Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed the name of their son last week, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the world has been trying to figure out its origins. One source told Elle magazine the Sussexes went with this modern-sounding moniker just because they liked it. But another tells The Sun there’s a specific reason why they chose Archie.
It turns out there’s another special Archie in Prince Harry‘s life: Major Tom Archer-Burton, his former Army commanding officer, whom he credits with “saving his military career” and “helping him serve his country,” according to The Sun.
“It’s well known in Army circles, and Archie’s inner circle, that baby Archie is a nod to him,” a source tells the British publication. “The two men have stayed in regular contact, and Archie has met most of Harry’s family, including Meghan…It’s an incredible honor, but Archie is an incredibly modest chap and won’t be making a big deal of it.”
The Sun reports that Major Archer-Burton was instrumental in getting Prince Harry deployed to Afghanistan, which was always a dream of his while serving in the Army.
“Archie convinced Harry to stay in the Army, and I’m delighted that Harry has named his son after someone who played such an important role in his life,” The Sun’s former royals editor Duncan Larcombe says. “The Harry we see today is so different from the angry, frustrated royal we could have seen had it not been for an officer who calmed him down at a point in his life when he could well have given up on his military career.”
Of course, we won’t know the inspiration behind Baby Archie’s name for sure until the Sussexes say something. But this is a highly plausible theory given Prince Harry’s history with the Army. Somewhere right now, I hope Major Tom Archer-Burton is blushing.