Wednesday, 8 May 2019

"It's Magic": The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Introduce Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their beautiful baby boy to the world during a photocall at Windsor this afternoon.


Hello Archie! He's an adorable baby. Who do you think he resembles? It's too early to say, although at this stage, I see a little more of mum.


We've all been incredibly excited to see the little one for the first time and it was certainly worth the wait. Proud parents Harry and Meghan were beaming with joy, they are obviously savouring every moment of parenthood and getting to know their son. It's the first time we've seen the Duchess since late March, the new mother looked radiant. They both seemed elated and exhausted, a very typical combination at this stage. Omid Scobie reports their time with baby has been "peaceful and emotional".


As hoped for, the couple chatted with reporter Alan Jones about their little one and the first days of parenthood. Speaking about her son, Meghan said: "He's just been a dream. It's been a special couple of days. He has the sweetest temperament. He’s really calm." Harry smiled and said "I don't know where he gets that from".


When asked who the baby resembles, the Duchess said: "We’re still trying to figure that out." Harry added: "Everyone says babies change so much over two weeks. We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month, really. His looks are changing every single day, so who knows?"


After the photocall, the couple introduced Baby Sussex to Her Majesty and Prince Philip. Meghan said: We just bumped into the Duke (Prince Philip) as we were walking by which was so nice. It will be a nice moment to introduce the baby to more family. And my mom is with us as well." Harry took a peek at his son and joked: "There's a little bit of facial hair there". Meghan took the opportunity to thank well-wishers for their support: "Thank you everyone for all the well wishes and the kindness. It just means so much".


The Duchess added: "I have the two best guys in the world, so I'm really happy".


Due to rainy conditions in Windsor, Harry and Meghan decided to hold the photocall in St George's Hall inside the castle. The hall is used for State Banquets, receptions and is on the public visitor route throughout the year. More from the Royal Collection Trust: "St George's Hall had to be rebuilt after the fire of 1992, and features a ceiling studded with the coats of arms of every single Knight of the Garter since the order was founded in 1348.  The armoured figure on horseback at the east end of the hall is known as 'The King's Champion'. The Champion used to ride into the Coronation banquet held in Westminster Hall, throw his gauntlet three times and challenge anyone to deny the authority of the new sovereign."


Baby Sussex was born on Monday morning. The official Buckingham Palace press release read: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs this morning. The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz. The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news. The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage. Her Royal Highness and the baby are both doing well." It's been reported the Duchess gave birth at London's Portland hospital, however there's been no official word.


The news was followed by an unforgettable and touching announcement from Harry. "I'm very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby boy. I'm so incredibly proud of my wife. It's brilliant, I'm absolutely thrilled. We're really grateful for all the love and support shown to us. It's been overdue so we have had a little bit of time to think about names so that's the next bit. I haven't been at many births. This is my first birth. It was amazing and absolutely incredible. I'm incredibly proud of my wife. Every father and parent will say your baby is absolutely amazing but this little thing is absolutely to die for. I'm over the moon." In case you want to watch it again (of course you do :)), here's the video. It was incredibly special to see him holding his son in his arms today.


The Royal Regiment of Scotland marked the arrival by playing 'Congratulations'.


Members of the royal family have been expressing their delight. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently undertaking an official visit to Germany. Granddad Charles said it's a "particular pleasure to be back in Berlin once again - especially as grandfather of a brand new grandson!". Charles also said: "We couldn’t be more delighted at the news and we’re looking forward to meeting the baby when we return." The couple have received an array of gifts and balloons. During a walkabout today, a member of the crowd showed Camilla a photo of Baby Sussex, to which she replied "Thank you very much". 


During an event at Cutty Sark yesterday, Prince William said: "Obviously thrilled, absolutely thrilled, and looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down. I'm very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting." The Duchess of Cambridge added: "It's such a special time, obviously with Louis and Charlotte just having their birthdays, it's such a great time of year to have a baby. Spring is in the air. As William said, we look forward to meeting him and finding out what his name is going to be. It's really exciting for both of them and wishing them all the best. This next few weeks is always a bit daunting, the first time round, so we wish them all the best".


From the couple's Instagram account: "Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago."


The photos shared on Instagram were taken by their wedding party photographer Chris Allerton.

Several hours after the photocall there was a very special surprise in store. A historic photo of Harry, Meghan introducing Archie to the Queen and Prince Philip.


The outstanding photo accompanied the announcement. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor."


The couple elected to forego a title for Archie.


Of course this could change with the passage of time, however I doubt we'll see a title in the future. We've discussed Charles' plans for a streamlined monarchy and the fact it's incredibly unlikely Harry and Meghan's children will be working royals. Victoria Arbiter reports the couple are determined to afford their child as normal a life as possible and this is a part of that plan. Max Foster adds: "I understand the couple just liked the name Archie and that Harrison means son of Harry."


People reports:

'The royal parents have decided not to give their child a courtesy title at this time, PEOPLE understands.'

More from Sky News:

'A name of German origin, Archie is the shortened version of Archibald, meaning "genuine", "bold" and "brave". Meanwhile, Harrison is of Aboriginal origin and means "son of Henry" or "son of Harry". His full name means "Genuine, bold and brave son of Harry".
Archie has become popularised recently in the UK according to the experts at Nameberry, who say the name is now in the top 20. Famous figures named Archie include Archie Kao, a US actor, Archie Manning, a former American Football player and Archie Andrews - a red-headed comic book character from the Archie comics.' 

Baby Sussex was wrapped up in the Ivory white leaves and flower baby shawl from G.H. Hurt & Son (with thanks to Tiegan). It is described as: "The intricately detailed Leaves and Flowers design is finished with a delicate shell stitched edging. Lovingly produced in the finest & softest merino wool. This Ivory White lacy baby blanket takes three days to produce and is crafted by eight pairs of skilled hands in our shawl factory in Nottingham, England. It is beautifully lined giving this large shawl a light and airy feel, perfect to wrap up your little ones." The company made two dozen shawls for the birth of Prince Charles and all three Cambridge children were introduced swaddled in their pieces. It's a very nice continuation of the tradition.


Baby Sussex also wore their Cashmere baby hat.


The Duchess chose a trench style dress today; it's a style she's long favoured and worn several times over the past year. The dress was a sophisticated choice and very much in keeping with Meghan's love of classic styles in neutral colours.


The Telegraph's Bethan Holt revealed the dress was designed by Grace Wales Bonner, a rising talent in British fashion. This is going to be an incredible moment for the young designer.


More from The Telegraph:

'Just last week, Wales Bonner was awarded the BFC/ Vogue Fashion Fund prize, offering a £200,000 boost to her business as well as high-level mentoring support. In the same week, she collaborated with Dior on its Resort collection, which was shown in Marrakesh. Her royal seal approval makes it a trio of recent triumphs. 
News that Wales Bonner had designed this dress, which denotes a key moment in Meghan's royal life, came via the British Vogue Instagram page. This suggests that the idea of her wearing the designer may have been arranged with the team at the publication. Meghan is said to have developed a close working relationship with editor Edward Enninful.
The 28 year-old designer has been lauded for her sensitive approach to gender. She started out focusing on menswear but now shows her collections on both male and female models . Recent shows have examined how students dressed at Howard University, the first black university and Ram Daas, an American spiritual teacher who brought Eastern practices including yoga to the West- these are both topics which segue with Meghan's own interests.'

Elle reports:

'My work is about showing non-prescriptive representation and pushing a broader spectrum of black representation. Hence you primarily see non-white models in her show, a move she defends. The industry is saturated with white models and, while I don't like the way people decide to "do a black show", this is simply a representation of beauty I'm trying to put out there.'
Identity underscoring her work is unsurprising - it's something she says she began thinking about when she first started to grapple with her half-Jamaican, half-English heritage as a student in secondary school in south London. 'People were telling me who I should be: black, white. As I got older, I realised there's no prescriptive way of being anything. You negotiate your own identity.'

The Duchess wore her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in beige suede. They are available at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Meghan accessorised with her Jennifer Meyer turquoise necklace.


And her Natalie Marie studs.


It seemed entirely fitting to introduce Baby Sussex at Windsor. It's provided the backdrop of Harry and Meghan's relationship - from romantic walks on the estate before the world knew they were together, to their engagement portraits, and wedding. When it came to choosing their home, Frogmore Cottage, was a very easy choice for the couple. Below, the couple leaving their engagement photocall at Kensington Palace.


The Duke and Duchess celebrate their one year anniversary on the 19th, and will mark the day as a family of three. Seeing the couple with their baby today, I'm reminded of a piece Meghan wrote for The Tig in 2016, where she vowed to "Leave room for magic".


She fulfilled that wish, and as she revealed today, life is magical.


Wishing the couple the very best with their darling little boy.

256 comments:

  1. He’s adorable! We just need to know the name now!

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  2. They both look understandably tired, but happy. And that baby is absolutely "to die for"! So happy for them. J'Ann

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  3. Oh my God! What a beautiful baby and it is IMPERTUBABLE and FASCINANT. It was so moving

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  4. Meghan looks beautiful and tired, which seems about right! I hope she gets to go home and relax soon! Beautiful family. They were also smart in coordinating their cream and gray outfits, which really stand out against the red carpet and make for stunning photos!

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  5. Oh my word, how incredibly precious! They are such a beautiful family. So very happy for all of them! Can't wait to hear his name!

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  6. Wow she looks as beautiful as I've ever seen her! Glowing and natural. They both look in love. ❤

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  7. What a cute little bundle. And such cute parents.
    I have to admit they surprised me, I love St George’s Hall and it makes a great background, but I did not expect them to go full on royal when introducing BabySussex. I was expecting something a lot less formal.

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    1. I forgot to add. Kudos to Meghan, like Kate, not trying to hide her post partum body.

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    2. Yes,kudos to her. She looks so beautiful. I remember I put on makeup after birth & looked like a clown with my puffy face. And brave wearing white. I'm sure they are making quick visits then back home to continue the feeding rest cycle. Praying for the best for them.

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    3. Well, it sounded like they were planning to do it outside but it's been pouring down all day, so this is their backup. I read it's St. George's Chapel. If so, I think it's lovely since it's where they married and where their son will most likely be christened :)

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    4. It is not St George’s chapel, but St George’s hall, where they hold the State Banquets if it is at Windsor.

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    5. Caroline in Montana8 May 2019 at 15:28

      great backround! love how harry is beaming:) im not a fan of her outfit, I know she is post partum but this was very unflattering to her, she had some really good maternity pieces that would have looked so much better on her, the buttons pulling different directions is really distracting, before anyone jumps on me, I just don't like her outfit, not saying anything horrible about her. so glad that she has had the baby and they are both doing great. cant wait to hear the name and see more of him!! exciting times:)

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  8. Allison in US8 May 2019 at 12:59

    What a beautiful (and calm) photograph! I KNEW Harry would be holding baby Sussex, although I thought he would be named today. Maybe he will. And Harry has a good grip on him! Meghan looks so beautiful and serene. I bet baby IS calm, with his past and current environment. :) Just so sweet. He looks like a beautiful baby.

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  9. What a cute Baby! Beautiful!
    Congratulations to Mom and Dad and warm welcome to this lovely Boy

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  10. So beautiful. He has her nose, I think, not the Windsor one. And looking so healthy and beautiful. He does look like an Alexander, I must say!

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  11. But I would love it if his name was Patrick.

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  12. Meghan and Harry are absolutely glowing, what a beautiful boy. I think in this video we can really see a different side to Meghan, she is oozing vulnerability here quite contrary to the confidence she usually exudes. I see why it was better to have limited press here rather than the mass photocall on the hospital steps and I like that we got a mini interview. But I love it, I feel like she's kept it real and reminds me of the weeks following the birth of my first almost a year ago. I think we'll hear a name later this afternoon after the meeting with the queen.

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    1. I've missed her so much. It's wonderful to see her today! I agree that she looked vulnerable. Maybe tiredness and those new mummy hormones raging. I'm glad she'll have Doria with her when Harry goes to The Hague tomorrow.

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    2. I couldn’t agree more. She seems very vulnerable and after a few minutes of the pictures you could tell she was done.

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    3. Allison in US8 May 2019 at 13:16

      Chrystal. I so agree with you about Meghan. She must be enjoying this time so much. And I was half expecting people to be shouting, asking for the name, and I realized how peaceful this is without crowds of strangers.

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    4. A lot of women find day 3 to be the worst, you are still full of hormones but the adrenaline of the birth has worked out and you probably haven’t slept well either. She has my sympathy.

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    5. I agree Chrystal, it's quite special to see this side of Meghan, quite vulnerable and totally overwhelmed, I think, with love for her new son and husband. I'm so happy for them!!

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  13. I’m thinking maybe Alexander for the name with Xander for short?! It seems kind of modern American while still being classic royal. I really have no idea, I could guess Cambridge kids but this one stumps me! He’s very cute and she looks phenomenal, loving the post partum bump real-ness!

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  14. Lovedtobeprincess8 May 2019 at 13:10

    Meghan looks so different, softer, mellow...I love it. And Harry...you can see how immensly proud he is even from his walk...this little boy really is their whole world now. And even if it’s formal environment it couldn’t feel less formal, still intimate. Well done and may they enjoy this time as much as possible with this little bundle of joy.

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    1. I agree. Meghan appears much softer than before. Love it too. Congrats to both!

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  15. What a gorgeous little baby. Meghan looks so beautiful and happy, but tired (to be expected!!). And Harry looks so happy too. I'm just so happy for them and their new addition.

    I look forward to finding out the name...hopefully later today after he meets the queen. Come on, Charlie (Dorian Charles).

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  16. I love the way they presented Baby Sussex, and the pictures with that background are also fantastic! I can hardly wait to see more pictures in the coming months. Meghan is glowing, looks absolutely fantastic!! Hope we find out the name soon!

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  17. The cutest. God bless, keep and protect this beautiful family.

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  18. Omg, Harry and Meghan are just 2 puddles of love and joy!!! They both seem to be a bit overwhelmed with feelings and that's just a joy to see!!

    How cute is this little guy, oh my goodness he's just a bundle of cuteness!!! I think he has Meghan's nose, which is adorable!! Now I can't wait to learn his name!

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  19. Oh be still my beating heart! What a lovely little angel! I'm sure that they just want to sit in the garden and stare at him for hours, that's how I felt when I had my boys. Congratulations Harry and Meghan, here's to discovering a whole new kind of love! :)

    With all the name-games going on, i would like to hedge my bet on Michael or Gabriel :)

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  20. Thank you so much to share this beautiful new !
    Lila

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  21. Hello beautiful baby 👋💓. You are so cute. Meghan is very radiant, so beautiful and Harry so happy and proud. Love Sussex.

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  22. The one time my insomnia pays off. Saw the pics at 5 am west coast. The irony is I know meghan would be meditating away from her phone in her pre-baby life at 5am.

    Very slideshow moment. Flashback to the white engagement coat and of course her collection of a zillion neutral trench dresses. Adorable fam. They are too sweet for words. And Meghan even seems a little shy or nervous. Glad to see that just like Kate (#teamboth) she didn’t try to hide her post partum figure in a a flowing tent dress. I think It’s good for young women and men to see celebrities demonstrating realistic and positive body images. Although I know most new moms don’t need to have full hair or makeup done. Or a new dad in a suit. I kind of wondered if they were going to go more casual. But they still brought the Windsor glam. Waiting on pins and needles for that name. I’m hoping for Spencer somewhere in there!

    Congats to the beautiful and sweet fam. Wonder if they will release the name after meeting with the Queen and Phillip? Or waiting for Charles to come back to town to meet him first?

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    1. I think that if they weren't going to meet the Queen after this shoot they would have been dressed a bit more casual.

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  23. Oh, my(!!!!) what a beautiful little boy. The Duke and Duchess look very happy but, as others have said, understandably tired. Such a romantic feel to see DAD holding his son. I am happy for them on this most special moment in their lives. Thank you, Charlotte.

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  24. He is absolutely perfect! How happy and in love they look! I think they’ve handled this whole process so incredibly well. I’m absolutely thrilled for them! Can’t wait to hear the name!

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  25. Oh my God!! Tears are in my eyes! This is truly a Magical Moment for me. History unfolding right before my very eyes.....To God Be The Glory.....Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!!!

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  26. Royal 👑 Watcher8 May 2019 at 13:35

    I’m so excited for this beautiful couple and their baby boy! Just lovely!

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  27. The little prince is really beautiful and exudes an imperial calm. He will make cry the Heart of many girls this little prince charming.

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  28. Nicole from france8 May 2019 at 13:50

    I just had the thought this little boy could have green eyes ! Mum has dark eyes and Dad blue eyes, perfect match , that was mine and I have green eyes .... would make a change form the Windsor family blue eyes ....

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  29. He's gorgeous! Such an exciting time! Can't wait to hear the baby's name!!!

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  30. Wow Meghan looks beautiful ... but tired. Beautiful pictures. Baby Sussex is of course adorable. Harry also looks simply radiant as a proud new dad.

    As for baby names anyone thought of Nicholas?

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  31. He is such a beautiful baby! He seems to have Meghan's skin tone, what if he has Harry's eyes? That would be an incredible combination! He will be an adorable child no matter what. And he has such loving parents, he's one lucky boy!

    I agree with some of the other posts, I could absolutely see them naming him Alexander. Perhaps Alexander Philip _______? Charles? We will have to see! Very much looking forward to it.

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  32. They are bursting with happiness and it looks like Harry might not ever put that baby down he’s so proud. I thought Meghan did well considering she’s new to all this. Wouldn’t it be lovely if Kate took the first photos of Baby Sussex 💙!

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    1. Oh, I LOVE that idea! Kate taking the first photos of her nephew! Or Meghan taking the pictures herself!

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  33. Aww! This melted my heart! Harry looks suitably chuffed & like a very proud father & husband. What a sweet little boy! All the best to them & I hope we hear a name soon x

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  34. Harry sure is bad with dates. How long ago was your son born Harry? Two and a half, three days? Lol
    All kidding aside, the look like happy new parents. Slightly shattered and tired, but happy.

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  35. Oh, he is just beautiful! To me he looks like Prince Harry here. What a beautiful happy family. Congrats to them!!

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  36. Zora from Prague8 May 2019 at 14:40

    Such a lovely family! It warms my heart to see them 😍... I'm sure the Queen is happy to see Harry so happy!
    I'm getting more and more curious about the name(s)... When might we expect them to be announced, does anyone have a clue? Charlotte, please, are there any indications it will be soon?

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  37. The new little family, just lovely. So happy for them. Re the name, please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it customary for the Queen to be the first to hear the name, or that the new baby's name is not announced until after the Queen has first seen the baby?

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    1. They would definitely first inform the family - including the Queen - on the name of the baby. But that can also be done over the phone. If I remember correctly Louis (or it could have been Charlotte) was almost two weeks old before the Queen saw them. But it would have been rude to announce the baby’s name to the world right before introducing him to HM.
      But with the exception of George - the direct heir - it is not like they need her permission first.

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    2. The royals present the newborn babies to the Queen and seek permission from the crown to authorize the name. These two procedural requirements do not have to occur in tandem.

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  38. I'm so happy for TRH DoS! Their baby is beautiful! He reminds me of Harry today. But, what do I know? I'm really horrible at noticing family resemblances. I wanted to add how I think Spencer would be lovely as one of his names.

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  39. I'm so happy for TRH DoS! Their baby is beautiful! He reminds me of Harry today. But, what do I know? I'm really horrible at noticing family resemblances. I wanted to add how I think Spencer would be lovely as one of his names.

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  40. An amazing calm and serenity is exuded as both Harry and Meghan speak of their joy. Personally, I did not have a clear picture of how the birth of Baby Sussex was going to unfold for royal followers only having previous royal births to compare it to. With that said, I must admit that I prefer the intimacy of how H&M choose to present their growing family to the world from Harry's personal announcement to their joint presentation of their son.

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    1. Becca H in Colorado8 May 2019 at 16:19

      I 100% agree. I was skeptical, at first, but the personable announcement from Harry followed by the intimate and relaxed photocall -- it was just perfect. It allowed them some privacy and room to breathe and honestly made the first photos that much more special.

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  41. Love that the British designer of the dress, Grace Wells Bonner, has a background that resonates with a meghan. She is mixed race with Jamaican father and British mom. And has worked in America at Parsons School of Design in NYC. Ties in with Meghan and Harry’s multicultural story, and now for their son as well. What a nice tie in to how they have brought their own progress to the monarchy.

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    1. Becca H in Colorado8 May 2019 at 16:18

      I thought the exact same thing, Anonymous. It's very Meghan to bring to the spotlight a woman who has a similar background to not only her, but her son, as well. Really thoughtful!

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  42. Anonymous in Colorado8 May 2019 at 15:32

    Gosh Meghan looks beautiful & suddenly like... a mother! Motherhood looks sweet on her. Well done, Duchess. I remember 2-3 days post partum, I was an utter mess. Milk coming in, sore, exhausted, emotional to the very core. I just wanted to hide from the world! Cheers to her for doing this with grace.

    And Baby Sussex is DARLING!!! That's coming from someone who honestly thinks not all newborns are so ;-)

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  43. Beautiful quote by Roald Dahl! Was it shared by Meghan during her social media days?
    I supposed Baby Sussex was born on Monday morning but you're saying he was born on Sunday?
    They're amazing!

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    1. I recall reading that particular quote on The Tig. In the past she would post several of her favorites. I thought very insightful into who she is as a person. Always thought provoking and kindly sentiment attached to them through the years.

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  44. Wonderful post, thank you! Just a couple of corrections: 1) Baby Sussex was born on Monday morning, not Sunday morning; and 2) the engagement photocall took place on the Kensington Palace grounds, not Windsor. I’m amazed you got the post up so quickly - as always, you’re terrific!

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  45. Congrats to the fam. Only one little note--the engagement photocall was at KP's gardens, but the engagement pictures were at Frogmore. =) Best wishes to them!

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  46. Dear Charlotte,
    in your update you write that "Baby Sussex was born on Sunday morning", but was he not born on Monday morning ? ;-)
    Thank you for all the news, the photos...
    The family looks very happy, sweet, generous and most of all,loving. I wish them all the best.
    Lila (France)

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    1. Thank you Lila, it's corrected now. The editing took a bit longer than expected :)

      And thanks for the messages on the engagement photocall, I've noted it was at KP.

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  47. So lovely to see the love between Harry and Meghan and their love and joy for their son. Meghan has a new mother glow. I think Harry is wearing a suit and tie because he and Meghan are presenting the little one to Granny and Grandpa.

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    1. Pam from Boston8 May 2019 at 16:21

      Well, technically Great-Granny and Great-Grandpa.

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    2. Pam from Boston8 May 2019 at 16:23

      He's adorable. Meghan seems nervous. Can't wait to hear his name!

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  48. Thank you Charlotte. Beautifully written as always. You said baby Sussex was born Sunday, I think you meant to write Monday.

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  49. I'd call that a trench dress, not a "tuxedo" dress. I'm quite fond of them myself. Beautiful tailoring by the designer.

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  50. Becca H in Colorado8 May 2019 at 16:35

    That Roald Dahl quote has always been one of my favorites.

    Their baby is really beautiful. That skin tone! He looks like Meghan's twin right now, with her coloring and nose. Babies do seem to change super frequently over the first months, so I'm sure it'll be hard to get a firm resemblance until later. I can't wait to hear the name. I agree with those who've guessed Alexander Philip. That just seems to fit!

    Meghan looks exhausted, but still really glowing (when is she not glowing lol!). She also looks really different, somehow. She seemed like she was about to cry when she said she has the "two best guys in the world." My guess is that she's feeling really hormonal, not to mention a myriad of emotions.

    I have to say, this birth "plan" turned out way better than I expected. This photocall was so peaceful and intimate -- much better than a frenzied one on the steps of the hospital. I actually liked this much better. It allowed for Harry and Meghan to cope with this massive new change on their own terms while simultaneously offering us much more intimate interviews as a result. I don't think anything could've replaced Harry's ecstatic interview just after the baby was born. That was priceless. They got some space and we reaped the benefits of it, I think, if that makes sense.

    And now, selfishly, I hope Meghan's maternity leave isn't *too* long, because I miss seeing her out and about at engagements!

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    1. Agree with all you said. The pace of the announcement/introduction has in itself been calming for us, the adoring masses. Yes, totally makes sense, we are reaping the benefits!

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    2. I agree, Becca H. Sometimes toeing an arbitrary line (the so called "Royal Tradition" of a hospital steps presentation was observed by only a few, but is more noticeable to us as William, Harry and the other direct heirs were presented in this manner) is not necessary. They made a perfectly regal presentation with plenty of history and gravitas while remaining true to their own preferences.

      There's been so much shade thrown over various things which this couple have done differently. However, they are a different couple. Different outlook. Different roles. Different choices. Different timelines. Thank heaven. Otherwise we might be viewing a parade of clones (which by contrast is how the Japanese imperial family often presents) Let's not have that for the BRF.

      However, I do hope that Meghan takes a full (and well-deserved) maternity leave. She hit the ground "boots on" ever since her engagement and proven to be admiral in her work ethic and commitment to the Royal Family. I'm sure she will continue to be involved in the Instagram postings and behind the scenes work, but I hope on a much scaled-back level. I can (and choose) to live without seeing her constantly. Otherwise I feed the frenzy which directly shortened the life of a beautiful and cherished grandmother who is not here to share this splendid day.

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  51. OMG! There is name already!!!

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  52. Archie! I think this one will grow on me :)

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    1. This name brought a chuckle - a few months back, little Prince George was approached by a woman & asked his name - his response was that they call him Archie - and now there is an Archie. I do like the name, tho

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  53. Oh the name is now officially announced on instagram with such a lovely foto!

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  54. Gorgeous photo of proud great-grandparents and grandma! Archie is a cute name. I definitely thought they would go non-traditional for a first name so I'm not surprised it wasn't the typical George/Alexander/Albert/Charles! Curious about the origins of Harrison - a family name somewhere?

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  55. Also, I wasn't expecting them to have anything similar with the Cambridge newborn introductions but the blanket being the same is a nice touch!

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  56. I love the name. I thought they may not choose a traditional one.

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  57. Pam from Boston8 May 2019 at 16:53

    LOVE the name!!!! My 22 year old daughter is freaking out. She's been saying for a few months now that she plans to name her son (if she ever has one) Archie. I knew they would surprise us, but Archie should have been on my radar because my daughter keeps talking about it. We even have a British man interning for my department right now by the name of Archie, and I've been telling him how much my daughter loves his name.

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  58. Becca H in Colorado8 May 2019 at 16:55

    Archie!! We were all so wrong LOL It wouldn't have been my go-to, but I think it's cute and will fit him well!

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  59. Oh my gosh, did they really name him Archie??? I love it! My all time favorite actor is Cary Grant whose real name was Archibald! Meghan looks s tunning, as always, and Harry too...and that baby, he's just so kissable and perfect!

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    1. He grew up as Archie in very humble circumstances in England. (Liverpool?) One of my favorites too, Victoria.

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  60. Louise from NZ8 May 2019 at 17:00

    Archie Harrison according to the royal family fb page! Cute name and gorgeous baby!

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  61. Adorable, wonderful photos but I am not a fan of the name Archie. I realize I am dating myself here but I associate the name with both the comic character and the bigoted Archie Bunker of the TV show of the same name (though am only in my 40s). How unfortunate. Hopefully, it will soon connote only a happy and healthy young boy who happens to be in the spotlight more often than his peers.

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    1. I immediately thought of Archie from the comics - it would be really funny if Baby Archie has red hair!

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    2. Pam from Boston8 May 2019 at 17:24

      The TV show with the character Archie Bunker was called "All in the Family." But you're right about the unfortunate connection.

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    3. Pam from Boston8 May 2019 at 17:36

      Although I do love the name, I actually had forgotten all about the connection with Archie Bunker until this comment reminded me of him. Hopefully this character from the past is a long enough time in the past that most people don't remember. And actually, upon further thought about it, I'm remembering that Archie Bunker turned out over the course of the series to be a sympathetic character who learned a lot over the years....that was the point of the show. The other characters were always calling him out when he was being bigoted and by the time the show ended after many years, he had really changed and began to accept and love people of different races and religions. So not an altogether bad person. WIth him as the central character in the show, it never would have been as popular or lasted as long as it did if he hadn't a likeable, albeit flawed, person.

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    4. Hopefully, the baby will not have red hair. I think we are all around the same age so have these negative connotations to the name.

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    5. Some other accomplished gentlemen named Archie:

      https://twitter.com/KateWilliamsme/status/1126153297763684353

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    6. I also thought of the "All in the Family" connection. The show has been off the air for years, but I just read that there's going to be a one night remake shown on tv later this month. And Penny, yes, there will be comments made about comic book Archie if baby Archie has red hair. I like Harrison, meaning Harry's son, but I wish they had chosen a different first name.

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    7. Becca H in Colorado8 May 2019 at 20:19

      I'm 29 and immediately thought of Archie Bunker, as well. Unfortunately, I don't think enough time has passed for people to forget that character.

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  62. Oh I have to say I am disappointed with the name...Loved some of the names that everyone had being suggesting...

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    1. Me too. All I can think of is a comic book character.

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    2. Rita in Florida8 May 2019 at 17:40

      I am a bit disappointed as well. I loved our "community" name suggestions! Why don't they listen to us - baahahaha!! I think mostly because I see Archie as a nickname rather than a proper name? Isn't it like naming your child Phil?

      I will say both Harry and Meghan look besotted with their newborn son as does HM!! And I adore that Doria. She is pure class. Happy for the Sussex family. Such an incredibly blessed and exciting time for them.

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  63. Becca H in Colorado8 May 2019 at 17:12

    What an iconic photo, the Queen, DoE, Doria!!

    So will Archie not even be Lord Archie like Louise is a Lady? I'm not surprised they decided against a title, but I thought for sure he'd at least be a Lord.

    Can anyone explain to me or share their thoughts on H&M's children not being working royals? Does anyone think this will be harder for them as they attempt to forge a career and a living since they'll have famous parents, but no title or built-in job? I'm just curious. Of course, they're children will probably never be lacking money/resources.

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    1. I think it makes sense. The monarchy will be streamlined under Charles, and Archie will go further back in the line of succession once the Cambridge children have children of their own. I think it will be similar to how Zara and Peter live privileged but relatively normal lives without titles or royal duties. I think Meghan and Harry want that for their children. Of course, things change, so who knows what surprises may happen in the future - once Charles is King, Archie will be eligible to use the title Prince.

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    2. No, I don't think so. The children of princess Anne, prince Andrew and prince Edward are also not working Royals. This doesn't mean that they live ordinary lives and do ordinary jobs.

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    3. To be fair, Prince Edward’s children are actually children. No one knows what they kind of jobs they might choose to do in the future.

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    4. I am of the conviction that the Sussex kids won’t ever be full time royals. So I fully expected H&M to avoid putting their kids in the position the York princesses are in. Being a HRH but not really have a royal in the firm.
      But I did not expect them to eschew titles completely. Their kids are never going to have a 100% normal life. Little Archie might not be Earl Dumbarton, but he will one day be Duke of Sussex. So he is always going to stand with a foot in two world.
      But it is not my kid or my life.

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    5. If i might add some fair critique - at least i think it seems fair to mention that point: I do not get the whole idea of raising the child not to be a working royal and out of the limelight but then - obviously - with all the benefits (education, health, all the monetary benefits) Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte also enjoy. Even more so, considering Prince Harry and Meghan will receive a monthly allowance, party sponsored by taxpayers. As Petra said, this probably also applies to all of the other, non-working grandchildren of the Queen. Still, it does not make it any fairer to the British citizens.

      I really love Meghan's work ethic and the causes she stands for, but this is something i cannot wrap my mind around. I am more than open to recieve any grains of thought from all of you :)

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    6. Petra, interestingly enough I have heard several interviews with Princess Anne's son-in-law. He point blank has stated that no one gives them a hand out/money etc. He said that they completely support themselves and are responsible for themselves.

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  64. Beautiful photo of HM, Duke and Meghan's Mom with baby. HM has great smile on her face. Harry looks like he is thinking please pinch me, is this real!

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  65. I just realized that Harrison must come from "son of Harry"!

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    1. It took me a few minutes to put that together too!

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    2. They also chose only 2 names instead of ghe customary 3. I love Harrison, "son of Harry," and that his name is uniquely their own. What an awesome legacy Harry has created.

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    3. Four names have always been customary but the Cambridges opted for the more informal three.

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    4. Zora from Prague8 May 2019 at 19:23

      Exactly, Jill! (I really like your moniker, btw ! 😉)

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  66. So sweet, they seem a bit bemused with the idea of being parents. I love the name, thoroughly modern, if they lived in LA they could call his name at school and have 4 other boys show up. I am so happy for them, not in the least because Archie’s birth gives us a little bright news in this difficult time.

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  67. Sweet baby and moving tenderness between them. I love the beautiful bond between the three of them! But..... I think the dress is a terrible choice with a terrible fit. She could have done so much better. And, please tell me Archie is short for Archibald? I am very careful to never crisitze name choices but I am not sure that I get this one.

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  68. Lovely! What an informative post! Thanks, Charlotte! The calmness is partially calmness but also must include exhaustion and trying to be quiet so baby doesn't wake up & cry during the photo shoot. First time parents are more careful about waking b any & they don't know his temperament yet. No one would want to take a chance on waking him in the 5 minute exposure to the world. Well done, Harry & Meghan. Your baby is beautiful! Now go get some rest:)

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  69. A peaceful photo call, a photo of Her Majesty and Prince Philip and Doria meeting Archie - how perfect has this birth been?? So gentle and lovely. :)

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  70. I absolutely love this very first gorgeous candid photo of Archie and his great grand-parents.

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  71. Sarah from NC8 May 2019 at 17:33

    I am wonderfully surprised they chose Harrison as his middle name. That is my son's name. My husband and I chose it to honor by maternal grandfather, as Harrison was his family's surname. (Thus it is my mother's maiden name too.) Harrison has grown in popularity in the US over the years. It actually means "son of Henry" or "son of Harry". And the name Archie means bold or brave. What a beautiful and fitting name they chose.

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  72. Perhaps some royal watchers will inform us about the name Archie. Is it a popular British name. In other words one that is heard frequently and if so is it a name associated with older people or one that is often heard among school age children. The name Harrison is extremely popular in the United States. It is a family name among middle age people but more often then not heard among children of school age.

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  73. Archie!!!! Oh my!

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  74. Susan In Florida8 May 2019 at 17:41

    Is Archie a family name on Meghan’s side ? He’s a cutie and they so happy. LOVE all these photos.

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  75. Just did some research and yes as another royal watcher suggested Harrison means "son of Harry". Additionally, I have discovered that Archie is of German origin meaning "truly brave". Question, will Archie then use the surname Mountbatten - Windsor rather then Sussex in school. The Royal family is so vey confusing concerning sir names. It is my understanding that George and siblings use Cambridge.

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    1. Becca H in Colorado8 May 2019 at 20:23

      I was under the impression that if the baby has a title, then they use that surname. Since M&H stated his surname is Mountbatten-Windsor, I think he'll be Archie Mountbatten-Windsor until he's old enough to inherit Harry's title of Duke of Sussex. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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    2. Those styled His/Her Royal Highness often use the territorial designation of their/their fathers' titles as a substitution of surnames (e.g. William 'Wales', George 'Cambridge', Eugenie 'York'). The surname of lesser styled individuals is Mountbatten-Windsor (e.g. Lady Louise).
      Master Archie is presumed to inherit his father's title only upon the Duke of Sussex's passing as customary in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

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    3. Legally the Cambridge children has no surname. They are just using Cambridge when they need to fill that box.
      Legally little Archie has a surname, Mountbatten-Windsor. That is what will appear on his birth certificate and his passport, so he can’t just use Sussex.
      I know it is very confusing.

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    4. What strikes me as the most odd is the fact everyone keeps emphasizing Harry and Meghan want their child to have an as normal a life as possible, hence the no titel thingi. But then choosing the surname Mountbatten-Windsor kind of defers that logic. I mean even non-royal fans know that Mountbatten-Windsor is defacto the British Royal Family. Yes it is the house name and choosing another surname for him, like Sussex, would have meant to step on some toes, but I argue that taking the Earl of Dumbarton title would have caused less stir (not necessarily now but also in later life as the British society is stil very much shaped by nobility) than this surname.
      Would love to hear your thoughts on this!

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    5. Caroline in Montana8 May 2019 at 22:12

      Becca, that all sounds right except for the end part. he only inherits the title of duke of Sussex and all of harrys other titles on harrys (hopefully not for a 100 years) death not when hes old enough, right?

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    6. Archie was never going to have a title in his own right (the title belongs to Harry) but, as the son of a duke, he could have been styled Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, Earl of Dumbarton by custom and courtesy. Not to do so is his parents' choice, just as Prince Edward chose for his children to be styled as the children of an earl, rather than use the princely to which they are entitled. Confusing? You bet!

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    7. He won't inherit Duke of Sussex until Harry dies

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    8. I believe you are correct, Becca. W&H had the title Prince William/Henry of Wales and went by Wales as a surname, just as Andrew's daughters will go by York until marriage. It is Prince George of Cambridge with Cambridge the surname. Not sure what happens when George's father becomes Duke of Corwall; however, it probably won't change as George will remain Prince George of Cambridge.

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    9. 2050 - William will become Duke of Cornwall and Prince of Wales at the same time, won’t he? The children of the current Prince of Wales went by Wales. Will William still be Duke of Cambridge when he becomes Duke of Cornwall, PoW? I don’t think George can be Prince George of Cambridge all his life. Eventually he’ll be Prince of Wales himself. I think this is confusing! Maybe it would be easier if the Cambridge kids just went with Mountbatten-Windsor at school too. Then no matter when the various transitions happen, they could just stay the same.

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    10. Prince Edward was able to style his son that way because Edward is the son of the monarch and Edward’s son is a grandson of the monarch, and as such was born royal and is an HRH Prince, but his family has him use a lesser title until he comes of age.

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    11. I don't think royal titles and styles work the same as lower aristocratic titles.Non-royal titles that carry several subsidiary stylings can be
      assumed by the sons. I don't believe multiple royal titles can be used by other than the specific royal. The son of a royal Duke is not an Earl. I am not sure where Edward's son's title came from. Viscount Severn? Was that one of Edward's ?
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  76. I love the Harrison as in 'Harry's son', and quite apt as they've chosen not to go for a title for little Archie. They've thrown us all with their choice ! Lovely photo of HM and the DoE, they can't hide their delight !

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  77. Zora from Prague8 May 2019 at 17:50

    I like it so much! Archie Harrison! :) Being a fan of George Harrison, I immediately thought of him. Only later did I realise the "son of Harry" meaning - how sweet and unique! Well done!!
    And the photos with HM&PP and Meghan's mom are just precious!!!
    😃😍😇

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  78. Such a cute name, it’s both traditional and trendy. The British media is not happy with how everything regarding the birth has been handled by the couple and their staff so expect a lot of negative press and leaked stories after the initial excitement. Sinead

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  79. Love the newest picture. The names - I hope but I doubt they‘ll grow on me.

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  80. I never in a million years would have guessed Archie as the name but I have to say that I love it!! And Harrison, son of Harry, is too perfect!!

    Welcome to the human race Archie Harrison, the world will be a better place for having you in it!!

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  81. gorgeous baby and they look so happy but i am not a fan at all of the name Archie Harrison I am also saddened the child wont be a prince with HRH.

    however i am so happy that the baby is here and healthy and meghan and harry looking so happy and in love so I wish them the best

    thanks Charlotte for your hard work

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  82. Just to make things harder for those who struggle to grasp British titles there are now 4 royals who are not using the highest available title to them.
    The Princess of Wales goes by Duchess of Cornwall.
    Lady Louise Windsor is entitled to be called HRH Princess Louise of Wessex,
    her brother James, Viscount Severn, is entitled to be called HRH Prince James of Wessex and now Archie, Earl Dumbarton, going by Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
    Confusing right?

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    1. I have a fun quote on that one RachelZA, from Downton Abbey.
      In a conversation between Tom Branson and the Dowager Countess Grantham, the latter said something like: "If I were to search for logic, I would not look for it among the English upper class." refering to the irregularities regarding how to adress different variants of nobility properly. Soo hilarious and quite true.

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    2. Caroline in Montana8 May 2019 at 22:17

      well, I think in the case of Camilla - she would never take on the princess of wales moniker after it was dianas (Diana was also the duchess of cornwall and never used it) and I agree with her! Kate can take that on and make it fresh when she inherits it.

      as for louise and james they are not I don't believe HRH's? didn't Edward and sophie elect to not have titles for their kids?

      little archie is for sure not a HRH. I think the thinking was they will never be working royals per say? archie could be a prince upon his grandfather asending the thrown but im not sure that's what harry and meghan want? correct me if im wrong on these?!!

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    3. Lady Louise an Lord James were granted the titles of HHR since when they were born they were grandchildren of the monarch in the paternal line. Prince Edward has opted not to have the children use their titles in their younger years, but they may choose to use them when they come of age.

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  83. PS gorgeous shot of the Queen, Doria, Prince Phillip and Prince Harry and the Duchess and baby!

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    1. NovemberNanny8 May 2019 at 22:43

      I was happy to see the picture with the Queen, Prince Phillip, and Doria.
      We don’t see Prince Phillip as much since he retired so was a treat to see him beaming on his newest great grandson!

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  84. Allison in US8 May 2019 at 18:26

    I had to think about Archie for a bit. It was a complete surprise, but it seems they like the same, so that's great. I don't usually like names that sound like a nickname because I think that hurts the child's professional chances, but no worry here! And Harrison = son of Harry is about as traditional as you can get, being thousands of years old. I adore Cary Grant but Archie of the comic strip comes to mind most; doesn't he have ginger hair. I'm sure that when Meghan says "Archie," it will sound like the most treasured name in the world. It sounds like Meghan really wanted to name the baby after Harry. :)

    The photo of the family is also a real treasure. It is SO special for PP to be part of it. And I always love seeing the Queen in "regular" clothes. Doria is so cute kinda tucked at the side but emphasizing the historicalness of the baby. Basically, having the eyes of five adults all focused on one cute little face at one time is just precious. Had a few tears here, I admit.

    Harry was SO lucky he waited, whether he wanted to or not, until he met Meghan!!

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  85. I am surprise that they went for such an old fashioned name - I had thought without a title they would have named the baby in a less traditional manner.

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    1. Caroline in Montana8 May 2019 at 22:18

      lol, how is archie traditional? :)

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    2. Especially Harrison sounds pretty untraditional to me. I have to admit I dislike that trend to give last names as first names. Harrison, Jackson, Miller or Madison for girls. Maybe because english isn't my first language.

      For Archie, I think they should have granted him the full name Archibald and call him Archie.
      I admit I'm a bit disappointed in that choice of name, although I know of course this is silly.

      But Archie looks like an absolute angel and this photo with the Queen, Prince Philipp and Doria is something to frame for sure.
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  86. Lovely pictures of the family. Such a beautiful baby boy. I wish him a long, healthy and happy life, dear, sweet Archie Harrison.

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  87. Love everything about all this! Just a thought, could Archie also be a nod to Meghan’s first name in almost anagram form (if you replace the l with i)?

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  88. Allison in US8 May 2019 at 18:53

    The name Archie was sounding familiar -- is that the name little George told a stranger that he is called a few months ago? Does that mean that M&H were in George's company enough for him to hear the name? Or is it George's favorite name so they used it for their baby? Either way is a very nice thought.

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    1. Indeed it was. I think it's likely that they have planned on naming him Archie for a while now, George picked up on it and then used it to refer to himself, as children do.

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  89. Nicole from france8 May 2019 at 18:58

    Archie ? Well ... if it must be ... let it be ! I have looked again at every photo, watched again both videos , those moments are so full of hapiness and harmony , the photocall lasted only 4 minutes but it seemed longer, it is definitely so nice of them to take some time for the public , and a good bargain with the press .
    And I am really happy of the photo showing the Queen and the Duke AND Doria ! I do not remember seeing a photo of’the Queen with any of her newborn grand grand children , however I might have missed it, not living in UK !
    Well, that was a great week beginning , I wish them,all the best , and, Charlotte , thank you for the beautifull quote .... so well adapted for those moments .....

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    1. Becca H in Colorado8 May 2019 at 20:28

      I don't think there were other photos with any of the other great-grandchildren before, at least not that were released to the public. It's a nice nod to the more modern way H&M do things. And I, too, loved seeing Doria included!!

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  90. Sweet family. Love the smile on Harry‘s face.
    The name Archie though is horrible!

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  91. Sweet moment in time. Wishing Master Archie good health and happiness throughout all his life. Best wishes to the family as they begin this new phase of their life together.

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  92. LOVE IT. Is it too early to be singing this song by Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me. They must be happy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAn3JdtSrnY

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  94. I really dislike the name Archie. Harrison isn’t bad, nothing meant by it it just isn’t my preference. To be honest, I dislike the name George and Louis(Louee) (if it was pronounced as Louis, I would like it). I do like Alexander but that wasn’t a first name Haha but It’s nice that they weren’t stuck with choosing such traditional names! :)

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  95. Who cares what they name their baby? Their son, their choice. What we think shouldn't and doesn't matter. I'm also failing to understand why people are upset Archie doesn't have a title. I'm sure Harry and Meghan were involved in the decision. Again, their choice.

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  96. I like the name because it means “genuine, bold and brave son of Harry”. I think the name fits perfectly. A wonderful post, Charlotte. Wonderful! Thank you.

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  97. Charlotte, do you you think all the criticism by the press about how the birth announcement was handled is fair? Or are royal reporters just used to things being a certain way and suffering from sour grapes? I don't understand the scorn directed at them. I feel like they've given us much more than other recent royal births.

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    1. There's endless negativity and there has been since the relationship was announced. I often wonder how history will record these years, both for the royal family and the British media. Harry and Meghan had a healthy baby boy and it's quite sad so many cannot be happy about that. As working royals, they deserve to be held to the same standard as the remainder of the family when it comes to their roles and performing duties. The daily criticism is just so personal and relentless. It's a shame their decision has been used to bash them further, and most of all a mother's choice. And using that choice to pit women against each other.

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    2. Totally agree with what you've stated Charlotte. I was really hoping - wishful thinking I know - that this joyful occasion would be met with just well wishes for Harry, Meghan and Archie and that the negative media and trolls would take a break and be silent for ONE day. It amazes me that people can invest so much time and energy into slandering this family. Thank for all your work on this blog and for the balanced reporting you do.

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    3. All the criticism is definitely not warranted, but it does seem like their was a number of technical glitches, especially on Monday, which meant that critical information did not reach the people it should have in time. Which didn’t help matters.
      I don’t think it was malicious, just not as smooth an operation as the palace and the media would have liked.

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    4. They seem unable to step outside of themselves to see how their words look to the general public. It’s not flattering - it just makes them look petty and unprofessional.

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    5. Caroline in Montana8 May 2019 at 22:21

      Im so glad I only come here to charlottes awesome blog for my royal news so I don't have to see the negativity! thanks charlotte!!

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    6. Charlotte that is a shame I love them and love their baby and yes I don't like the name and that it doesnt have a royal title but it is their choice it's ok to voice that opinion with a respectful tone I am so happy they had a healthy and happy baby and I love them both.I wish them only love and am glad to see them so happy surrounded by the love of their family

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  98. Folks, none of us needs to like the name. Remember Megan and Harry do. That is really all that matters.

    He is a wonderful little boy. All anyone should be writing about here and in any blog is how thrilled they are about this wonderful family who will break more and more misconceptions (including those of self declared royaliste). The name has a wonderful meaning. Charlotte already explained it. Most of us should be lucky to have such well thought-out names.

    Luv

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  99. Great post Charlotte! Among my favourites. It has been truly magical watching Harry and Meghan’s love story unfold and now with the addition of baby Archie they’ve created their own happy little family unit. As a mom of a biracial son, I wish them so much joy. Love is colourblind.

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  100. Thanks for the wonderful post, Charlotte! That black and white pic of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Doris and the Sussex trio is priceless!

    Welcome to the world, sweet Archie!

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  101. I don't care for the name at all, but the baby is sure cute! The name Spencer would have been a nice nod to Diana...but oh well, not my baby to name! :)

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  102. Just magical!! Archie really is "to die for"! Adorable!

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  103. I love his name!!! The meaning is precious.

    Beautiful photos, especially with Grandma Doria and the Great-grands:).

    I think they were more than generous in the way they shared their joy with the public. Hope they are truly happy.

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  104. So now that all the excitement has died down (a little bit) I am wondering if the Sussexes are going to do the (approx) 6 weeks photos that we saw with the Cambridge children.
    After they were keeping such tight control on privacy earlier in the week I thought it a definite no.
    But then they were so generous with pictures today, that I am tempted to change my mind.
    It would be interesting to see their decisions going forward.

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  105. I am pleased that they chose Mountbatten-Windsor. Prince Philip, though he was of noble lineage himself, was not able to pass his name on to his children. Later, if I recall correctly, the Queen created the hyphenated version to compromise on certain issues in his status over which he was not pleased. Like Meghan, the British establishment gave him a very bad time as he too was "foreign." At least, too foreign for the Brits of that time.

    If I am correct (jump in and let me know if I err), none of his children or grandchildren or other great-grandchildren use that name now. They use Wales, Cambridge, Sussex or Wessex which are derived from their titles.

    Perhaps PP might find it endearing to be honoured this way--albeit not without irony--considering some of the opinions he has expressed in the past.

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    1. You are incorrect - although members of the royal family with titles don’t use last names, Mountbatten-Windsor is the legal last name for a member of the family, if they need one (eg: I remember William put it down as his last name on court documents when he and Catherine sued a French newspaper). That’s why they announced it as Archie’s last name, because he doesn’t use a title. Calling him Archie Sussex would be incorrect.

      But for simplicity’s sake, as you said they tend to use names derived from their titles for things like school or the military, although these are not legal last names. William and Harry both went by Wales in the military before they had dukedoms.

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    2. Titles royal children can use their father’s territorial name (Wales, York, Cambridge) as their surname. If they are not royal HRH they use the name Mountballen-Windsor.

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  106. I am so happy for this family. I pray that God continues to bless them as they raise their son,
    Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Wishing them all the best...Always!!
    With Love,
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  107. Tammy from California8 May 2019 at 22:02

    Harry is a total NATURAL! Bouncing the baby like a pro! I thought he was smitten with his wife, but his smile and pride with his new baby boy signify a new smite! Here, here for Archie!

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    1. Yes, Harry is absolutely in love with this baby. It is beautiful to see the smile on his face. And the baby is a real cutie already!

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  108. Sarah in Wiltshire8 May 2019 at 22:04

    Thank you Charlotte for all your hard work this week, your posts have been wonderful as ever. How exciting that “Baby Sussex” is finally here and while I, like almost all others, would never have predicted his name I am sure it will suit him well.

    I was particularly moved by Prince Harry’s announcement on Monday and then the photo of the new little family with Doria, the Queen and Prince Philip today. Baby Archie has been born to a very loving family and I wish them all every happiness.

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  109. Such a happy time! Thank you Charlotte! Beautiful family! -op

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  110. I commented earlier but it was lost. Hope it is ok to comment without first reading all the other remarks.
    I did read the comment about the press being critical of the circumstances. All I have seen on television is nearly gushing praise and adoratiom, including how significant it was that Meghan made no attempt to hide her post birth figure. I don't as a rule read the tabloid articles. From what Charlotte posted, the royal reporters were also fair, at the least.
    Here's my thoughts:
    I don't care who the baby looks like. I think that question must have been pre-approved as it is so rude and inappropriate it would otherwise have been edited out.I think that question has been the elephant in the room and perhaps the Sussex felt it wise to address it head-on. He could be that rare ugly baby, as far as I care. That wee babe has put a smile on his Da's face.

    I think Archie is a splendid name. He won't need to face pummeling on the school grounds.
    I love that HM is attired more as a granny than a queen. It reminds me of the outfit she wore sitting amongst all her grands and greats. Both HM and Prince Phillip have nearly identical smiles, with both smiles reaching their eyes
    And Doria is there. (Best to keep my thoughts about C&C to myself.)

    Finally, does anyone know the title and provenance of the painting on the wall behind them? I have not read or seem any remarks about it. Perhaps I missed it.

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    1. Allison in US9 May 2019 at 00:05

      2050, I agree that the most special part is seeing the true happiness and interest of PP and HM. They truly love their children, grands, greats... I like to think they also envisage little Archie giving Harry some of the trouble that he gave them. :) Although they also are probably giving thanks that they can leave Harry in the good hands of Meghan and her mom. This is just such a beautiful photo -- having not seen PP for so long and then to see his obvious happiness, along with HM, who looks like she wishes she could scoop up Archie. It's like a Renaissance painting where all points are drawn to converge on the baby.

      They are right that babies change -- look how George and Charlotte have changed in a few years. Archie will probably like a little like Meghan and a little like Harry. By then, we may have a little girl to fawn over!

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  111. The picture of the four generations captures the most wonderful moment. The composition is so moving- I think the photo is already iconic. After learning the meaning of the names, I think it embodies the hopes and dreams of all parents for their newborn child. Face life with courage and grace, little one, son of Harry!

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  112. Any chance Meghan and Harry will release a better photo later in the week? One that show a bit more of Baby Archie's face?

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  113. They all look healthy and happy in all the photos. The name is lovely. A nice combination of formal and less formal and the meaning is wonderful. Love those blankets most of the Royal babies are wrapped up in and nice tradition. Love the photo of everyone with the Queen. What a beautiful photo it is. Congratulations to the family.

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  114. I love the name!! Archie is a popular boys name here in Australia, I know several little boys with the name and Harrison too so I think they have chosen names that are popular with young modern parents of these times. And my prediction of them declining a title is correct also, maybe I could work for you Charlotte 😉 Thank you for your posts I love your blogs they are much better than any news outlets!!

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  115. I love all of it! Meghan and Harry look so happy and excited! Baby Archie!

    I am not sure I could love any more the picture with the Queen! It’s adorable in and of itself but I also love that is it something special and unique. We have never been able to see the Queen meet one of the great grand babies so being able to get a quick peek is so special!

    At the risk of overanalyzing, I think it is also sending a very clear message of love and approval from the Queen regarding Meghan. Not sure I think that HM plans those games but still.

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  116. I love the Queens face in the pic , she is looks so genuinely happy to see the baby. I am a bit disappointed that the baby doesn’t have a title, I feel he is never going to have a regular, normal life and for the sake of the history of the royal family, he should have a title. The future working royal family will be very small and I think Charles’s plan may backfire. Who is going to continue all the work that all the different family members carry out? I am thinking of Anne , Duke of Gloucester, Kent , Sofie, Edward and Andrew. I think Beatrice and Eugenie are underused and would be great working royals if allowed. As Charles has only the two boys to continue the family duties, I had hoped Harry’s baby would be a prince. Sinead

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  117. What a lovely little family & sweet little baby! I bet they are glad the photo shoot is over & done with 😉. Archie is such an unexpected & great name. My grandson’s name is Archie & Royal 👑 Watcher he is a wonderful young boy & far from common!!

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  118. Well there they go again. Doing the unexpected. With Archie no less. Surprised us all, eh?! Wonder what the odds were for that (to win that bet you would have to be bold).

    As a I roll the string of names out, it’s growing on me though my first reaction was “whaaaaat?” Anyhow, it’s memorable and you aren’t going to run into too many Archies out there. And should there be a Baby Sussex girl, I’m rather partial to Josie.

    The photo of the RF and Doria brings it all home. Thanks Charlotte for the continuous coverage.

    -Martine

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