Did Harry and Meghan steal Prince George’s nickname?

2019-05-10 08:46
 
Meghan and Harry introduce their son, Archie, to t

The world waited with bated breath for the news of Baby Sussex’s arrival. And once he’d made his royal entrance, royal watchers had a field day predicting what the little one’s name would be.

That is, until Harry and Meghan introduced Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – a name almost as adorable as the newest addition to the stately family.

But, as Cosmopolitan points out, there’s something potentially awkward about their choice of name.

Turns out Archie might be Prince George’s nickname.

Prince William and Kate’s firstborn revealed this to a dogwalker while taking a stroll with his grandmother Carole (64) and younger sister Charlotte (4) back in January.

“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,” the woman told The Sun.

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

Instead of introducing himself by his official birthname, the five-year-old chose a pet name he’d never previously gone by.

George is often called PC (Prince Cambridge), PG (Prince George), PG Tips (the popular UK tea brand), just Tips or Georgie by friends and loved ones.

“To my astonishment he said, ‘I’m called Archie’, with a big smile on his face. I don’t know why he calls himself Archie, but kids often play with their name and I think it’s lovely,” she added.

Whether George had pranked the unknown lady or adopted the new nickname for himself is unclear, but wouldn’t it be a tad odd if Harry and Meghan actually stole the name for their son?

Another theory is that Harry and Meghan might’ve decided on the name months ago and accidentally dropped it around George, who then liked the sound of it and decided to claim it as his own.

Archie means “genuine”, “bold” or “brave” – a fitting moniker if he inherits any of his mother’s characteristics.

The name is more popular in Britain than in the US and is originally a shortened form of Archibald. Harrison ranked 34th on the list of most popular boy names in Britain in 2017. It means “son of Harry”, BBC reports.

While the meanings of the tot’s names could explain Harry and Meghan’s choice, several speculators believe the couple are fans of TV series Riverdale. The show’s lead character is a redhead called Archie Andrews.  

So many theories in a name, right? Then again, nothing is ever simple when the royal family is involved.

SOURCES: THE SUN, COSMOPOLITAN, BBC, EVENING STANDARD

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