ARCHIE MOUNTBATTEN-WINDSOR is the eldest child of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry who was born in 2019. According to a new study, Archie caused more online interest than any other royal baby. The birth of Archie Harrison, two, the first child of Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, caused more online interest than any other royal baby according to new research. Archie caused online searches for ‘royal baby’ to explode 2,757 percent at the time of his birth in May 2019. This was nearly 30 times the average volume.
Archie’s birth, which took place at the Portland Hospital in London, caused over 1,700 percent more interest than the second most influential royal birth – Princess Charlotte’s in 2015. The research, by childcare experts Buddle Nurseries, analysed Google trends data for major royal births over the past eight years to discover which royal birth had the biggest influence of all.
Princess Charlotte, six, had the second most influential royal birth, beating her two siblings, Prince George, eight, and Prince Louis, three. The birth of Princess Charlotte in May 2015 caused searches for ‘royal baby’ to skyrocket 1,049 percent in the month of her birth, generating over 250 percent more interest than the births of both George and Louis.
Prince Louis’ birth generated the third-highest interest, with searches for ‘royal baby’ exploding 762 percent at the time of his birth in April 2018. This was over eight times the average volume. Prince George, an heir to the throne of England, also had one of the most talked-about royal births in the UK, causing searches for ‘royal baby’ to jump 726 percent when he was born in July 2013.
All three children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, were born at the Lindo Wing in St Mary’s Hospital, London, which costs over £7,000 for each birth. Lilibet, the second child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is the royal baby with the fifth most influential birth. Born in 2021, a year that saw three other royal babies born, baby Lilibet caused searches for ‘royal birth’ to spike 177 percent in June when she was born.
Lucas Tindall, the third child of Zara and Mike Tindall caused searches for ‘royal baby’ to jump 150 percent when he was born in March 2021. The births of August Philip, the first child of Princess Eugenie, and Sienna Elizabeth, the first child of Princess Beatrice, came seventh and eighth on the list. They said: “The births of royal babies always capture the fascination and wonder of the public from the moment that royal pregnancies are first announced, to the first photographs and news footage of the parents cradling their royal newborns, often wrapped in a traditional G.H Hurt shawl.
“The fact that it is Archie, the first son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose birth created a bigger buzz than other royal babies is a huge testament to the power of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “They create an electrifying mixture of royal precedence, A-list stardom and celebrity that keeps the world engaged with everything that they do.
“While we might assume that the birth of Prince Harry’s first baby should naturally create less interest than the birth of Prince George (heir to the throne of England), Meghan and Harry’s refusal to release many details to the media of the pregnancy and new royal baby may have worked to keep the public even more fascinated with every detail of baby Archie. “This is in comparison to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who stood outside the hospital and revealed each of their royal babies to the world just hours after their births.
“It is also important to note that the birth of Archie as seventh in line to the throne and the first mixed-race royal baby in the British Royal Family was absolutely monumental, and made history. “Given that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very unlikely to ever ascend the throne, the couple can break away from the mould and give their children a greater degree of privacy than Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“However, the power of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to spark fascination wherever they go, means that even the minor details they have released about each of their babies, Archie and Lilibet, have caused absolute waves across the world.”