- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry broke royal tradition when they named their firstborn child Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
- Unlike Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George, Archie does not appear to be named after any close relatives.
- Archie also does not have a courtesy title in his name.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially named the newest member of the royal family, who was born on Monday. And on Wednesday morning, Markle and Prince Harry announced on their official Instagram account that their son’s name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
A lot of fans were surprised at the name choice. Many had predicted that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would give their child a name with traditional royal roots, such as Albert or Charles.
Here’s how Archie’s name breaks a few royal traditions.
Archie does not appear to be named after any close relatives as was the case with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children each have names that seem to include multiple tributes to royal relatives.
For example, part of Prince Louis Arthur Charles’ name is likely a tribute toPrince Charles, Prince William’s father. In addition, the Louis part of his name could be a nod to Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten.
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana’s name has nods to multiple members of her family. Charlotte is the feminization of Charles, which could be a tribute to Prince Charles. Charlotte is also the middle name of Kate Middleton’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton. Princess Charlotte’s other two names, Elizabeth and Diana, are likely tributes to Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, Prince William’s mother.
And Prince George Alexander Louis is likely named after King George VI. Plus, his middle name is the masculine version of Queen Elizabeth’s middle name, Alexandra.
Archie’s name does not include a courtesy title
In addition, Archie doesn’t have an official title before his name as many recent royal babies have. For example, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s youngest son is Prince Louis Arthur Charles, known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.
But, as Rebecca English, The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, first reported, Archie will not have a royal title, he will be simply known as “Master Archie.” Sources close to Buckingham Palace confirmed to INSIDER that Archie would not have a royal title.
Archie is not in the direct line of succession so, per royal tradition, he would not be born with the title of prince or princess. But Archie could be bestowed a different title later on, though sources close to Buckingham Palace previously told INSIDER that Markle and Harry had chosen not to give their son a courtesy title for now.
This isn’t the first royal expectation Harry and Meghan have broken surrounding their first baby
Royals like Kate Middleton and Princess Diana have traditionally posed outside of the exclusive maternity ward at St. Mary’s Hospital just a few hours after giving birth.
But instead of following this post-birth tradition on Monday, Markle and Prince Harry did a private photo op at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.
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