Meghan Markle and Prince Harry named their son “Archie” in May 2019, but the name choice could have caused a stir with Harry’s nephew, Prince George, a report said.
Meghan and Harry have been involved deeply in a feud with Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton for over a year. The misunderstanding arguable started immediately after Harry and Meghan got together. William didn’t like the pace at which they were moving as he thought they were moving too fast.
Since then, the relationship between the royal brothers and their wives have only escalated and royal observers quickly noted the unfriendly exchange between Harry and William when they reunited at the Commonwealth Day service earlier this month.
Suspicions are that Meghan and Harry may have also neglected William and Kate when they named their son “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor”, a name with no previous connotation with the intention to have him live like an ordinary citizen.
Reporter Phil Dampier explained how the third-in-line to the throne had been walking with his grandmother Carole Middleton when he met a dog walker.
The anonymous woman told The Sun: “I was asked by a police minder not to take a photo of the children, which I didn’t, but George started stroking my dog.
“Just to be friendly I engaged in a bit of small talk and I asked George what his name was, even though obviously I knew it. To my astonishment, he said ‘I’m called Archie’, with a big smile on his face. I don’t know why he calls himself Archie but kids often play with their names and I think it’s lovely.”
While a royal insider told The Sun: “The royals love nicknames and having a bit of fun just like everyone else. When George goes to school I can imagine a few comments about ‘Educating Archie’.”
George’s full name is George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, but he has had several nicknames over the years. Kate and William referred to him as “our little grape” when she first fell pregnant.
He was then known as PG, Prince George, at school, which led to the Cambridges calling him PG Tips or Tips. When the royals heard of Archie’s name that May they were all shocked as they’d planned to name him “Alexander, Arthur or Albert.”
Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, had told the BBC after the little child’s birth: “I don’t think anyone of us saw either “Archie or Harrison” coming.”
Most people believe that Meghan and Harry used the name “Harrison” because it originally means the son of Harry.
Still expatiating on the name Archie, Mr Little continued: “It may well be that it’s a name that Meghan is familiar with and that’s why they are using it. They have wanted to do something a little bit different, and they have done.”
“Mountbatten-Windsor” as a surname was first used in 1960, as a concession to Prince Philip as he had felt put out that his children would not inherit his last name.
Royal biographer Penny Junor said: “Prince Philip was never allowed to call his children by his own surname. I think that’s a really nice tribute to Harry’s grandfather.”
Although William and Kate did not make a public comment on Harry and Meghan’s decision to name their son Archie. But William said that he wanted to welcome his brother to the “sleep deprivation society”. He added that he was looking forward to seeing the pair when “things have quietened down”.