On May 6, the whole world was graced with the long-awaited news that Baby Sussex had finally arrived. Harry and Meghan had quickly become one of the most watched couples as the due date drew nearer, causing everyone to keep a keen eye on when their little one would make his grand debut.
Thankfully, Mama and Baby Sussex both had a healthy and successful birth and the sweet little one was finally born. Knowing everyone’s grand anticipation, Harry and Meghan knew they had limited time to keep their fans at bay waiting to see him for the first time.
On May 8, we all got just what we’d bee hoping for when the Sussex family of three made their grand debut. Harry looked prouder than ever before as he held his sleeping newborn in his arms as press swarmed for photos and videos.
Shortly after the debut, they finally announced his name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. While many were thrilled beyond belief to hear such a unique name for a royal, others instantly began to talk and chatter, pointing out one difference about it from that of his other royal cousins - where was his royal title? Will he be considered a Prince as his father is?
Thankfully, the truth has been revealed before too many gossip trails set fire. As it has been reported, Harry and Meghan have for now chosen to forego any honorary title (“HRH”: His Royal Highness).
Based on his position in the line of succession, he is currently eligible for the title Earl of Dumbarton. His parents, however, have opted not to give him any courtesy titles for the time being. In making this decision, they are enabling him to have a more normal childhood and hopefully grow up without swarms of attention along with allowing him to be a private citizen.
One royal historian reported on their decision: “The fact that they have chosen not to use a title suggests they want this baby to have a relatively ordinary life. When Archie is older, he will likely have to go out and get a job. He will be a minor royal and will have to be prepared for a life of work. If the commonwealth becomes a smaller entity, there will be less work for the royals overseas.”
This just goes to show that Harry and Meghan have carefully thought out the possibilities of Archie’s future, knowing that he is in extremely rare and unique circumstances. Nevertheless, they are doing everything they can to protect him and set him up for success even as a newborn. Way to go, Mom and Dad!