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6 Fun Things About Meghan and Harry’s Royal Baby (and His Name!!!)

6 Fun Things About Meghan and Harry's Royal Baby

On Monday morning, before the sun came up, I rolled over and squinted at my phone…

It was just after 5 a.m. but before 6, and there was no reason for me to be awake. Or to have my phone on my bedside table. But I had broken my digital detox of banishing my phone from my bedroom each night, for one very important reason: the imminent arrival of Baby Sussex. As a journalist and royal enthusiast, I had been waking up early on my own all week, anxious that I might miss the news.

Thankfully my sixth sense had stirred me just in time for the announcement from Buckingham Palace that the Duchess of Sussex was in labor. The long-awaited arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child was imminent. Squeal! My heart beating a tad faster, I tiptoed to the living room to not wake my children. Within an hour, news of the birth broke, first via an Instagram post and followed closely by an official release. Turns out, that little boy was already cozied up at home in his mother’s arms for hours before the world knew!

I’ll admit, royal births are among my favorite things. I have fond memories of waiting for Prince George’s arrival in 2013, sitting at my midtown Manhattan desk and staring at a live stream of London’s famed Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, followed in the footsteps of Princess Diana, publicly appearing after each delivery to a cheering crowd.

Each time, I cheered Kate on (literally — pretty sure I actually let out audible cheers). I was particularly struck after her first delivery, clad in a light blue Jenny Packham dress with her still-there bump very much on display. I hadn’t realized that’s what a post-birth body looked like and was immediately in awe that she had embraced it rather than try to hide it. I have to believe Kate knew that the world would take note, given how much scrutiny she had been under since joining the royal family, and how much it would mean.

And yet, in recent weeks, Meghan and Harry made it clear they would do things differently. Buckingham Palace even issued a statement outlining their intentions to celebrate privately first. When I heard the Sussex’s preferences, I thought to myself: good for them. Their son is now seventh in line to the throne — ahead of him are Prince Charles, followed by Prince William and his three children, then Harry at number six — so the chances of him becoming king are slim at best. Therefore, the pressures they face are far fewer, the freedom to do as please much greater. And they are exercising that, as they should!

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In celebration of the first pictures of the baby, here are 6 ways in which the Sussexes did this their own way:

1. Meghan’s pre-maternity leave. The last time we saw Meghan, in an official capacity, was on March 19, some seven weeks ago. She quietly retreated from the public eye without making an announcement and spent what I imagine to be this precious time nesting in her new home at Frogmore Cottage.

2. Caring not to share. Before the baby’s arrival, we didn’t know the sex, Meghan’s due date (although we learned when it had passed! She is said to have been about a week overdue), or whether she planned to give birth at home or in a hospital. It gave the run up to the birth a decidedly different feel from that of Kate’s three children. In those instances, the area outside the Lindo Wing was blocked off for a week around Kate’s due date, allowing the circus to unfold in a controlled manner. On Monday morning, Meghan reportedly gave birth to her son in a hospital, managing to slip off the grounds of Windsor Sunday afternoon and back without anyone noticing.

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3. Harry’s full-bodied reaction. Shortly after the news broke Monday morning, Harry trotted out in front of the stables on the grounds of Windsor Castle and gave the most adorable 90-second press conference you’ve ever seen. (It didn’t hurt that he stood in front of horses tbh!) My heart swelled at his comments, both what he said — “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension… this little thing is absolutely to die for” — but also how he said it. He radiated joy, his whole body reacting to the life-changing news: hands clasped, cheeks red, knees bending. The royals are perhaps not known for their public displays of emotion. This felt so real — and really charming. Also, it made Harry, the embodiment of a proud dad, the visual story of the day, gracing the covers of newspaper worldwide the next day. (For those royal history buffs, familiar with the rumored jealousy Charles felt over the love and attention Diana received, this was also a lovely way to give Harry a turn in the spotlight.)

4. Meghan hung back. Meanwhile, Meghan stayed hidden from view, a choice she surely made and one that was most deserved. The Sussexes have weathered a whirlwind year — getting married, announcing patronages, conducting an epic royal tour and a very public pregnancy. I have found myself exhausted just following along. In my head, she was cocooned up in Frogmore Cottage with her mom by her side, sipping a cup of tea with her feet up, getting to know her new son.

5. Pictures on their terms. When the couple emerged for photos Wednesday morning, it was Harry holding the baby. The proud new dad, clad in a gray suit, walked out cradling the newborn with Meghan by his side for a quick three-minute appearance. After all the speculation leading up to this moment, in the end it was quite quiet and low-key. There was plenty of beaming between the new parents, and a few quick answers to a few easy questions. In a lovely throwback, the photocall was held at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, where the couple had their wedding reception nearly a year ago. And Meghan, still very much a newlywed in my mind, wore white — a white trench dress, to be precise, reminding me of the white trench coat she wore for their engagement announcement pictures. “It’s magic,” she said with a smile. “It’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy.”

6. Name TBA. Much to my surprise, the Sussexes posed for photos without announcing the baby’s name. As for what the name will be? Spencer, Diana’s maiden name, shot to the top of the odds-list from a UK bookmaker, followed by more traditional monikers like Alexander, James and Arthur. My guess is that the Sussexes will choose something less expected but still classic for a first name. Perhaps Spencer could be a lovely middle name? As would Philip, after Harry’s grandfather. I’ll place my bets on Oliver Philip Spencer. Please share your guesses in the comments! UPDATE: IT’S ARCHIE!!!!!! Full name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

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From start to finish, the arrival of this baby felt, as much as possible, like what the Sussexes wanted. My sincere hope is that they can continue this approach throughout parenthood. Becoming a parent is an exercise in competing emotions. The joy of both my sons’ arrivals, for example, was dampened by the crippling toll of sleep deprivation. For every coo and first smile, there was a shoulder full of spit up or diaper blowout. The added pressure I felt, after years of dealing with infertility, only compounded the situation — I can’t imagine what it would feel like to do it with all the world watching.

My advice for the Sussexes? You do you. I’m Team New Moms (and Dads!) Get To Do Whatever They Want. Tune out the noise and keep following your own instincts. Only you know what is best for your family.

Queen Elizabeth Meeting Archie

The sweetest photo from their Instagram account.

Thank you, Elizabeth! What advice do you have for Meghan and Harry? And what do you think the name will be? Please share in the comments!

P.S. 15 things we’d want to tell a new mother.

  1. Kara says...

    Honestly, not to be negative, but I don’t feel like they went their own way with this at all. They literally just did a more formal, staged version of Diana or Kate coming out of the hospital. I understand wanting a couple of days, however (spoken from experience) you’re not much better 2 days post birth. If anything, you boobs are engorged with milk by then. I don’t understand why they did it at all, they could’ve just released some photos taken at home. I wish they hadn’t felt the same expectation since they are not the same as the Cambridges. I felt so bad for her, you can tell she was uncomfortable and did not want to do it.

  2. Sarah says...

    Oliver ? As in Cromwell? Who signed the death warrant for King Charles I?! It was never going to be Oliver!!!

  3. Sally says...

    Speaking as a Brit… We like Meghan! She seems very sweet, although we don’t really know her very well yet. I don’t think many of us have seen the work she did as an actress (I haven’t, and I don’t know anyone who has). And seeing Harry happy is wonderful! All of us remember that sad child walking behind his mothers coffin, and now, to see him bursting for joy, is just a reminder of how time, and the universe, can heal most wounds.

    Archie is quite a popular name here, and although it’s an unusual choice for a “royal baby”, it’s probably a good call, long term – as it’s a name that won’t stand out as unusual. Especially as, for Archie, he’ll probably get to live a reasonably normal life, where he won’t necessarily want, or appreciate, a name that screams “I’M ROYAL!!!” Good call H and M!

  4. Elizabeth says...

    Archie is not my favorite name. Meghan is not my favorite royal. But the comparison of Prince Harry’s joy over his little son to the sad young boy following his mother’s coffin filled me with happiness. After twenty-plus years of missing his mother he now has a child to shower with love. Let’s set aside names, baby bumps, media speculation and all the other trappings and wish Harry and Meghan well as they embark upon the great adventure of parenthood.

  5. Azuresong says...

    Archie is ranked 18th for boys in the UK. (It’s not in the top 1000 in the US.) Having a nickname as the given name is very British. In the US, we like full name as the given name.

    • Rosie says...

      But, it’s not a nickname? It’s an actual name. At least in the UK. What do you think it’s short for?

    • Adrienne says...

      It’s typically short for Archibald.

    • Anna says...

      I’ve heard it used as a diminutive of Arthur (which would have been a GREAT name choice btw).

    • Suffolkmum says...

      Here in the UK it’s popular to use what used to be short forms of names as the full name ie Archibald becomes Archie ( but nobody would give the full version these days!). It used to be a short form of Arthur.

  6. Keegan says...

    Loved this post! Thanks for continuing to bring thoughtful, lighthearted content to Cup of Jo in addition to all of the other wonderful, yet more serious posts. I have been reading for years and truly appreciate all of the consideration and effort that shines through on this blog. xo

  7. C. says...

    Cute baby, darling family.
    Side note: I saw a close-up photo of the delicate necklace Megan is wearing in this photo, and now I want one.

  8. Deb says...

    Just here to say how much I am loving how smitten H&M look with each other and with Archie. I’m not a baby person or a monarchist (which I’m mentioning because that means it’s rare for me to swoon at situations like this) but the love between them just… wonderful.

  9. So cute baby they’ve got!

    • Angie says...

      It’s very controversial that the name Mountbatten was added to their names because many of the Mountbattens were literal Nazis… this is sort of depicted in “The Crown” but you can read all about it. So prob not actually that cute.

  10. Kimberley says...

    Can we just talk about ‘Mountbatten’ as a cute tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh :) xx

    • Alice says...

      it’s the name male descendants without titles go with…I think

    • Jen says...

      Just a quick clarification, from the Royal Family’s website: “For the most part, members of the Royal Family who are entitled to the style and dignity of HRH [His/Her Royal Highness] Prince or Princess do not need a surname, but if at any time any of them do need a surname (such as upon marriage), that surname is Mountbatten-Windsor.”

  11. Nina says...

    Archie!!!!!

  12. I totally love royal things. These two will make great parents. Harry in particular will be a great dad. Congratulations to them and wishing lil Archie good health.

  13. A says...

    I’m going to come out and say it… I think they’re pretty terrible names. Surely Archie is a nickname not a standalone name (I feel the same when people name their kids Jonny, Danny etc – no, it’s JOHN and DANIEL!)? And who can hear Harrison without thinking of Harrison Ford? It’s an ok name in itself but too pop-cultural in the context of the royals, so for me it comes off as tacky. I know, I know – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all… I still think they’re a sweet couple and wish them well but their taste in names gets a thumbs down from me.

    • Madie says...

      Harrison because he’s Harry’s Son (duh) :) Also, it’s a pretty common name, at least here in California. I know of at least a handful of young Harrison’s.

      As for Archie being “a nickname, not a standalone name” – I’m of the opinion that you name your child the name you want them to have! And not feel beholden to a longer or more stodgy/formal name you may not even like. I named my son Hank (not Henry) because I love the name Hank (not Henry!)

    • Amanda says...

      Harrison literally means “son of Harry.” If you don’t like the names, then do not name your children Archie or Harrison. SPREAD THE PEACE AND LOVE

    • Anna says...

      I actually agree. They’re not names I like for a Royal. They lack gravitas. CoJ comments are always good humored but that doesn’t mean we have to engage in hagiography when asked to give an opinion on Royal baby names!

  14. Corinne says...

    Our cat is Archie but he doesn’t mind sharing.

    • Tiffanie says...

      Ours too!

  15. KM says...

    Harry’s press conferences was A-Dorable!!! so charming and sweet.

  16. rachel s says...

    a cream dress and heels days after giving birth?! im shook. cheers sister.

  17. Francesca says...

    My 13yo is Archie. I guess he’ll be one of many now!!!!

  18. Rebecca says...

    Yessssss so here for this!! Fab article, EHolmes, and THANK YOU cup of jo for featuring our beloved SMT maven! My favorite team-up ever!

    I just had a baby boy two weeks ago and was due right when meg was (my baby was a bit early), so it’s been amazing to follow along as we both experience our first pregnancies and new mom days. I’m so so happy for them both! The obvious genuine joy in all of these photos and interviews is so heart warming.

  19. Lucy says...

    Love you CoJ ladies but as an English person who lives in England, please let’s not engender inaccurate stereotypes with “The royals, and the British at large, are perhaps not known for their public displays of emotion” it’s really not true and stereotypes/generalisations of any kind are unhelpful even when well intentioned. xx

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes, great point! apologies for that — my whole family is british (i’m a dual citizen) and they are super physically affectionate in all ways. just changed. xo

    • Alice says...

      I too am an English person. My affection is deeply secretive, so secretive you may not even know you received it from me until years later and generally by post…

      And to be fair, there was a ‘perhaps’/

  20. Penny says...

    I just love Meghan- a strong woman, person of color navigating her new world that isn’t exactly friendly to those of us who fall into those aforementioned groups. And she seems to be handling it all with dignity and grace, on her own terms. So lovely to see her elegant mom there as well giving support. Wishing nothing but strength and love to Meghan and her baby!

    • Michelle says...

      I agree! I have never quite understood the fascination with royals (or celebrities) or why people feel entitled to like/dislike their personal choices, like, I don’t know, what to NAME THEIR OWN BABY. Seems no end to people’s entitlement, imo. But watching Meghan navigate all of this pressure with grace and meaning. Well, its a pleasure and inspiring. I give lots of kudos to Harry too. He obvious chose a smart and sensitive life partner that he genuinely cares for. And I suspect is an equal partner in these choices. Having him hold the baby was not an accident I think. The world would be better off if we could all learn to just praise what we like and ignore what we don’t. If I were a royal that’s the decree I’d sign.

  21. Jenn says...

    My 3 year old one time asked me for an additional bedtime story because the one I told was “too rough” to end the night on. I asked him what he meant and he said, “Mommy! That was about war.” Which was true – I ran out of stories and I was telling him about the American Revolution. My partner and I now have a rule too about not ending our bedtime chats with anything too serious. Last night we were talking about that recent UN biodiversity report and then about a podcast on the the WW 2 Fu-Go bombs (Crazy!). We ended the night talking about the birth of this baby. There are some comments about this news being frivolous, etc. Sometimes happy news can just be happy news.

    • Louise says...

      Bedtime stories in your house sound fantastic!

  22. Ah this post is so precious! I typically do not keep up with the royals but it is always so lovely to read about them! Archie is such a great name. Thanks for sharing, hope you are having a lovely day!!

    -Kate

  23. Heidi says...

    I’m currently pregnant and we were considering Archie as a nickname for Arthur (my top choice), if it’s a boy but now we might rethink that. We had also considered Erickson for a middle name because my husband is Eric.

    Congrats to the Duke & Duchess!

    • Hannah G says...

      I’ll add my two cents and say I love Erickson! Best of luck with your baby!

    • Tiffanie says...

      I Love the way Erickson sounds..:)

  24. Anon says...

    I am afraid this may come off as little snarky ..but but ..is it not at least a tinsy bit creepy to be so obsessed by someone else’s pregnancy and baby birth that you wake up early and anxious?! :O

    “You do you” all the way but not at the cost of your mental peace i guess
    Celebrity and royal followers amuse me !

    • L says...

      It’s literally her job!

      Not that other fans shouldn’t also wake up early for news like this if they choose to, but Elizabeth has particular reason to.

    • Hilda says...

      Agreed! I love following the Royal Family, but something about Elizabeth’s observations is always a little unsettling. There’s so much assumption, but at lease this post wasn’t overly critical, like some of her SMT pieces are.

    • Erica says...

      Hilda, agreed!!!

  25. Archie is my son’s name! He’s officially an Archer though. I keep joking that you have to expect your son to be a little mischievous with a name like Archie so good luck to them :)

    • Denise says...

      I’d expect any child of Harry’s to be a little mischievous! ;-)

  26. Amber says...

    Regarding “Before the baby’s arrival, we didn’t know the gender,” I LOVE this blog, but it’s disheartening to continue to see posts that reference gender before birth as opposed to sex or assigned sex. In a trans-aware world (not to mention agender, non-binary, etc.), it’s kinder, more inclusive, and more responsible to discuss unborn babies in terms of sex and not gender. For a resource, try starting here: http://mykidisgay.com/whats-wrong-with-gender-reveal-parties/

    Also, huge congrats to Meghan, Harry, and little Archie! What a cutie!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes!! apologies, we actually did know this, and agree with it deeply — it was an editing error. i will fix right away. THANK YOU for the catch!!

    • Cheryl says...

      This is a great article. I’m thinking the gender reveal party should be when the child turns 16. Then they would have a better idea of their gender.

  27. Isabelle Gallant says...

    I was really happy to see they went their own way too. And I’m so impressed that Meghan wore such high heels (!!!) just over 24 hours after giving birth! I would have been tottering. (btw if you want to get technical Meghan’s last name is no longer Markle. But lots of people, even journalists, don’t seem to realize!)

    • Rosie says...

      Oh, I think they do realize. It’s a conscious decision to let Meghan keep her pre-royal identity. People are still calling the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, and I love it.

  28. I couldn’t have less interest in this if I tried.

    • Lin says...

      I feel the same about Game of Thrones updates and the Met Gala, but stories like these are a fun break in a regular day, for me anyway

    • Lamah says...

      Yet you commented.

    • Anu says...

      So just move along! Do you feel the need to comment like this on every article that doesn’t interest you?

    • Kiana says...

      Same

    • Becky says...

      Daannngg Pamela. But you’re here, so welcome!

    • S says...

      Clearly you could.

    • Erica says...

      These clapbacks! The COJ audience
      Is fierce— in a good way!

  29. Nina says...

    I’m a names buff. My guess was Alexander. I’m very curious about a) the short form Archie (I guess to avoid the old-fashioned Archibald – still, Archie sounds like a nickname) and b) Harrison?? Maybe we’ll find out one day.

    • Courtney says...

      Harrison because he’s Harry’s son!

    • Lindsay says...

      I wanted to name my son Harrison so bad, and call him Harry! Also I love George Harrison AND Harrison Ford lol.

  30. Jess says...

    Beyond having an acknowledged racialized member of the royal family for the first time, this is not important. A privileged, wealthy couple had a privileged, wealthy baby. A short piece about the history of non-white members of the royal family (Queen Charlotte is now widely believed to have been black and Prince William’s 5x great grandmother was an Indian woman) would have been great.

    • Joaquina says...

      My thoughts exactly. There’s also way too much speculation on what Meghan is wearing, how she looks.
      I came to this site today hoping for a reprieve but alas…

    • EL says...

      Nothing wrong with having a bit of fun news to releave the negativity in the world! Skip the article if you aren’t interested.

    • Jess says...

      I have also felt a delightful amount of wake-up-too-early joy about this baby’s arrival. After checking bbc news, it was over to you on insta, e Holmes, to see if you had the scoop first! I suppose I too am obsessed with Archie, to the degree that much of the world is united in being excited about the birth of a baby this week; the kind of ordinary, breathtaking, ho-hum, world-stopping miracle we so often overlook. Let us not, in our wokeness, begrudge ourselves or others a cause for celebration.

    • Rosie says...

      A privileged wealthy baby who will have every opportunity to have enormous influence in his lifetime! This newborn will one day have the ability to give to charity, use his position to further important causes, and will likely serve in the military just as his father did. He is in a far better place to improve the world than a middle-class accountant.

    • J says...

      Why comment on an article just to say it’s not important? You just mean that it’s not important to you. What’s the harm in other people reading about this topic and enjoying it? I think there are more important things to do than watch than sports, but I don’t go to sports bars and tell everyone to watch PBS instead.

      I personally enjoy reading about the royals, and I especially love Elizabeth’s commentary. To each their own!

    • Cait says...

      Well, thanks for decreeing to the rest of us what is and isn’t important, though I don’t recall voting for you for that role. Do you also make this comment on the articles titled “four fun things?”

    • Neha says...

      “A short piece about the history of non-white members of the royal family (Queen Charlotte is now widely believed to have been black and Prince William’s 5x great grandmother was an Indian woman) would have been great.”

      I would love to read about that, Jess!! Do you read/listen to Mary Robinette Kowal? (I HEART her!!) She is such a wonderful champion of reflecting diversity of our real world in our pop-culture. Her books (Jane Austin with magic and subtle, authentic diversity) are super-fun and so is her podcast – Writing Excuses!!!

      Anyho, Jess, I hope I do get to read that article sometimes! xo

    • Megan says...

      Jess – “Let us not, in our wokeness, begrudge ourselves or others a cause for celebration.“ YES!!! We can be woke and still celebrate the incredible joy new life brings.

  31. Kim says...

    I love these photos, and Harry’s joyful press conference was just the best. I am so glad they are doing things on their own terms, and wish them all the happiness they deserve!

  32. Adore photos from the back, and the last photo in this sweet series is why. It is so very dear. Am also massively impressed her wedding rings still fit! I don’t think I could put mine back on until 4 weeks after giving birth. Lovely, lovely article, Elizabeth. Thank you too to cupofjo.com

  33. Wendela says...

    Wow—Archie? Not archibald or whatever the full version is? Are royals allowed to have “nicknames” as their proper/official first name? That’s interesting. This was a sweet post. I’m very happy for them—they seem like lovely people and it can’t be easy living such a public life.

    • Brittany says...

      Well, isn’t Harry a bit of a nickname too? :)

    • Moi says...

      Harry is a nickname because his real name is Prince Henry!

    • Jeanne says...

      Archie is definitely unusual. Kinda fun to be discussing amidst all the other awful news out there. There is precedent for some more unusual, less royal-sounding names. The Queen has a granddaughter named Zara (by Princess Anne). And she has great grandchildren named Savannah, Isla, Mia and Lena which are definitely less formal. I think if you’re far down the birth order, you get way more freedom.

    • Victoria says...

      My son is Archie. He is named after his great-great-grandfather, great-grandfather, great uncle and second cousin who are all Angus Archie, not Angus Archibald. For my son, it is just his name not a nickname :).

  34. Abby says...

    Wow ! She looks so beautiful ! Though I was hoping they would take a photo or two at home something natural and relatable. This was basically what Kate and Will did but even more formal with a palace setting. It came across as staged and formal. Their choice though! Either way they look so proud and happy, which is the most important.

    • Alara says...

      It’s raining in Windsor when these were taken, so I’m betting that they’d planned for something less formal, but were forced inside.

    • Maja says...

      I am truly baffled why every acknowledgement of Meghan and Harry has to throw shade on William and Kate. I don’t like the author’s perspective and her ambition to brand “so many thoughts” into something big as I think she is disrespectful of the monarchy. It’s also a problem because despite praising M&H for being innovative and a breath of fresh air, they are actually ridiculosly formal and leave very little room for interpretation. I think Meghan tries hard, just isn’t what most are used to.

      As for the beautiful little boy, he is prescious and I hope they protect him from lime light. It’s strange that they would name him Archie (even though I really like the name) when there was an article in Bustle that this was Prince George’s nickname.

      Regardless, I think we should all let them be…which is why I hope the “so many thoughts” retire because they are, imo, a bit too much and a total unfound speculation

    • Alexia says...

      Maja—I love SMT. If you don’t, just don’t read it.

    • Maria says...

      By chosing a formal setting they are protecting their privacy which I respect them for.

  35. Sandra Reynolds says...

    Love your thoughts in this article! First name – Alexander – but baby will go by Zander. 👶🏻

  36. Ellie says...

    Any thoughts on why Archie?? I’m just curious as to where that came from.

    • CL says...

      According to the Daily Mail, Archie is a version of Archibald which means bold or brave. Harrison means “son of Harry”. Baby Archie also wasn’t given a title which I don’t know is customary or not.

    • Jeanne says...

      CL: it’s the choice of the parents whether to give royal titles to their children. I believe Harry and Meghan stated they would not. I read somewhere that the Queen is encouraging the minimizing of Prince/Princess titles to only those directly in line to be crowned. I guess in the past, there were just too many of them.

  37. synapse says...

    So… they chose Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. To each their own, of course, and it may have an extra (personal) meaning but I, for one, was expecting something more… regal and less american. But hey, it’s a royal (and cute) baby! :)

  38. Paula says...

    It’s ARCHIE!!!Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

  39. Libbynan says...

    I’m voting for Philip Albert Spencer because my great-grandson’s name is Philip Albert and he would love that.

  40. Sasha says...

    Name just announced- Archie!

  41. AN says...

    It’s Archie Harrison, SO sweet and no royal connection, so doing it their way indeed!

  42. CL says...

    It just broke!!! ARCHIE!!! LOVE IT!

  43. Hannah says...

    I loved seeing the beaming parents! I hope that they get a happy and healthy start to their new life as a family of three.

    I’m loving Spencer as a middle name! I do hope that they include an American name in there, too. A quick google shows that his maternal grandfather was named Alvin, that would be a fun middle name!

    I’m also curious to see if they use a last name. I am not sure about the rules, but I think they can use Mountbatten-Windsor, Sussex, and a few other options. Wouldn’t it be so awesome if they used a hyphenate like Markle-Windsor?

    On a different note: It’s amazing how much every detail is so loaded with history and meaning. When the reporter asked them “Who does the baby look like?”, it may have felt like an easy question to answer. But in the light of all the horrible racist press coverage there’s been about Meghan, it takes on a whole new meaning…. I hope that Baby Sussex will grow in a better world and know that there are good people in this world rooting for him and his family.

    • Hannah says...

      Oops, typo. Meghan’s maternal grandfather, not his….

    • A says...

      I agree. I thought the question “who does he look like?” was in poor (racist?) taste, to say the least. Harry kept it light by adding that the baby already has a beard.

  44. Jessica says...

    Great post, EHolmes! Of all their fashion and patronages, I think Kate’s single biggest impact in the world may very well turn out to be her decision(s) to show what a postpartum body can look like, which I am glad Meghan followed in that respect. These women could have worn anything in these situations, but showed they are real people with real bodies and just did REAL work of growing babies and then delivering them! Total game-changer for at least a generation of at least women, if not an even broader impact. Love the photos of these two, and Harry’s conference on Monday with the horses was beyond joyful and lovely.

    • Rosie says...

      Of all of the great work that woman does you think her greatest influence is showing how her body looks after having a baby. Everyone finds that out when someone close to them has a child. Diminishing all the charity work that family does is frankly just plain rude.

    • Becky says...

      Rosie, I hear what you are saying but to be honest, I dont ever recall seeing a public figure show their post delivery bump like Kate did. I could be wrong and if I am someone will pipe in. That was and still remains a step in the right direction. I dont think many people have followed. And I am so very glad to see that it has continued in their family. It’s more relatable. Yes they do beautiful charity work but that’s also their job and to be expected. It should also be expected to be real about our bodies but let’s get real here. No one is scrutinized like celebrities and royals. They have feelings too and sometimes it is easier to make everything look perfect.

    • Zoe says...

      Hey Rosie… fwiw I think it was a turn of phrase. Like a hyperbole and perhaps not intended to be taken exactly – scientifically – literally – but instead to give special merit to Kate’s choice at that time, which, was unique and relevant. I don’t know the commenter but I’m quite sure there was no mal intent and kinda wish you gave her the benefit of the doubt too.

    • Melissa says...

      I’m just hear to say: Class act, Zoe and Becky. Brilliant responses that address the issue, treat complete strangers respectfully and successfully defuse a situation. I’m reading and learning and as always, here for the comments section as much as for the posts.

    • Lauren says...

      I think I’d agree with you Jessica, even if it seems strange to say! When small George was born I heard so many people mention how Kate looked: a lot of them young men who innocently asked what was wrong with her or why did she still look pregnant, etc. A lot of people learned something that day! It wasn’t part of protocol for her to show her body but she did anyway, and now Megan has too. Wouldn’t it be great for more public women to do the same! Somehow the pretty dresses and even the heels, however silly, make it even more effective: like, postpartum bodies don’t have to be covered in sweats until they look ‘good enough’ for nice clothes. It’s all very touching and pro-woman XD

  45. Oh mi how do they pose for photos like this after giving birth! I remember just being an absolute mess. This in itself is a talent!

    • Rachel says...

      And the heels!!! That’s what I can’t believe!!! But I suppose they’re used to it….

    • Sara B says...

      Hey we had a baby two months ago and named him Harrison :) It’s appropriate, seeing as how it means son of Harry!

  46. Jenessa says...

    Love love love love every bit of this. Stunning new mama and proud dad doing their own damn thing.

  47. Tracy says...

    Great post Elizabeth!!! What a charming couple/family, and yes, parenthood is hard and exhausting and beautiful. This year for them….hardly can be described. I sincerely wish them all of God’s grace to do this thing.

  48. KaraMichelle says...

    Frederick Phillip Spencer

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      freddy! would be so cute :)

    • Des says...

      SO relieved they didn’t go with Frederick because that’s my choice for my baby (if it’s a boy) due in October. I work somewhere very (VERY) closely related to them and I know I would have been plagued with “So like Harry and Meghan?” comments forever!

    • Katherine says...

      Yes, this would have been so charming! But I’ve read that Archie is a popular British name, and Harrison sounds more American (and means son of Harry!) so maybe that’s what they were going for 🤷🏻‍♀️

  49. sarah says...

    I still have hope the name will be Grey Arthur

  50. jeannie says...

    I loved this post! The couple looks so happy and Harry’s announcement was heartfelt and adorable. He was beaming with pride and joy. I expect they will have all kinds of help and nannies to bring the baby in at night if Meghan is breastfeeding. I wish every mom could have that kind of support. Lack of sleep is brutal. I wonder if they will give the new baby at least one uniquely American name (although I don’t know what that would be) or a Merkle family name.

  51. Toni says...

    I LOVED this piece!! And those photos. So perfect. Even down to her tousled hair. She is human like the rest of us.

  52. Such a beautiful write up and I agree with every sentiment! This was refreshing and real! My fave couple! Meghan looks amazing after using her superpower! Praying for much rest and bonding!

  53. J. says...

    So agree about the baby bump. Was an amazing moment when Kate showed that for the first time! I also believe everything they do publicly, they do pretty much on purpose and that there was an intended message.

    I think — James Philip Spencer or Albert Philip Spencer.

  54. Sarah says...

    Philip Charles Spencer! Philip is my husband’s name and Charles is my son’s name so 100% projecting here- buy ya never know! And Spencer for Diana of course!

  55. Samantha says...

    Alexander Phillip Spencer

    Leopold Phillip Spencer – nickname leo

  56. M says...

    Giving advise, I learned from my own daughter who had a baby in December, that it wasn’t welcomed or appreciated because they had decided to follow guidelines written in books. Which to each his/her own. But the only advise I would ever offer up is – do not be discouraged and feel you are alone in how your newborn is the first year of his/her life in terms of fussiness, crying, throwing up and diaper blow outs. Stay calm and nap when the baby naps. Stay hydrated and don’t forget to eat.

    • Cindy says...

      Yes to all of this!
      You’re not alone.
      Stay calm.
      Nap when the baby naps.
      Stay hydrated.
      Don’t forget to eat.

      I’ll add one more: go outside every day, even (especially!) when the weather isn’t perfect.

      Congrats to the new family!

  57. Megan Lec says...

    That last photo though, tears! If my baby fever wasn’t already off the charts, it certainly is now.

  58. K says...

    I couldn’t imagine wearing a white dress in front of hundreds of cameras just days after giving birth. She’s a brave woman!

    • Katie says...

      Could not agree more!

    • Anna says...

      Yeah and she looks sooo good!

    • Rosie says...

      Right? All I could think was that is a Duchess wearing an adult diaper just like I did! Love it.

  59. Alexandra says...

    Oooh, I had not thought of Spencer, but I love that sweet tribute to Diana! I’ll place my best on James Philip Spencer!

  60. SB says...

    That last picture of them walking side by side. Just – *sob*. I love the name Spencer for a boy but I’m thinking Alexander for the queen (Alexandra is one of her names) or Albert, a name that appears on both sides of Harry’s family. Of course there should be at least one honoring Meghan’s wishes, though! Looking forward to the name, it’s always interesting to see what parents give to their kids.

  61. Jessica says...

    Theodore Spencer Phillip

    i LOVE them.

  62. lisa says...

    i love the name arthur, nicknamed arty!

    • Paula says...

      you got it!

  63. Allison says...

    Great article! I’m guessing Albert George Spencer – aka Bertie! (George maybe a last minute middle name – as he now shares a birthday with Clooney!?)

  64. Anna says...

    They look so happy. Meghan is great! Pre maternity leave is a thing in a lot of places. I’m Australian living in the US and I was stunned when I learned that most women here worked until very close to birth. It’s understandable as there is so little, if any, paid leave. But in Aus, where there is much more generous leave and different cultural norms, I don’t know any women who worked beyond about 37 weeks. Apparently they’re not releasing the name until they’ve told the Queen in person.

    • Jane says...

      Agreed re: pre-May leave! In the UK, it’s very normal for women to work up to 36 weeks and then take a month (or at least the last couple of weeks) off before the baby comes- with then 9 months after. Always surprises me that US mums have so little leave, at such an exhausting, amazing time.