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First pictures of royal baby Archie (and why he has a different last name from Prince Harry)

A new royal baby is here! Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have named their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Here's why.
 

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Britain welcomed a new royal baby on Monday (May 6) in the early hours of the morning.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle made their first public appearance as parents on Wednesday, and revealed their newborn son before a small group of media at Windsor Castle – the very place where they held their wedding under a year ago.

When asked on how she was feeling as a new mother, Meghan said: “It’s magic – it’s pretty amazing and I have the two best guys in the world so I am really happy.”

She also shared that Archie, who is the seventh-in-line to the British throne, had the sweetest temperament and was sleeping well.

“It’s great, parenting is amazing,” Harry said. "It's only been 2½ days, three days, but we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy, to be able to spend some precious time with him as he slowly starts to grow up."

On Wednesday, the couple paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth II, 93, who was captured smiling at her eighth great-grandchild. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, were present as well. 

A photo of the visit was shared on Instagram, along with the official announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

As the first-born son of Prince Harry, Archie should receive the title of Earl of Dumbarton, one of his father’s subsidiary title.

Seeing that his name was announced without an affixed title however, it appears that the Duke and Duchess wish for their son to have a more normal and private life.

Marlene Koenig, an author and expert on British and European royalty, told TIME: “Harry and Meghan have been very keen to promote this idea that they want absolute privacy for their child.”

So instead of carrying an Earldom, and with Sussex as his last name, Archie would have a normal last name.

This differs from other young royals like Prince George, whose last name is Cambridge, the assigned dukedom of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

While the royal family was known as Windsor when Queen Elizabeth II was born; she decreed in 1960 that Mountbatten – which is the last name of her husband, Prince Philip – would be incorporated into the royal family’s last name, thereby her descendants would take the hyphenated Mountbatten-Windsor as their surname.

Victoria Arbiter, a royal expert and commentator for CNN, explained to TIME that Mountbatten-Windsor is the last name “used by members of the family who don’t have a technical surname when a surname is required.”


See also: PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ARE EXPECTING A ROYAL BABY!

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