Two days after welcoming their son, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, appeared at Windsor Castle on Wednesday to introduce the newborn for the cameras. A few hours later, Buckingham Palace announced his name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Harry, who put a new spin on royal baby debuts by being the one to hold the newborn during the photo opp in St. George's Hall, proclaimed, “Parenting is amazing. It’s only been – what, two-and-a-half days, three days – but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy. We have to spend some precious time with him as he slowly starts to grow up.”
In the Guardian, the journalist Micha Frazer-Carroll wrote: "Just 72 hours after his birth, newborn Archie, swaddled in privilege, has nevertheless been exposed to the realities of British prejudice ... not even those at the literal top of the pecking order seem to be shielded from crass discrimination. This baby has a lifetime to come in the public eye, and, I fear, a lifetime of the lowest forms of racism too."
What the past week has shown is that the birth of a mixed race child in the royal family cannot be used as a panacea to reassure Britons that they are an inclusive and progressive country, however much that reassurance might be needed right now, as the UK teeters on the brink of an unknown future.