The long-awaited birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby has been put to rest. On May 6, at 5:26 a.m., the Duchess gave birth to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in a hospital with her husband at her side.
Traditionally, royal women undergo home-births, so the Duchess’ decision raised many eyebrows of the Royal Family. The rest of the world, however, applauded Markle for breaking the “norm” for royal women.
Speaking of unaccustomed events, baby Archie is the first biracial baby to be born to the British Royal Family, as Markle has an African-American and a Caucasian father. As a result of this, it will likely be his job to bring hope and optimism to multiracial people around the world who are struggling with their individuality.
Arianna Davis, writer for The Oprah magazine, wrote how she sees the baby having to discover his own identity sometime in the future.
“As a mixed race woman, I know that Archie’s identity is something that he will likely struggle with as he gets older. How someone chooses to identify should be a personal decision — but in our culture (both here and in the U.K.), society forces us to label ourselves, an expectation that can be difficult for people like me who need to select multiple labels,” as the Puerto Rican and African-American journalist went on to say.
Long before Meghan Markle became royalty, she was ridiculed for not being fully white or black. Even while being a Duchess, she has experienced racist headlines and articles being written about her. Fortunately, her husband Harry has defended and supported her through the presumptuous thoughts and opinions of these journalists. He will undoubtedly do the same for his newborn son.
Already, residents of England have conveyed the pride and anticipation they have for the new royal baby. 38-year-old Carol Lengolo, a British local with South African roots, expressed her feelings about Archie Harrison’s birth.
“We have been waiting for him. We feel like Meghan is one of us, so we are supporting her. We can’t wait to see what he looks like,” Lengolo told The New York Times.
Archie’s mother, the Duchess of Sussex, became a feminist at a young age, and now she is responsible for giving birth to an extremely significant figure in Great Britain’s history. Markle has continuously defied the expectations of everyone around her, so it only makes sense that her son would grow up to do the same.
Davis concluded her Oprah magazine article by saying “...while I know that little Archie has a long road ahead of him, I’m excited for him, too. Because just by seeing his face representing one of the world’s most famous families, those of us who have always felt ‘other’ will be a little bit less alone — and we’ll be cheering him on from the sidelines.”
Yes, there are some huge expectations being placed on Archie’s shoulders, but the biracial population has no doubt that he will exceed those expectations.