Apparently, There Won't Be a Bushfire Plane Named After Archie
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have respectfully declined the honor.
In the wake of the Australian bushfires, the New South Wales government wanted to name one of the air tankers after Archie, the not-royal, very much civilian son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. And because the former Sussexes want their son's life to be as normal as possible, the two of them turned down the honor, saying that the gesture was "kind," but noting that Archie has "not yet entered public life."
The report comes courtesy of Australia's Sunday Telegraph and that the local government had intended it as a way to honor Archie, since Australia was where Harry and Meghan were when they announced that they'd be expecting a child back in 2018. The plane, a Large Air Tanker (LAT), was purchased for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) and saw action in 2019 and early 2020 as fires ravaged the Australian continent. Residents of the area saw the plane as a sign of reassurance as it battled the flames and served as a beacon of hope for families facing the disaster.
The couple is using Archie's names as part of the philanthropic, post-royal endeavors, however. Last week, the two announced that their nonprofit would be called Archewell and Dr. Jane Goodall mentioned to the Daily Mail's Weekend Magazine that she saw Harry rejecting the idea of his son following the formalities of royal life.
"I made Archie do the Queen’s wave, saying, 'I suppose he’ll have to learn this.' Harry said, 'No, he’s not growing up like that,'" Goodall explained. It seems that having rescue planes named after him is part of that royal protocol. For now, it seems like the 11-month-old will have to be satisfied with a nonprofit.