LONDON — Prince Harry and Meghan have finally announced the name of the newest member of the royal family: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said on their royal Instagram account, “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.”
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- 🛑 Harry and Meghan have published on instagram the name of the little angel! Welcome Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor! 🛑 @sussexroyal « 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. Photo credit: Chris Allerton SussexRoyal » 👪😍❤️ - 🛑 Harry et Meghan ont publié sur instagram le prénom du petit ange! Bienvenue Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor! 🛑 @sussexroyal « Le duc et la duchesse de Sussex ont le plaisir d'annoncer qu'ils ont nommé leur premier-né: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Cet après-midi, Leurs Altesses Royales ont présenté à Sa Majesté la Reine son huitième arrière-petit-enfant au château de Windsor. Le duc d'Édimbourg et la mère de la duchesse étaient également présents pour cette occasion spéciale. Crédit photo: Chris Allerton SussexRoyal » 👪😍❤️
The royal couple appeared in front of selected media behind closed doors on Wednesday, cradling their first child, who was was born at 5:26 a.m. Monday morning, weighing 7lbs 3oz.
Meghan has taken a different approach to Prince William's wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who walked into the media spotlight with her newborns in her arms, hours after giving birth at a hospital in central London.
The palace would not confirm on Monday where the baby was delivered but said Harry had been by his wife's side. The child, whose name has not yet been revealed, is seventh in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William and his three children, and Prince Harry.
The couple ultimately kept the details of the pregnancy under wraps after announcing they were expecting a baby last October, in line with their repeated requests for privacy since they began dating years ago.
An emotional Prince Harry addressed the press outside Windsor Castle after Meghan gave birth and said that he was "over the moon" and "incredibly proud" of Meghan.
"How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there," Harry gushed.
In a significant milestone both across the Commonwealth and within British society, the newborn has made history by becoming the first biracial British child in the royal family. It's not the first trailblazing moment for the new royal couple, following their wedding ceremony last May that seemed to make a statement at every turn.
In a striking image, the outspoken American divorcée walked unescorted down the aisle followed by her 10 bridesmaids and page boys. The couple then listened to the stirring, soulful address by Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American head of the Episcopal Church in the United States.
His impassioned speech was then followed by a performance of the Ben E. King classic "Stand by Me" by The Kingdom Choir, a group of 20 gospel singers.
The couple also announced the royal baby was a boy on their official Instagram page, hours before the ceremonial easel was placed at the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London.
The bulletin read that Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family were "delighted at the news that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son."