The Inspiration Behind Baby Archie's Name Has Finally Been Revealed

When baby Archie was introduced to the world nearly a year ago, there was plenty of speculation around just where the name came from, because the name did not have any connections to the royal family. Last year, The Sun speculated that Archie had been named after Prince Harry's former commanding officer in the British Army, Major Tom Archer-Burton, whose nickname was also Archie. There was also news that Harry and Meghan Markle had chosen Prince George's own nickname (which he told a stranger was "Archie") when they named their new baby.

In fact, baby Archie's name was inspired by the Greek word for "source of action;" the word which has also been the inspiration for the former senior royals' new non-profit organization. "Before SussexRoyal, came the idea of 'Arche' — the Greek word meaning 'source of action.' We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters," the couple told The Telegraph. "Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right."

The Archewell foundation will have several functions

Before coming up with Archewell, the couple had considered other variations, like Arche Foundation and Archeway.

The Telegraph says Archewell was registered in the U.S. last month, and includes plans to create a charity, volunteering services, using movies, podcasts, and books as vehicles for sharing education and training material. The plans also include a website, which will feature information on nutrition, health, mental health, and entertainment — not too dissimilar from Meghan Markle's old site, The Tig. Aside from registering their foundation, Meghan and Harry are also looking to trademark an extensive collection of clothing and stationery. To have the foundation registered the U.S. makes sense, as Harry and Meghan are currently living in Los Angeles with baby Archie, who turns 1 year old in May.

While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex weren't planning on releasing information on their new venture just yet, they said they were caught out after paperwork for Archewell was filed. "Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global COVID-19 pandemic but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be."