Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's shared baby name dilemma

The baby name dilemma faced by Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle has been revealed as the royals both struggled with naming their children

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The baby name dilemma faced by Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle when it came to naming their royal children.


When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has their first child in May 2019, they named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. However, reportedly deciding what to name Archie was a tricky decision and they actually nearly used his middle name as a first name.

A royal fan revealed that she shared a conversation with the Duchess of Sussex about baby names at the Invictus games. Sherry McBain, a nursing officer in the RAF, and her wife Mandy brought their son Harrison to a children's book reading at the Invictus Games that was attended by the Duchess. 

Sherry told PA, "She was like, 'Harrison, that's Archie's middle name', and Mandy was like, 'Yeah, I know.' They were just having a chat because Harry and Meghan couldn't decide between Archie and Harrison for the first name."

The royal couple ultimately decided to name their son Archie and opted to keep Harrison as a middle name, but this isn't the first time a royal mother has been stumped when naming her firstborn.

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Reportedly when Kate Middleton had her first child, Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge actually had her heart set on another name.

Royal expert, Katie Nicholl told The Mirror, "Courtiers insisted the pair had not found out the sex of their unborn baby, and friends close to the couple claim William wanted a surprise. Although Kate apparently suspected it was a boy and had set her heart on the name Alexander, they had not yet decided what to call their firstborn."

It is unclear why Kate and William decided against the name Alexander and opted for George instead, but like Meghan, Kate decided to still include her second favorite name in her son's title. Prince George's full name is George Alexander Louis, which means that like his cousin Archie, his middle name is the name that he was nearly christened with.

Prince George

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Prince George and Archie may have nearly had their middle names as first names, but they wouldn't have been the first members of the Royal Family to have an interesting relationship with their Christian names.

Meghan Markle's real name is actually Rachel, but the former actress began using her middle name Meghan when she began her acting career. Similarly, her husband Prince Harry is actually called Henry, but he goes by the nickname used by his family. 

The late Duke of Edinburgh was commonly referred to as Prince Philip but he was actually born Philippos Andreou which translates to Philip Andrew. The Prince decided to adopt the English version of his name and used the Mountbatten surname when he married the Queen and became the Prince consort.

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