Meghan Markle has revealed that she and her husband were torn on how to name their son, a competitor for Invictus Games has said.
The couple named their baby boy Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor after he was born on May 6, 2019.
Meghan reportedly told the parents of a little boy named Harrison that she and Harry couldn’t decide whether to choose Archie or Harrison as a first name.
Sherry McBain, 42, who lives in Southampton, said her wife Mandy brought their little boy Harrison to a children’s book reading that Meghan was attending at the The Hague games and the two struck up a conversation.
Ms McBain said: “She was like, ‘Harrison, that’s Archie’s middle name,’ and Mandy said, ‘Yeah, I know.’
“They only talked because Harry and Meghan couldn’t decide between Archie and Harrison on their first names.”
Archie means “genuine”, “brave” and “brave” and is of German origin.
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The abbreviation for Archibald is now given as an independent name.
Harrison means ‘son of Harry’, so its inclusion in Archie’s full name was probably a homage to the Duke.
Archie has entered the top 10 names for boys in England and Wales for the first time in 2020, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Archie experienced a surge in popularity, jumping 10 spots from 19th to 9th.
In 2020, there were 2,944 babies named Archie, up from 2,544 in 2019.
Harry and Meghan named their daughter – born June 4, 2021 – Lilibet “Lili” Diana.
Lilibet is the nickname of the Queen’s family and the couple refer to their daughter as Lili.
Ms McBain, an RAF nurse, said of the book reading at the games: “My little boy Harrison was just delighted to have a princess read him a story, it was a hit with all the British children. ”
She said she was told Meghan was “really open” and “very friendly” at the event.
“Harrison drew pictures and told her it was a picture of a streetcar.
“I don’t think it really looked like a tram, so she was very gracious and said that was a brilliant tram, so he was hooked,” she said.
Ms McBain, who competed in sitting volleyball and archery for Team UK, said of the Invictus Games: “It has made a huge difference to me. It’s the difference in the fact that I’m still of service.
“I was diagnosed with delayed complex PTSD. This journey has only meant that I can actually still have a life instead of hiding and not going out of the house and just being broken.
“I owe so much to Invictus Games and everything they’ve done for me and my family.”
Meanwhile, Daniel O’Connor, 31, from Hereford, took home a bronze medal in an archery event at Monday’s games.
He spoke about the positive impact Harry has had on the games and how much it means to the participants.
“The impact he had and the impact he exerts whenever he enters the room is tremendous.
“But he’s also very good at maintaining personal relationships with people,” he said.
Mr O’Connor said Harry took the time to meet with competitors from all the nations involved.
“It’s definitely not just UK favouritism. He’s an influence on everyone and it clearly means a lot to his presence to be here and he’s made such a big difference,” he said.
Harry founded the Invictus Games to support the rehabilitation of injured or ill military personnel and veterans from around the world by challenging them to compete in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.
Around 150 friends and family joined attendees in The Hague to cheer on Team UK, supported by the Royal British Legion.
Harry and Meghan made their first public appearance together in Europe since stepping down as senior working royals more than two years ago when they attended a reception at the Games on Friday.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/we-were-torn-over-archies-name-meghan-markle-41563643.html “We were torn about Archie’s name” – Meghan Markle