Baby Archie was named after Meghan’s pet cat and a vintage US comic book she used to collect, her pals believe.
According to The Sun, the future Duchess of Sussex used to tell friends about her beloved moggie Archie, who ended up fat after being constantly fed frozen grapes.
They reckon the newborn’s name could be a nostalgic reference to the pet who was also adored by Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, 62.
A former close friend said on Thursday night: “Doria rescued Archie and he became an important part of the household. Meghan loved playing with him and she was always talking about him to her friends.
“It’s no surprise she named her new baby Archie. She loved that cat.”
Meghan once shared a video of her stroking Archie while playing with another of her moggies.
He is believed to have died while Meghan was at college in Illinois.
He was named after the title character in US comic Archie, which she collected with her dad Thomas, 74.
Meghan was said to have been “obsessed” with the antics of ginger-haired teen Archie Andrews — and her baby’s name may also be a nod to her dad, despite their turbulent relationship. The friend said: “She would spend her weekends going to vintage stores to buy the comics.
“This could be a little nod to her dad. It was him who instilled that hobby into her, that was their activity together. He would drive her around and also surprise her with vintage volumes. She had at least 100. This may be a way to reach out to her dad, even after all that’s happened.”
The comics have had a new lease of life as teen TV series Riverdale.
Archie was the 11th-most popular baby name for new parents in 2019, according to website Bounty.
It was also the 10th-most popular name for dogs in the UK, according to data analytic company SEMrush.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s son Prince George also bizarrely revealed to a dog walker who bumped into him in Berkshire earlier this year with his grandmother Carole Middleton: “I’m called Archie.”