Harry and Meghan were ‘torn’ over Archie’s first name


The couple couldn’t decide on which name to use as a first name (Picture: Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle nearly called their first-born ‘Harrison’, it has been revealed.

The couple have been sharing snippets from their private life during talks with fellow attendees at the Invictus Games.

Meghan told the parent of a little boy called Harrison that she and Harry struggled to decide on a name for their son.

Sherry McBain, 42, said her wife Mandy brought their little boy along to a book reading attended by the Duchess.

Sherry, a nursing officer in the RAF, said: “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 couple ultimately named their baby boy Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor after he was born on May 6, 2019.

Harrison means ‘son of Harry’, so its inclusion is likely a nod to the Duke himself.


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (centre) attending the Invictus Games athletics events in the Athletics Park, at Zuiderpark the Hague, Netherlands. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Invictus. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Invictus Games yesterday (Picture: PA)


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The couple eventually decided on Archie as a first name after they were ‘torn’ (Picture: EPA)


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, hug Lisa Johnston, a former army medic and amputee, who celebrates with her athletics medal at the Invictus Games venue in The Hague, Netherlands, Sunday, April 17, 2022. The week-long games for active servicemen and veterans who are ill, injured or wounded opened Saturday in this Dutch city that calls itself the global center of peace and justice. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The couple have been full of smiles during their attendance at the Games (Picture: AP)

Archie entered the top 10 names for boys in England and Wales for the first time in 2020, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The name saw a surge in popularity, jumping 10 places from 19th to ninth.

Sherry, who was taking part in two Invictus Games events, said Meghan was ‘really open’ and ‘very friendly’ during her brief interaction with Harrison.

She said: ‘My little boy Harrison 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.

‘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.’

Sherry’s family had been in the Hague to support her in both sitting volleyball and archery events for Team GB.


epa09893662 Prince Harry Duke of Sussex speaks during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in The Hague, The Netherlands, 16 April 2022. The Invictus Games will take place from 16 to 22 April 2022 at the Zuiderpark and are intended for military personnel and veterans who have been psychologically or physically injured in service. EPA/Koen van Weel

The Invictus Games was officially launched for 2022 on Saturday (Picture: EPA)


THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the Land Rover Driving Challenge during the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark on April 16, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan were larger than life passengers at the Land Rover Driving Challenge (Picture: Getty Images)


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Prince Harry speaks with an attendee at the Games during an event today (Picture: BACKGRID)

Sherry said: ‘It’s made a massive difference for me. It’s the difference in the fact that I’m still serving.

‘I was diagnosed with delayed complex PTSD. This journey has just meant that actually I can still live a life instead of hiding, and not stepping out of the house and just being broken.

‘I owe so much to the Invictus Games and everything that it has done for me and for my family.’

Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014 to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans.


Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex at the 5th edition of the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark in The Hague. Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan,Duke and Duchess of Sussex Ref: SPL5304097 170422 NON-EXCLUSIVE Picture by: SplashNews.com Splash News and Pictures USA: +1 310-525-5808 London: +44 (0)20 8126 1009 Berlin: +49 175 3764 166 photodesk@splashnews.com World Rights, No Netherlands Rights

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the 5th edition of the Invictus Games (Picture: SplashNews)


MAIL ONLINE - Meghan???s security team stay close at all times as Meghan attends a book reading at the Invictus Games, April 17 2022.

The couple are protected by Barack Obama’s former security guard (Picture: Tom Maddick/SWNS)


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attend the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games venue in The Hague, Netherlands, Saturday, April 16, 2022. The week-long games for active servicemen and veterans who are ill, injured or wounded opens Saturday in this Dutch city that calls itself the global center of peace and justice. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

Harry and Meghan at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games (Picture: AP)

Today, it emerged that Meghan and Harry are being protected by five bodyguards during the Games, and have been given ‘VVIP’ (very very important person) status.

Their security team includes Christopher Sanchez, who worked for former US President Barack Obama.

Prince Harry, who served in the British Army for a decade, was stripped of his honorary military roles after he and Meghan stepped back from royal duties.

The couple, now based in California, visited the Queen on Thursday.

It came after furore over the fact Harry did not attend Prince Philip’s memorial service in London last month.

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