Royal rift: How Meghan and Harry ‘snubbed George with Archie’s name’

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MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry called their son Archie after his birth in May last year – but the unusual name choice may have caused a stir with Harry’s nephew, Prince George, according to an unearthed report.

Meghan and Harry have been embroiled in a feud with Prince William and Kate Middleton for more than a year. It is thought to have started shortly after Harry and Meghan first got together, as William thought they were moving too fast. The situation has since escalated and royal watchers were quick to note the frosty exchange between Harry and William when they reunited at the Commonwealth Day service earlier this month.

Meghan and Harry may have snubbed William and Kate when they named their son, too.

As Harry and Meghan wanted their child not to have a title – so that he could live as an ordinary citizen – they christened him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

It was thought to be a name without previous royal connotations.

However, according to The Sun in January 2019 – months before Archie’s birth – Prince George, then 5, said his name was Archie when introducing himself.

Prince George, Archie with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Prince George, Archie with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and Harry named their son Archie Harrison Mounbatten-Windsor after his birth in May 2019

Meghan and Harry named their son Archie Harrison Mounbatten-Windsor after his birth in May 2019 (Image: Getty)

Reporter Phil Dampier explained how the third-in-line to the throne had been walking with his grandmother Carole Middleton when he met a dog walker.

The anonymous woman told The Sun: “I was asked by a police minder not to take a photo of the children, which I didn’t, but George started stroking my dog.

“Just to be friendly I engaged in a bit of small talk and I asked George what his name was, even though obviously I knew it.

“To my astonishment, he said ‘I’m called Archie’, with a big smile on his face.

George pictured attending school with his sister Princess Charlotte and his parents Kate Middleton and Prince William

George pictured attending school with his sister Princess Charlotte and his parents Kate Middleton and Prince William (Image: Getty)

“I don’t know why he calls himself Archie but kids often play with their names and I think it’s lovely.”

A royal insider told The Sun: “The royals love nicknames and having a bit of fun just like everyone else.

“When George goes to school I can imagine a few comments about ‘Educating Archie’.”

George’s full name is George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, but he has had several nicknames over the years.

Kate and William referred to him as “our little grape” when she first fell pregnant.

He was then known as PG – Prince George – at school, which led to the Cambridges calling him PG Tips or Tips.

Meghan took Archie to watch Harry play in a polo match when he was still a newborn

Meghan took Archie to watch Harry play in a polo match when he was still a newborn (Image: Getty)

George with Meghan and Archie at the same polo match

George with Meghan and Archie at the same polo match (Image: Getty)

Archie’s name that May was a surprise to many and not among the bookmakers’ favourites – it was expected to be Alexander, Arthur or Albert.

Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, told the BBC after his birth: “I don’t think anyone of us saw either [Archie or Harrison] coming.”

It is widely believed the couple used the name Harrison because it originally meant the son of Harry.

Explaining their selection of the name Archie, Mr Little continued: “It may well be that it’s a name that Meghan is familiar with and that’s why they are using it.

“They have wanted to do something a little bit different, and they have done.”

Archie has not been seen in public since his parents' royal tour to Southern Africa

Archie has not been seen in public since his parents’ royal tour to Southern Africa (Image: Getty)

Mountbatten-Windsor was a surname first created in 1960, as a concession to Prince Philip as he had felt put out that his children would not inherit his last name.

Royal biographer Penny Junor said: “Prince Philip was never allowed to call his children by his own surname. I think that’s a really nice tribute to Harry’s grandfather.”

William and Kate did not comment publicly on Harry and Meghan’s decision to name their son Archie.

Instead, William said that he wanted to welcome his brother to the “sleep deprivation society”.

He added that he was looking forward to seeing the pair when “things have quietened down”.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK