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What's in a name?

Whats in a name?

Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor or 'Baby Sussex', newborn son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, has taken birth in a United Kingdom which is facing its greatest challenge since World War II. Though he is not born as a prince, as his father Prince Harry was, his birth already symbolises the modernisation of Britain's royal family and of a more open and tolerant society. People have always wanted a glimpse into the inner workings of the royal family and it was no different in the case Markle and Harry's son. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the baby — where would the delivery take place, what would be the name of the newborn, why would it be a private delivery and even what astrological sign the baby would have. While Meghan worked very hard to keep details of the pregnancy and delivery private, the inquisitiveness surrounding the entire episode could not be suppressed. When the couple revealed (on Instagram) that their son is to be known as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the hint was quite strong in the future the couple had planned for their son. "The fact that they have chosen not to use a title suggests they want this baby to have a relatively ordinary life," says royal historian Professor Kate Williams. "When Archie is older he will likely have to go out and get 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 the royals overseas." There are reports that the decision to not give Archie a title is also because his father wants to shield him from the unavoidable spotlight that the Royals are always subjected to. However, despite his lack of title and the fact that there is very little chance he will ever be king, there's no denying the cultural importance of Sussex's firstborn. He is the Queen's first biracial grandchild, and this particular fact holds immense historical importance as it impacts a multi-cultural bridge. Archie, traditionally a shortened version of Archibald, means 'true and bold.' There seems to be no other Archie in the British Royal lineup and hence, the choice of this name is pretty unique. It could also be a tribute to Prince Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, as one of her ancestors was named Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, from Scotland. As for the middle name — Harrison — it would mean "son of Harry." The baby undoubtedly represents a change for the oldest of houses and symbolises the "undertones of racism in how the Harry-Meghan romance is depicted", the English-American bonding and also a welcome break from the tedious Brexit mess.

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