Both parents have different nicknames for their son, Archie Harrison, it was revealed during the official trip.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor—that's quite a long name for the little one. The newest addition to the royal family was out on his official tour to Africa along with his parents Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle. According to CNN, this is baby Archie's first official visit. The royal couple's fans were delighted when pictures of the smiling infant visiting the renowned anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu hit the internet.
In one of the videos released where Meghan and Harry are seen walking toward the archbishop's home with Archie in the Duchess' arms, Mommy Meghan's nickname for her son can be overheard. The little one seemed amused and happy to be accompanying his parents as he squealed and responded to her affectionate gestures.
Duchess Markle called him "bubba" during his official appearance on the Sussexes’ tour of South Africa, according to Parade. Once he reached the entrance, he completely stole the show and delighted his hosts with his infant charm. Archie was seen smiling as he sat in his mother's lap. His parents were pictured beaming with pride as their little son smiled and entertained everyone.
BABY VIDEO: Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor. This video has just appeared on the Sussex Royal Instagram page ... 👶 pic.twitter.com/gNDGEwh7n0— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) September 25, 2019
When they were having tea with the anti-apartheid hero and his daughter Thandeka Tutu, Markle tells Archie, who is close to five months now, to, "Say hello, hello," before exclaiming, "Oh, bubba!"
During the visit to Tutu, Prince Harry and Markle joked about their son's time in front of the camera. According to BBC, his mom remarked "he's an old soul," while Harry said, "I think he is used to it already."
When Tutu's daughter Thandeka laughed, Archie laughed as well. Meghan then asked him, "Is that funny?" Thandeka remarked how it seemed that he understood what was going on. Harry joined in, "I think he knows exactly what’s going on."
"You like me best, yes!" Thandeka said to Archie, according to PEOPLE. "Oh, you like the ladies better, yeah." Meghan agreed, "He likes to flirt."
While his mother calls him "bubba," his father referred to him as "Arch." Harry joked, "You're going to meet Arch, Arch," according to Harper's Bazaar.
Archie received yet another name while accompanying his parents to South Africa. Prince Harry and Markle were gifted a traditional South African Xhosa name for their baby. The name Ntiska, which means pillar of strength, was chosen for Archie by the Gogos (grandmothers) of the Nyanga township. The family was honored with a framed picture of the name, the meaning, and a little drawing of a rhino, which is a favorite of Harry's.
Missed a moment of the #SussexRoyalTour? Here’s a recap of all my threads:— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 2, 2019
Day 1: https://t.co/OGJmkTojEd
Day 2: https://t.co/WauGyPamV4
Day 3: https://t.co/RxzfRtAzSQ
Day 4: https://t.co/CuOIW9YvQY
Day 5: https://t.co/cXVpq4ctKK pic.twitter.com/OrPjcwwjns
The ten-day tour has been a busy one for the new parents, who weren't always together during the tour due to their individual engagements. The new mom also revealed that the tour was scheduled in a way that her "bubba" never went hungry, according to the Telegraph. When she was asked how she's juggling caring for Archie and the tour, Meghan laughed and added, "Oh my goodness, well, we’re doing well. I think the schedule - they have been very kind to me, because everything is based around Archie’s feed times. So it’s a full plate, but we’re making it work. It’s worth it."
Day 9, our penultimate day of #SussexRoyalTour:— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 1, 2019
— In Malawi, Harry is at Mauwa Health Centre, which serves 23,000 residents🏥
— In Johannesburg, Meghan (patron of @The_ACU) will visit @go2uj👩🎓👨🎓
— She will then join a discussion about gender based violence at @AA_SouthAfrica. pic.twitter.com/Zdt5cc2zl3
During one of her engagements, the former actress visited the home of a local resident Shamiela Samodien, who told Harper's Bazaar that they "spoke about Archie and how he has been very comfortable since arriving and they said he's a very good boy. You could see how happy they were." However, the Duchess also said that it has been a been busy period as having a five-month-old baby keeps them on their toes all day.
Despite having packed schedules, the joy on the face of the new parents has been palpable. They performed their duty as parents and as royals with aplomb and during that time their joyful son won the hearts of millions.