Lilibet and Archie’s adorable names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - and they're not mummy and daddy!

The proud parents reportedly gave an exciting insight into Lilibet and Archie's adorable names for them in their Christmas card last year...

Lilibet and Archie's adorable names for Harry and Meghan revealed, here the Sussexes are seen watching the sitting volley ball competition at the Invictus Games
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Lilibet and Archie’s adorable names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were reportedly revealed by the proud parents last year.


Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back” as senior members of The Firm, fans have only been treated to a few glimpses of their children, Archie and Lilibet. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their daughter in June 2021 and it’s understood that Prince Charles was “very emotional” when he got to meet her for the first time over the Jubilee weekend. Sadly, the couple didn’t attend any public Jubilee events with their kids, however Harry and Meghan did release a gorgeous photo of Lilibet to mark her 1st birthday. 

This was only the second official photo of Lilibet to be shared by the Queen’s grandson and Duchess Meghan. The first was chosen for their Christmas card 2021 and it was here that the proud parents also supposedly shared Lilibet and Archie’s adorable names for Harry and Meghan…

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Taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Christmas card photo last year featured a beaming Meghan holding a delighted-looking Lilibet gently in the air. 

Sitting alongside them Harry had Archie perched on his lap to complete the joyful family moment. The photo was shared on social media, with Town & Country (opens in new tab) previously claiming that the final Christmas card featured a special message to recipients. 

"Happy Holidays," the card reportedly declared. "This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa’, and Lili made us a family."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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This adorable message not only highlights how special the arrival of Lilibet was to Harry, Meghan and Archie, but also the sweet names the parents-of-two are known as. Whilst “Mummy/Mommy” and “Daddy” are perhaps more common, it seems that the Sussexes have opted to be called “Mama” and “Papa” instead.

This revelation gave a unique insight into the couple’s life as parents in their new LA home and it’s especially cute given how much consideration Harry and Meghan gave to Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana’s names. 

When previously discussing their decision to call their non-profit foundation Archewell, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to have revealed that the origins of the Greek word, “Arche”, inspired their son’s name too.

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As reported by Elle (opens in new tab), they declared, “Before Sussex Royal 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.”

Meanwhile, Lilibet's meaning as a name has a heartfelt link to Her Majesty. As a child Queen Elizabeth was known as Lilibet to her close family, and later Prince Philip adopted this nickname for his wife too. When Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor’s birth was announced it was confirmed that her full name was a tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.