Little Archie almost had a different name. According to Finding Freedom, a new biography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle written by royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, “Archie” wasn’t the only moniker they considered for their first child.
“Harry and Meghan already had a name ready to go when Archie was born, because the couple had known all along that they were having a boy,” the authors report.
“According to a source, they settled on their son’s name some time during the final week of her pregnancy. The couple wanted something traditional, a name that was powerful even without a title in front of fit. Archie, meaning strength and bravery, fit the bill.”
They also thought about calling him “Archibald,” but not for long.
“They thought about Archibald for all of one second,” a friend of the couple said, per the book. “He was always going to be little Archie.”
In addition to news about little Archie’s name, Finding Freedom also reveals that Meghan “never considered” giving birth in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, where Prince Harry was born, and where the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to each of her three children.
“Meghan wanted somewhere more discreet than St. Mary’s Hospital,” write Durand and Scobie. Instead, Archie was born at the Portland Hospital in…