It’s hard to believe that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle only withdrew from royal life in 2020. So much has since changed since then. But while the couple famously spilled the beans on what it was really like to be part of the royal family, one woman remained largely silent: the late Queen Elizabeth. In true royal style, she let others do the talking. And if one report is to be believed, she had a surprisingly emotional response to Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie.
Not normally emotional
What could have possibly caused such a reaction in the Queen? She was not known for being emotional, after all. Harry, on the other hand? He practically gushed about Archie just after the newborn arrived. Speaking to the media, the prince seemed every inch the proud dad. And there’s no doubt he felt the same when baby Lilibet arrived in June 2021.
After Archie’s birth, Harry said, “I’m so incredibly proud of my wife. And as every father and parent would say, your baby is absolutely amazing. But this little thing is absolutely to die for, so I’m absolutely over the moon.” We bet the Queen was pretty happy at the news, too, but it wasn’t the birth that got her so worked up.
Why Archie got his name
And we have something to tell you: no, Archie isn’t an anagram of Rachel, Meghan’s real first name. Instead, it seems that the little boy was named in tribute to one Major Tom Archer-Burton, an army officer who is affectionately known as “Archie.” Major Tom in fact played a big part in Harry’s military service.
A nod to a friend
Speaking to The Sun, an alleged insider revealed, “It’s well known in Army circles, and Archie’s inner circle, that baby Archie is a nod to him. The two men have stayed in regular contact, and Archie has met most of Harry’s family including Meghan.” The source added that the older Archie was far too modest to accept any credit. Lilibet, on the other hand, appears to have been named after the Queen, who was affectionately called that by her father.