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19th Apr 2022

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry nearly named their son Harrison

Jade Hayden

Archie was born in 2019.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry almost named their son Harrison, apparently.

The couple, who have two children, welcomed son Archibald Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor back in 2019 and despite his namesake, they seemingly very nearly chose a different first name for Archie altogether – his middle name.

Sherry McBain, a nursing officer in the Royal Air Force who is taking part in the Invictus Games this year, said that her wife told Meghan that her own son’s name was Harrison. Meghan and Harry are currently attending the Games in The Hague, Netherlands.

Meghan then seemingly confirmed that she and Harry had been unsure whether to call their own son Archie or Harrison, later settling on the former.

“[Meghan] was like ‘Harrison, that’s Archie’s middle name’, and Mandy was like ‘Yeah, I know,'” she told People. “They were just having a chat because Harry and Meghan couldn’t decide between Archie and Harrison for the first name.”

The nursing officer also said that the Duchess was “really open” and “very friendly” at the event, and that her own son was “just over the moon that a princess has read him a story, so that went down really well with all the UK children.”

“Harrison was drawing pictures and telling her that it was a picture of a tram,” she said. “I don’t think it quite looked like a tram, so she was very gracious and said that’s a brilliant tram, so he was delighted.”

Meghan and Harry welcomed their first child, Archie, in 2019. Soon afterwards, the couple announced their decision to leave the royal family and relocate to the States.

They later welcomed their second child in 2021, a baby girl named Lilibet. Meghan told British Army veteran James Stride at the Games event that she is currently missing her children, who are at home in California.

“Meghan was quite chatty and told me she was missing her children,” he told Mail Online.  “She said she wanted to be with children as she was missing her own.”