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Prince Harry May Have Named Baby Archie After An Important Man From His Past

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

In case you’ve been living under a rock: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had their baby, and they named him Archie Harrison.

Royal fans have had a lot of mixed feelings about it. It’s a cute name! But it’s also a surprising name for a royal. So where did it come from?

Nobody really knows, because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven’t explained their name choice at all. However, sources have speculated about where the two names came from, and some of the theories are pretty compelling.

One source told the Sun that the name Archie is in honor of Major Tom Archer-Burton, aka Archie, Harry’s commanding officer in the army.

Harry served in the army for 10 years, and his service on the front lines was a big deal for him and the entire royal family.

“It’s well known in Army circles, and Archie’s inner circle, that baby Archie is a nod to him,” the source explained.

The source added that Major Archer-Burton was pivotal for Harry’s military career, and the two have remained very close.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their much-awaited baby boy on May 6. They didn’t immediately reveal his name, and oddsmakers were predicting names like Arthur, James, or Albert.

A few days later, the couple announced their baby’s name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

It took pretty much everyone by surprise, as Archie is not a traditional royal name.

People speculated that perhaps it was short for Archibald, but nope. It’s just Archie! It’s an adorably casual British name.

Fans are now speculating about why the Sussexes picked those names. While many people have joked that they named Archie after the character in Riverdale, there must be a more realistic explanation!

One source told Hello! magazine that the couple “just liked” the names, but there could be more to it than that.

Another source told the Sun that Meghan and Harry named Archie after Harry’s former army commanding officer, Major Tom Archer-Burton, known as Archie.

The Duke of Sussex served in the army for 10 years and undertook two tours of Afghanistan.

It was Harry’s dream to serve on the front lines, and Archie is the man who got him deployed there. The officer is reportedly a personal hero of Harry’s — the man who saved his military career.

“It’s well known in Army circles, and Archie’s inner circle, that baby Archie is a nod to him,” the source told the Sun.

Harry and Archie remain very close, the insider added.

“The two men have stayed in regular contact, and Archie has met most of Harry’s family, including Meghan,” the source said.

“It’s an incredible honor but Archie is an incredibly modest chap, and won’t be making a big deal of it.”

Archie attended Harry’s wedding last spring, and he also attended Prince William’s wedding.

“Archie convinced Harry to stay in the Army and I’m delighted that Harry has named his son after someone who played such an important role in his life,” the source said.

To be fair, there are also other theories floating around — including that Archie is named after Meghan’s former pet cat — so honestly, who knows for sure?

As for Archie’s middle name Harrison, there are also plenty of theories about where that name comes from.

The most popular (and probably most logical) theory says that Harrison is a straightforward ode to Harry — the name literally means “son of Harry.”

But Meghan’s etiquette teacher believes that Harrison is an ode to her favorite Beatle, George Harrison.

“She has a great fond feeling for George Harrison and that’s where that name came from,” the teacher, Edmund Fry, told the Sun. “She’s a great fan of The Beatles.”

Fans also noticed that Archie’s name was announced without an official royal title in front of it. Per royal tradition, only children of direct male heirs to the throne gain Royal Highness status. Archie doesn’t fall into that category.

However, the Queen has made exceptions in the past for Prince William’s children, all of whom received HRH status at birth. It’s unclear whether Prince Harry will receive the same offer, since he’s further down the line to the throne than his older brother — and Harry and Meghan may not be interested anyway. They were offered the “courtesy title” the Earl of Dumbarton, but they reportedly declined.

Archie’s lack of royal title may be due to the same reason that they picked the name Archie to begin with.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted their son to be as normal as possible to begin with, hence no use of the title Earl of Dumbarton,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Insider.