Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made clear that the well-being of their kids is their first priority. And if that meant letting go of their Royal titles and moving to America, they were still ready to do it. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their firstborn almost a year after their big wedding in 2018. And the Royal family was delighted for them. However, why they named him Archie is still a subject of speculation despite the Prince being almost four years old now.
The couple’s firstborn is named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. While the latter half is self-explanatory, there have been rumors that his first name is inspired by a fat cat that the couple knew of.
What is the meaning behind Prince Archie’s name?
The Duke of Sussex was named Prince Henry officially, as the name had been popular among the aristocrats. Although Henry remained for official matters, Harry or Harold was what he came to be known as. Meanwhile, Meghan has always remained a popular name in western culture owing to its meaning: Pearl. Therefore, what was the significance behind the name of their firstborn remains a matter of intrigue. A source close to the Sussexes had told The Sun in 2019: “It’s no surprise she named her new baby Archie. She loved that cat,” referring to a cat named Archie that she and her mother owned.
This is Meghan Markle with her pet cat Archie. I have to say when i learned she liked both cats and dogs, i finally have grown to like her very much😀#RoyalBaby pic.twitter.com/B18hJSYTZM
— RubyStephens33 (@RubyStephens33) May 11, 2019
The cat passed away when Markle was at college in Illinois. Another interesting fact to note from her friend’s intel is that Prince Harry was not the first ginger that Markle was obsessed with. The former actress was a fan of Archie Andrews from the cult favorite comic ‘Archie’, who was also the inspiration behind her cat’s name. Prince Archie’s name is probably the culmination of both the things that Markle finds endearing.
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With such significance behind their firstborn’s name, what about their daughter’s name? Why is she named Lilibet Diana?
What is the significance behind Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter’s name?
Their son might have been named after a comic and a cat, but their daughter’s name carries prestige. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle named their daughter, who was recently christened in a private event, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor.
As first reported by @People, a Sussex rep confirms: "I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor."
King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William, Princess Kate were invited but didn't attend. pic.twitter.com/Ayi1tAblQB
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 8, 2023
Her middle name is a tribute to Prince Harry’s late mother, Diana Spencer, and her first name is taken from her great-grandmother’s family name. The 2-year-old princess’s name caused quite an uproar for the use of the late Queen’s nickname.
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