Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor has been the talk of the town since we found out Meghan was expecting in October 2018. But despite him not holding any royal titles, experts suggest he might actually have a pretty significant impact on the Royal Family, and the British economy.
July 3rd marked a pretty controversial day for the Royals. Buckingham Palace announced that the newest addition to their family would be having his christening in The Queen’s private chapel in Windsor Castle.
Not only this, but the ceremony would all be completely private. There would be no photographers, and no capturing any documentation of the arrival of the guests present. On top of all this, the couple would also be breaking tradition by not publicly releasing the baby’s godparents.
Baby Archie has sparked up a lot of debates, and depending on which side you’re on, you either love it or hate it. Those people who hold tradition very close to their hearts dislike the new elusiveness of the young family.
However, some people believe that they do have a right to their own privacy as well. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have broken many traditions regarding their new baby, including refusing to take the much-loved photo on the steps of the hospital.
Harry and Meghan have created a rather hostile relationship with taxpayers, due to some rather odd news reports released about them. According to these rumors, the couple has been allowed to dip into the £82 million (approx. $101 million) Sovereign Grant.
This would be bad enough if they were paying for a big event, however, according to sources, they are paying for things slightly closer to home. The reports have said they are adding some new touches to Frogmore Cottage, and taxpayers aren’t happy.
The people’s say
Many people are not happy about these claims, especially given the fact that they are adamant that they want baby Archie to be raised as a private citizen. Some have said that they cannot have it both ways.
Either they really do decide to be completely private members of society and pay their own way in life, or they completely follow royal tradition. By the looks of things, people would be far less upset if they decided to take a more public role; they just dislike the hypocrisy of the whole situation.
Harry and Meghan want to raise Archie as privately as possible, however they might have a pretty difficult job doing so. The people are so overly excited about the baby because he is so different from any other royal baby we have seen.
He has such a different background to any of the other children, and his parents are loved by millions of people. Harry and Meghan should be flattered that they have so much attention aimed at their new baby, but we can see why they may want to keep a lot of his upbringing private.
The British economy
There have been several predictions made regarding the new baby. Joshua Bamfield, who is the director for the Centre of Retail Research, has suggested that the sale of baby clothes that have been associated with baby Archie will have a significant impact on the British economy.
He has predicted that it will boost their economy by a massive £1.25 billion ($1.52 billion) over two years. This will influence new mums to also purchase these products, according to researchers.
The Kate Middleton effect
The Royal Family and the world of fashion have a pretty good relationship. The Royals really know how to dress to impress, and the fashion industry knows exactly what they want to be wearing to each important occasion.
According to estimations, Kate Middleton helps to boost the country’s economy by about $205 million a year. People are calling this ‘the Kate Middleton effect, as people all over the world are trying to imitate her fashion sense. Since the birth of her children, they have also brought in $228 million dollars to the Brits.
Despite this seeming like just another speculation, there is actually a lot of solid evidence to suggest that this is the case. When Prince George was born in 2013 and photographed wearing an Aden and Anais muslin swaddle…
the company received an extra 10,000 new orders almost instantly. Then, when Prince William and Kate’s second child, Princess Charlotte, turned two and wore a gorgeous yellow cardigan from John Lewis, the stores sold out of the product.
The Archie effect
For a lot of parents, the dream of wearing the same outfit as Kate or Meghan is an unreachable goal. Their fashion sense, although modest, is extremely expensive. The average British citizen can only dream of purchasing such clothing.
However, they may be able to save up to afford kids’ clothes. If parents see the young royals sporting a new outfit, they are more likely to buy that for their kids. Like the ‘Charlotte effect’ and the ‘George effect’, we can probably expect to see an ‘Archie effect’ in the years to come.
Archie is expected to follow in his mom’s footsteps and become a fairly influential fashion icon. Meghan’s influence in the fashion world is undeniable. Kate’s outfit choices have led to a 119% uprise in online demand after public appearances.
However, the demand for Meghan’s clothing is an average of a 216 percent uprise, which is a huge increase. There is no denying Meghan’s impact on the world of fashion, so we can guess that Archie may go the same way.
As soon as we saw Meghan Markle appear with Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games, many knew she was going to be someone special. She was wearing comfortable ripped ‘mom’ jeans and a casual shirt from Misha Nonoo.
The outfit sold out online in the three days after the event, and the small brand was on track to become an international bestseller. When Meghan has worn other brands, this same trend has occurred across the market.
Meghan has a lot of curiosity surrounding her, and many love it. The world has seen her completely change the royal look, and they all want to get on board with her fashion sense. Meghan has been described as a ‘singular mover of product’, which has been seen on more than one occasion.
The duchess could be wearing what is considered a unique’ outfit, and the sales of the attire still seem to skyrocket. It is phenomenal how one woman can have such a huge impact on the fashion industry.
Toning it down
Toward the beginning of her and Harry’s relationship, Meghan was far more adventurous with her fashion sense. In her engagement photo, she was wearing a sheer dress, which really got everyone talking. However, since she and Harry tied the knot, she has had to tone down her clothing.
The Royals like their family members to dress modestly, and Meghan has to try and work with these expectations. Meghan has used her Hollywood fame to help causes close to her heart, including a number of social and environmental charities.
When Meghan and Harry toured the South Pacific, she wore a pair of Outland Denim skinnies. This was enough to raise the sales of the Australian brand by 640%. Not only this, but the rise in sales allowed for the company to employ another 46 seamstresses in their factory in Cambodia.
The factory is particularly special because many of the people working there were victims of human trafficking or unpaid labor. Meghan has also been seen wearing a pair of Rothy’s Black Point shoes, which were made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.
It is likely that we will see Archie wearing a lot of fashionable styles that align with the couple’s beliefs and morals. They both hold a lot of environmental and social matters close to their hearts, and we suspect this will influence the baby massively.
If baby Archie is going to be wearing a lot of eco-friendly clothes, we can expect their sales to rise drastically. This will have a massively positive impact on both the companies they buy from, and the causes they want to support as much as possible.
Creating an identity
Parents often dress their kids in a way that reflects their own identity. They may even try to force a particular image on a child, without necessarily meaning to do so. If parents have a favorite sports team…
they are more likely to dress them in that team’s shirt than any others. They want the world to know that both they and their baby are a fan of a certain team. It seems as though the British Royal Family are no exception to this rule.
Covered in tradition
Although the times we have seen baby Archie are very rare, when we have seen him, it has been a very traditional encounter. When Harry and Meghan first introduced us to the new member of their family, he was wrapped in a merino wool blanket from G.H. Hurt and Son.
This was produced by a Nottingham shawl maker, which has created these blankets for every royal baby since Prince Charles. When Archie was christened, he wore a replica Honiton lace satin gown, that was commissioned by Queen Victoria.
A normal baby
Despite Archie following a lot of royal traditions, Meghan doesn’t always cooperate with their rules and regulations. Archie is technically bound by royal rules, however he doesn’t possess a royal title.
Therefore, Meghan and Harry can be far more experimental with their parenting, and not follow quite as many traditions as the rest of their family may be bound to. Hopefully, Archie will be able to lead a fairly ‘normal life’. Well, as normal a life as the son of a prince and Hollywood actress can have!
The future king and queen
Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, has become a master of being adored by the British public and Royal Family alike. She tends to wear British made clothes, including Alexander McQueen and Burberry.
She often dresses Charlotte in smock dresses that scream ‘British’, and her sons, George and Louis, often wear hand-me-downs from their father and uncle. Unlike Meghan, Kate kind of has to conform to royal regulations. She is going to become queen alongside her husband, Prince William, one day after all.
Harry has also taken a far more ‘hands-on’ role when bringing up his son, so he is slowly trying to break royal ‘norms’. However, in a documentary titled ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’, Harry does recall his mom dressing him up.
He says that he thought she probably had a fantastic time dressing both he and his brother, William, and he hopes that he will dress his kids up in the same kind of way. Perhaps we will see a little more tradition than we expected from this couple after all.
It has been suggested that potentially the biggest insight into Archie’s fashion future is his name. It is neither the old fashioned Archibald, nor is it the new and modern name, Archer. Instead, they settled for the middle ground of Archie.
This has created almost a bridge between the old and the new. Archie’s clothes, will help them to work out the youngster’s identity. Meghan may use him to highlight important eco-friendly brands she holds close to her heart. Equally, she may also favor small brand names to help promote small companies.
Despite this, Meghan is also likely to dress Archie in some of the big designer brands, too. Harry and Meghan are both very proud feminists, so they might also try to move Archie toward more gender-neutral clothing, rather than sticking to the stereotypical ‘girl’ and ‘boy’ clothes.
The couple has even reportedly planned a gender-neutral nursery, by using greys and white rather than any pinks or blues. This is sure to spark some interest, and we suspect the rise in grey and white furniture will also help to increase the British economy!