Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have named their newborn* son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
They announced the two-day-old’s name on Instagram last night after introducing him to the Queen, along with an intimate photo of the monarch* meeting her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland were also present for the beautiful royal family photo.
The choice of name is already causing great debate* with some social media users loving the non-traditional selection, and others questioning why the couple chose Archie over Archibald.
The name means “genuine”*, “bold”* and “brave”.
The baby was not named a His Royal Highness (or HRH), even though the Queen could have bent the rules, as she did for Kate and William’s children, to make him a prince.
Meghan and Harry have also chosen not to give him an aristocratic* title, even though he could have been known as Lord Mountbatten-Windsor and taken one of Prince Harry’s lesser titles, such as Earl of Dumbarton.
He will simply be known as Master Archie.
Earlier, the happy couple released the first photos of their baby son. Master Archie was wrapped in a white shawl and wearing a white hat as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex beamed with joy in a photoshoot at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle.
The Duchess gushed over life after welcoming her little boy, saying: “It’s magic.
“It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy.”
She said Master Archie had the “sweetest temperament”, adding, “he’s the dream”.
Asked who the baby takes after, the Duchess said: “We’re still trying to figure that out.”
Harry added: “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.”
Asked how he was finding parenting, the prince said: “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.”
The proud parents welcomed Master Archie at London’s Portland Hospital on Monday (London time), but chose to keep most of the details private.
- newborn: a baby born recently
- monarch: a ruler, especially a queen, king or emperor
- debate: discussion with two sides
- genuine: real or authentic
- bold: confident and willing to take risks
- aristocratic: titled (such as Lord or Duke etc)
- How old is Archie?
- What title will he have before his name Archie?
- How many great-grandchildren does the Queen have?
- Where did the two photoshoots of Archie take place?
- How did the royal couple first announce his name?
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Make a list of all the titles given to aristocrats around the world. The article above has some examples, but try and think of as many as you can.
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