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Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their newborn baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle
Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their newborn baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle
Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their newborn baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
The Duchess of Cambridge at Caernarfon coastguard helicopter base

By Laura Elston

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Harry and Meghan have broken with royal convention by making a personal decision not to use a title for their baby boy.

He will simply be known as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

As the first born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton - one of Harry's subsidiary titles - or Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

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

The decision fits in with Harry and Meghan's desire to give their son as normal a life as possible despite his royal heritage.

Harry, who has admitted he once "wanted out" of the royal family, has spoken in the past of how he was always more comfortable being Captain Wales in the Army than being Prince Harry.

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.

Harrison means "son of Harry" so is likely to be a tribute to the duke. It is English in origin and famous Harrisons include Star Wars actor Harrison Ford.

Archie is not entitled to be an HRH or a prince, due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by George V.

The couple's @SussexRoyal Instagram account announced: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

"This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess' mother were also present for this special occasion."

The family of three were pictured in a black and white snap showing off baby Archie to the Queen and Philip, alongside Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.

Harry and Meghan's first born, who is seventh in line to the throne, made his world debut with his besotted parents at Windsor Castle yesterday.

Proud mother Meghan described him as having the "sweetest temperament", while a delighted Harry called him "our own little bundle of joy".

The duchess added: "It's magic, it's pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world, so I'm really happy."

As is the custom for royal babies, Harry and Meghan will have shared news of their choice with the monarch before releasing it to the public.

The duke and duchess's son arrived overdue on Monday, May 6 at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz.

Baby Sussex made his debut wrapped in a merino wool shawl made by the same small, family-run company that was used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their children.

The hand-finished shawl made by the Nottingham company GH Hurt & Son, based in Chilwell, is called the Leaves And Flowers Baby Shawl, with shell detailing on each edge, and costs £105.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were all swaddled in shawls made by the company in their first appearances on the doorstep of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London.

The firm said the Duke of Cambridge was wrapped in a similar shawl in 1982.

Meghan looked radiant in a loose-fitting white dress by Grace Wales Bonner.

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