Meghan Markle and Prince Harry name royal baby boy Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – and he will NOT have a royal title

THE Queen beams with pride as she and Prince Philip are introduced to their new great-grandson for the first time.

Prince Harry and Meghan took baby Archie to meet Her Majesty, 93, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, at Windsor Castle.

The infant’s grandmother — Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, 62 — was also at the ­historic meeting. A royal source said: “It’s an incredible moment.

“With Doria also there it marks a historic new chapter for the Royal Family.”

Earlier, the Queen had braved the rain to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where she was pictured holding up eight fingers — the number of great-grandchildren she now has.

The meeting came after Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, announced the name of their first child as simply Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Their choice means the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have formally chosen not to use a title for their newborn.

As the first-born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton — one of Harry’s subsidiary titles.

Or he could have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

But instead he will simply be Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

A source said: “They have chosen not to use a courtesy title.”

Archie, short for Archibald, is a name of German origin and means “bold or brave”. Harrison is of English origin — and means “son of Harry”.

The hyphenated surname Mountbatten-Windsor is in keeping with a royal tradition established by the Queen to differentiate her direct descendants from the rest of the House of Windsor.

But the choice of Archie Harrison surprised royal watchers, with some hoping Harry would include Spencer as a nod to mum Princess Diana’s maiden name.

One person said on Twitter: “I wish one of the royal babies would be named ­Spencer.

"I’m not a fan of Archie, but I do like Harrison.”

WHAT'S IN THE NAME?

Archie means "genuine", "bold" and "brave", and is German in origin.

Short for Archibald, it is now given as a name in its own right.

Famous Archies include the actress Archie Panjabi, who starred in The Good Wife.

Archie Andrews is the main character in Archie comics in America and also the Netflix show Riverdale, while Archie Mitchell was a villain in the BBC soap EastEnders.

Harrison means "son of Harry" so is likely to be a tribute to the duke.

It is English in origin and famous Harrisons include the Star Wars actor Harrison Ford.

Archie was the 18th most popular name for boys in England and Wales in 2017, according to the latest available figures from the Office for National Statistics.

It has experienced a dramatic rise in popularity since 1996 when it was only in 192nd place.

Some 2,803 baby boys were named Archie in England and Wales in 2017.

In Scotland, Archie was the 17th most popular name for boys in 2018, according to the National Records of Scotland.

Another said: “I think Archie’s quite a cute name, though I was expecting a Spencer chucked in there somewhere.”

A third said: “Archie. Meh. I was hoping for a Spencer.”

Among the bookmakers’ tips had been Alexander, Arthur, Albert, James and Philip, while Spencer was a late favourite.

Archie was 100/1 — but the name is now in the top 20 of most popular for a boy.

Baby name expert SJ Ljungstrom, from ChannelMum.com, said: “Our most modern royal couple have chosen a fresh, fun and very modern name that both reflects their new family make-up, but also builds bridges across the world.

“Although both names are unusual in royal circles, Archie is rising high in the UK popularity charts and is currently ranked at No 18 while Harrison has also climbed swiftly to reach 34.

“Archie is a wonderful choice as it encapsulates pomp and tradition while having all the cheeky chappy qualities of Harry himself.

'World-class' birthing unit

The Duchess of Sussex may have planned a home birth but London's exclusive Portland Hospital was a savvy back-up option.

Meghan was following in the footsteps of pal Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell and Fergie, Duchess of York, in giving birth at the Regents Park unit, where a basic delivery costs upwards of £15,000.

Harry will have been pleased to hear that partners are able to stay overnight with breakfast ‘at no extra charge’ – though it sounds like the new parents dashed back to Frogmore House as soon as they could.

It’s not clear the Duchess would have been there long enough to enjoy it, but new mums are promised hotel-style treatment – with an en-suite bathroom, air con and high-quality meals all thrown into the pricey plan.

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