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Basmah Qazi

Prince Harry and Meghan share first pics of Baby Sussex – and his adorable name!

It’s the moment everyone has been eagerly waiting for: The first pics and name of newborn Baby Sussex.

Ever since news broke in October that Duchess Meghan was pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s first child, bets on the gender and potential name started taking place.

The royal couple chose a somewhat unconventional name for a royal offspring, naming their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The pair took to Instagram to introduce baby Archie to the world, followed by a heartwarming photograph of great-grandparents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, looking positively ecstatic as they met the two-day-old baby boy.

The name took the world by surprise, as British oddsmakers’ were expecting a more traditional moniker such as Arthur, James, Philip or Albert.

But despite the contemporary name, it’s clear the new parents took their time to think about their decision, as Archie is a shortened version of Archibald, which means genuine and bold. Using a nickname as the child’s first name paid tribute to Meghan’s American roots, as it’s more casual and laidback.

The baby’s middle name, Harrison, dates back to the Middle Ages and simply means “son of Harry”.

The surname Mountbatten-Windsor is the family surname and belongs to all children and descendants of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their first-born to the world on Wednesday in St. George’s Hall. Harry cradled his son while Meghan beamed beside him, wearing a white sleeveless dress by British designer Grace Wales Bonner.

“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” said Meghan.

“He has the sweetest temperament,” she went on to say. “He’s really calm”.

Harry then cheekily added: “I don’t know where he gets that from!”

When asked who the baby takes after, the 37-year-old said: “We’re still trying to figure that out.”

Harry then said: “Everyone says babies change so much over two weeks. We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month, really. His looks are changing every single day, so who knows?”

And when it comes to parenting, Harry said: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”

Meghan concluded the special moment by saying: “Thank you everyone for all the well wishes and the kindness. It means so much.”

Scroll through the gallery above to see the heartwarming photos of the Sussex family.