Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were torn over son Archie’s first name

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were torn over son Archie’s first name. The couple welcomed their first child in May 2019. Get all the details…

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were torn over son Archie's first name

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are parents to two young children, there’s no denying that they are relishing life as parents. However, their first decision as new parents was a slightly tricky one.

During a conversation with an Invictus Games competitor, Meghan confessed that she and Prince Harry were torn over what to call their firstborn – whether they choose Archie or Harrison as the first name.

The couple, who welcomed their little boy on 6 May 2019, named him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Sherry McBain, 42, said her wife Mandy brought their little boy Harrison to a children’s book reading attended by the former actress at the Invictus Games in The Hague, and the pair got chatting. She told the PA: “She was like, ‘Harrison, that’s Archie’s middle name’, and Mandy was like, ‘Yeah, I know.’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were torn over son Archie's first name

The name Archie (sometimes used as a shortening of the name Archibald or Arthur) means true, bold and brave. Meanwhile, Harrison means “son of Harry,” so its inclusion in Archie’s full name is likely to have been a tribute to the Duke.

Archie entered the top ten names for boys in England and Wales for the first time in 2020, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There were 2,944 babies named Archie in 2020, up from 2,544 in 2019.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were torn over son Archie's first name

In June 2021, the couple welcomed their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname and the doting parents refer to their daughter as Lili.

Little Lili is the first of the Queen’s great-grandchildren to be born outside the UK, not to mention the first royal baby who has had the honour of sharing their first name with her Majesty. Her cousin, Princess Charlotte, has Elizabeth as the first of her middle names, however, with Diana as her second.

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