Royal baby Archie: The uncanny 'fluke' that links Otago family to the royals

Otago parents Jack and Jo Stafford have been left with a right royal surprise after the naming of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's child.

Prince Harry and Markle on Thursday (NZ time) announced their new baby boy is named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

To the shock of the Staffords, the naming meant they have four children with royal namesakes; Charlotte, Harry, George, and now 4-year-old Archie.

But it was not the intention for the children to have royal names, Jo Stafford told the Otago Daily Times.

Her son was excited to have the same name as the newborn royal, she said.

"It's a royal flush - what are the chances," Jo told the ODT.

"It was just a fluke. We've always just really loved those names.

"First Prince George came along, then Princess Charlotte - which we thought was just a coincidence. But now Archie."

Archie was born on Tuesday (NZT), making him two days old when he was revealed to the world.

The first photos of him were released on Thursday morning (NZT).

The Stafford family aren't the only New Zealanders with connections to the royals, after it was revealed the first hint of Archie's name could have been back in October when Prince Harry met a young boy at the Auckland Viaduct.

Last year when Prince Harry and Markle met crowds at the viaduct - the Somerville-Ryan family and friends gave Harry a Kiwi book called 'little gems'. The Prince asked their names and was stopped in his tracks by one.

"He said 'Archie, I like that name'," Archie Somerville-Ryan said.

Prince Harry liked it so much he called his wife over to tell her.


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