In their first public appearance since his birth, the family was photographed and filmed during a private photoshoot at the Windsor Castle royal residence.
World, meet Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor Archie. The new royal baby had his first of a lifetime of photo shoots on Wednesday, providing the first glimpse of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first child.
The baby sported a patch of blonde hair, red shorts, a white shirt, and was mostly indifferent to the scene around him. In a brief interview with the couple, the proud parents said so far Archie has “the sweetest temperament” and has been “really calm”.
The first photos of Archie were posted on the couple’s @SussexRoyal Instagram account. Taken by royal wedding photographer Chris Allerton, the photos had over 1 million likes within just a few hours.
In a somewhat controversial move, the only camera crew allowed in was from American network CBS. They will be required to share the content internationally, however.
Although Prince Archie has a nice ring to it, for now, the new baby will inherit one of William’s old titles as Earl of Dumbarton. However, he could also gain prince status at the will of great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
In the same way that William and Kate’s children have assumed the surname Cambridge, Archie is expected to go with the last name ‘Sussex’ for school purposes.
Usually short for ‘Archibald’, ‘Archie’ is a popular British name but it’s unclear as of now if there’s any sort of special connection to the royal family.
A Mini-Meghan or Mini-Will?
When asked who the two-day-old resembles more, neither parent had a definitive answer just yet.
Meghan remarked that the baby already had a little bit of facial hair while William’s answer was more diplomatic: “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks. 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.”
Earl Archie is seventh in line for the throne and the seventh of the reigning Queen’s great-grandchildren.