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Theories galore about the origin of the Royal baby name

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Amid the excitement of the latest Royal birth (there were 1,800 other births on the same day) questions were asked of the origin of the name Archie. A friend of Meghan Markle thinks she knows.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 12/05/2019, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:47

The arrival of the Sussexes' child was greeted by the usual pomp and ceremony, although it must be said that things weren’t as pompous and ceremonial as they were for the Cambridges' first born.

Nevertheless the British press once more when into melt down, and speculation began to grow about the origin of the child’s Christian name ‘Archie’.


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Chris Pollard of News.com.au writes that, ‘one of Meghan’s friends has come forward to reveal a possible inspiration for her son’s name — and the unexpected way it could pay tribute to her estranged dad.’

According to these unnamed ‘friends’, the Duchess used to enjoy the company of a cat called Archie. All was not well with this particular Archie however because it ‘ended up fat after being constantly fed frozen grapes.’

However, the cat played an important role in the Markle household. Doria, Markle’s mum – who rescued Archie – was said to have ‘adored’ it, and the cat’s death hit the family hard. At the time Markle was at college in Illinois.

Theory #2

Another theory put forward by friends is that Archie is Sussex’s way to acknowledge the important part her dad Thomas played in her upbringing.

As a child, Markle was ‘obsessed’ with the antics of a comic book hero called Archie Andrews. Archie made his comic book debut in 1941. Markle would take her dad to comic book shops in nearby Hollywood to search for the latest edition.


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According to reports, it is likely that the name Archie is therefore a nod to the Duchess’s father, the suggestion being that Markle still has a soft spot for her dad.

Then again the Royal couple may have chosen the name simply because they like it. So far, Archie is the 11th most popular boy’s name in the UK, according to Cosmopolitan. It is also 6th most popular name for a dog, according to Rover.com.


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