Baby Sussex

Master Archie


Spring baby// New royal baby, Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, meets his great grandparents, the Queen of England and Prince of Wales. Elle magazine says, according to a source, “ He [Prince Harry] said he just feels part of the family, and can’t imagine life without his son.”

Abby Woloss, Opinions Editor

The world rejoiced when Meghan and Harry finally revealed little baby Sussex to the world in a private photo op last Tuesday. The unveiling of the new member to the family caused a wave of anticipation throughout the world. Many guesses for his name were thrown into space with “George” and “Arthur” being the most common, yet when it came time for the announcement, many were shocked.

For those who are unaware of the frenzy going on in the media, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a baby earlier last week. His name is Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The two wanted to refrain from giving him an aristocratic name title, so there is no ‘Prince’ present in his life.

With the oncoming of Meghan into the royal family, came an onset of a more modern approach to the monarchy. The birth of her and Harry’s son is no different. With the hope for a home birth, Meghan was anticipating the arrival of her son like any other mother would. But due to her age and the baby being overdue, she was taken to the hospital in a covert car used when her and Harry first started dating. Rather than call attention to themselves with the presence of a baby in their arms like past royals, including Prince William and Kate, Meghan refrained from a public presentation of her son hours after his birth. Instead, she stayed in bed, like any other women would, for a couple days before their first public appearance after the birth.

It is another feat for a modern take on the monarchy, due to the fact that many couples before them presented their children at the steps of the hospital mere hours after the birth. Not only did they not do this, but they also broke the long standing tradition of the women holding the baby when presentation time started. Harry walked out with little Archie in his arms, while Meghan walked proudly beside them at the castle they had been staying at during the photo session. Later in the day, Archie went to go meet his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth ll.

Though many of these public outings and natural occurrences of having a baby seem nonchalant, they are very much intended. The events that have unfolded in the last year of Meghan’s arrival to the royal family have set the stage for what is to come. Relinquishing baby Archie of a title allows him the ability to stay away from the duties a royal would have had and live a normal life: a happenstance Meghan and Harry desperately wanted their child to have. This onsets many to believe that the baby will perhaps go to public school or even delve further into the life of normalcy that his father never had.

With much heightened publicity around every move the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make, it is understandable that they desire an environment of privacy for their newborn. Master Archie was a well kept secret for a couple days. Now, he is the golden child to many around the world. Though he is 7th in line to the crown, the changes he has made to the monarchy are already very prominent. One can only imagine what will come next.