Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor: Alleged Meaning behind Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Son's Name

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's choice of name for their first child, Archie, is unique and unexpected. There are, therefore, numerous speculations about the reason they chose the name. 

Reports share that there has never been an Archie in the royal family history. They also share that the only name closest to it is that of the ninth Earl of Argyll, Archibald Campbell. Although he died defending his faith, that doesn't appear to be why the couple chose to call their son Archie. 

Via social media, avid fans of the British royals have shared their thoughts on the possible reasons why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose the name Archie for their son. Here are a few!


Not all baby names have to have a special hidden meaning of sorts. Emily Andrews, a royal correspondent for The Sun, shares that Harry and Meghan simply like the name because of its generally-known meaning. 

"I'm told that #Harry & #meghan chose names for #babysussex that they liked. They said they liked the symbolic meaning of "brave" and "source of action" for Archie and "son of Harry" for Harrison. Archie is of German origin, from Archibald," Andrews shared via Twitter. 

Nameberry, a famous site for sourcing baby names accrues to Andrews' tweet that Archie is truly of German origin and that it also means "truly brave." 


While Andrews' tweet seems somewhat plausible, many chose to believe that the name Archie means much more for Harry and his former actress wife. In response to Andrews' May 8 tweet, a fan, @BrownGemsglynis shares the fast going popular theory that Archie is an acronym of Markle's name, Rachel. 

"Archie is the acronym of Rachel. Harrison being the son of Harry (Henry). He was named after his parents. So very proud of Meghan," a part of the tweet reads. 

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham - Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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Prince Harry and Meghan are top-rated members of the royal family which makes the great extent of the speculations no surprise.

Soon after the announcement of their son's official name, netizens were quick to jokingly conclude that Prince Harry and Meghan must be avid followers of "Riverdale," a popular CW TV series. 

A significant trend, however, started after real people named Archie took to social media to air their reactions to the news. The responses are quite hilarious with London-based freelance writer Archie Rhind-Tutt even literally calling for help! 


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