Meghan, Harry name Royal baby son Archie Harrison

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SANDRINGHAM (BRITAIN), Dec. 26, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Britain, on Dec. 25, 2017. (Xinhua/IANS)

Buckingham Palace says that the baby’s full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The palace made the announcement hours after the couple posed with the two-day-old for the media. He also met his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, for the first time.

He is the queen’s eighth great-grandchild and is seventh in line to the British throne.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Introducing him to the cameras, Meghan said: “He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm. He’s been the dream.”

As they laughed, Prince Harry said: “I don’t know who he gets that from.”

The announcement came after the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh met their eighth and newest great-grandchild for the first time at Windsor Castle, the BBC reported.

By deciding to call their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Harry and Meghan have chosen not to use a title for their first born.

As the first born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, but instead he will simply be Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Talking about their first few days as parents, Meghan said: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”

The duke added: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing.

“It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”

On which parent the baby resembled more, Harry said: “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks.

WINDSOR (BRITAIN), May 6, 2019 (Xinhua) — Britain’s Prince Harry speaks to the media at Windsor Castle, Britain, on May 6, 2019. Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex announced here on Monday. (Xinhua/Pool/IANS)

“We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.”

Later, asked to show more of their son’s face to the cameras, Meghan laughed as Harry joked: “He’s already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful.”

Meghan added: “Thank you everybody for all the well-wishes and kindness, it just means so much.”

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor slept through his first press conference, but royal experts say the merino wool wrap in which he snuggled said a lot about how his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will approach his future.

Meghan, a former TV star, is known for promoting social causes and niche brands with her clothing choices. Yet she and Harry introduced their son to the world Wednesday in a hand-finished shawl and cashmere cap made by G.H. Hurt & Son of Nottingham, whose intricate knitwear has swaddled royal babies for decades.

Wrapping Archie in a shawl knitted by the small, family-run English company suggests that Meghan and Harry aren’t as intent on shaking up the royal family as much as some people have forecast _ or feared.

“I read this as an attempt to reassure the public that they are not going to stray too far from tradition,” said Pauline Maclaran, co-author of “Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture.” ”There has been a lot of press recently taking a slightly negative tone about Meghan, and this is an opportunity to show that she’s not trying to change everything.“

Princess Diana wrapped Harry and his older brother, Prince William, in G.H. Hurt. William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, chose the firm for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The royals don’t advertise, but they do set trends with whatever they are wearing, seeing or doing. Whether it was Queen Victoria popularizing Christmas trees or Princess Diana’s fluffy collars, people have long tried to copy or emulate their style.

These days, the royal effect is turbocharged by social media. The internet offers fans the opportunity to examine royal fashions in minute detail, to look at the fine stitching on a baby blanket and identify it instantly. Websites such as whatkatewore.com and whatmeghanwore.net quickly identify designers of the outfits they are wearing and tell their stories.

Susan Kelley, the American founder of whatkatewore.com, said the public’s fascination with Meghan will likely trickle down to her son. And as a former actress, she has a great sensitivity to the messages sent by her sartorial selections.

“Meghan is somebody who wants to carve her own path, but she is respectful of the monarchy and traditions of it,” Kelley said. “The fact that Meghan is a feminist doesn’t mean she doesn’t honour tradition.”

Still, by selecting the Leaves And Flowers Baby Shawl with shell detailing (105 pounds, $137), Meghan chose one of G.H. Hurt’s less-traditional designs.

The company saw traffic on its website increase immediately after pictures of young Archie hit the news. In less than an hour, 266 visitors had looked at the shawl, up from five to 10 a day previously.

The firm, which has been in business since 1912, has a collection of vintage hand-frame knitting machines that date back hundreds of years and work alongside modern knitting technology.

“Babies at the best of times are wonderful news and they are wrapped up with so much emotion and goodwill,” said Richard Taylor, part of the family firm. “But from a business point of view … we get coverage right around the world.”

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