What’s in a name? Well, in the case of Meghan and Harry, quite a lot. When the couple (on Instagram, of course) revealed that their son is known as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, it was another step in the direction of the modern royal couple.
While this little boy, the new seventh in line with the throne and heir of the Duchy of Sussex, is an extraordinary birthplace, his parents want him to grow up with a normal childhood and the freedom to be a private citizen. Their decision that Archie should simply be known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor strongly points to the future of their son’s pairing plan.
“The fact that they have chosen not to use a title suggests that they want this baby to lead a relatively normal life,” says historian Professor Kate Williams. “If Archie is older, he will probably have to go outside to find a job. He will be a minor royal and will have to be prepared for a life of work. If the Commonwealth becomes a smaller entity, there will be less work for it the royals are abroad. ‘
Sources close to Harry also believe that the decision not to give Archie a title is because he wants to protect his son from the spotlight. Because he grew up in the media and had many of his disadvantages, Harry understandably wanted to protect his family. It is, sources say, one of the reasons why he and Meghan moved to the shrine that Windsor moved.
Despite his lack of title and the fact that there is very little chance that he will ever be king, there is no denial of the cultural importance of the firstborn of Sussex. “He is the first biracial grandchild of the Queen,” notes Professor Williams. “This is a historically important baby. It influences a multicultural bridge.”