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‘Archie’ causing some royal name drama

Mary Pickels
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during a photocall with their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The inspiration for Prince Harry and Meghan’s newborn son’s name seems to be causing as much drama as the wait for his birth.

Little Archie — full name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor — came as a surprise to those betting on his name.

In fact, Archie was not even in the running, and it seems to be causing a bit of consternation.

So far his parents are remaining mum on any inspiration for the name, leaving some people scratching their heads.

And some wonder if Her Majesty the Queen — and great-grandma — is really pleased with the name.

Perhaps that famous American comic book character, Archie, a ginger just like Prince Harry, is behind the name?

And doesn’t Meghan, with her glossy black hair and glamorous wardrobe, resemble the comic’s Veronica just a bit?

The @ArchieComics Twitter account seems to be taking some credit.

Maybe the royals think they are raising a future athlete.

Could they have been thinking of Elisha Archibald “Archie” Manning III, famous American NFL player and dad to a couple of more?

Or maybe the idea came from a bit closer to home, perhaps Archie’s young cousin Prince George?

Already expectations are that the name will rise in popularity, both in the U.S. and the U.K.

The U.S. baby name site Nameberry ranks Archie at 108 in popular infant names.

It breaks the top 20 in Britain, landing at 18 on England’s official name listings.

Among Baby Boomers, the name may recall the 1970’s television show “All in the Family,” with the cringe-worthy — but comical — lead character Archie Bunker.

Edith apparently approves.

According to Nameberry.com, Archie means “truly brave.”Surely his parents agree.

At least one American celebrity couple, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, christened their son Archie.

And actress Archie Panjabi, who won an Emmy for her role as Kalinda Sharma in “The Good Wife” in 2010, uses the nickname for her birth name, Archana.

There are some who think Archie’s parents gave him a sly middle name as well, believing “Harrison” translates to “Harry’s Son.”

Some are just enjoying an early tribute to Mother’s Day, with a photo of Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland, beaming at Archie with joy.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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