. This led to much speculation by royal watchers in the days and weeks before the birth.

And, if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the seventh in line to the throne – it won’t come right away. “I think we’ll be seeing you guys in probably two days’ time,” Prince Harry told reporters on Monday.

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