Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Finally Reveal the Real Meaning Behind Their Son Archie’s Name

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a lot going on at the moment. They just stepped back from royal duty, relocated to Los Angeles, are launching a new non-profit and are getting ready to celebrate their son Archie’s first birthday. Now, in honor of the latter two milestones, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to explain exactly what led them to choose their son’s name.

The morsel of intel into the duke and duchess’s name inspiration came as they announced their new charitable venture, Archewell. Sounds like “Archie,” right?

They explained to British paper The Telegraph, “Before SussexRoyal, came the idea of ‘Arche’—the Greek word meaning source of action. We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters.”

Following Archie’s May 6, 2019, birth, there was much speculation as to what his name might mean. Most assumed “Archie” was short for “Archibald,” which is the name of one of Princess Diana’s great ancestors from her Scottish side, Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll. Archibald is also an aristocratic Scottish name that’s been popular since the Middle Ages. The idea that Archie’s full name is “Archibald” has, of course, since been disproved by his birth certificate, which lists Archie as his full name. But, now we know exactly how the couple landed on his specific moniker.

Archewell is obviously inspired by Archie’s name as well. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex explained: “Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon.”

What’s in a name? In this case, a lot of meaning.

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