Archie vs. Archibald: What Is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Son Real Name?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally announced the name of their son on Wednesday, two days after he was born, and it caused some confusion for followers of the royal family. In an official Instagram post, the name of the newest member of the royal family was given as Archie.

Some people, however, believed that the baby boy's full name was Archibald. Although Archie is usually a nickname for Archibald, this is not the case for Meghan and Harry's new baby. His full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, which is how he's referred to on Queen Elizabeth's royal website.

Moreover, the name was shared in the duke and duchess of Sussex's official Instagram post—the same way the full names of Prince George Alexander Louis and Prince Louis Arthur Charles were revealed.

While Archie is short for Archibald—a name with a Germanic origin that means bold or brave—the name has some American semblance. It is the name of various historical and popular U.S. figures, such as the lead character of the Archie Comics and Riverdale TV series, Archie Andrews. The name also belonged to American boxer Archie Moore, who was the longest-reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time during his legendary fighting career, from 1935 to 1963.

As for the royal baby's middle name, Harrison, it is derived from the patronymic, meaning "Harry's son."

Unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton's children, Meghan and Harry's son will not carry a royal title. He is seventh in line to the throne, and Elizabeth's eighth great-grandchild.

Here are a few reactions to Markle and Harry's baby-name choice below.

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