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When no Archie fits the princely bill, a wizardly F.A.R.T. ...



When no Archie fits the princely bill, a wizardly F.A.R.T. breezes in

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Details have not yet been released, but details are never necessary to create delirium, and a right royal fever has been raging among even the most ardent decolonialists since the announcement that Harry, Meghan and Archie are to make a brief visit to SA.

Most of the excitement is about Archie of course, and I believe that our fascination with the royal sprog is precisely because he is called Archie. Would we be as enthralled with a princeling, albeit a titleless one, called Frederick or Arthur or Stan? Of course not.

Archie (not Archibald) Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor started entertaining us the moment we heard his name. Which real or fictional Archie might have inspired the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to give their baby a name previously unknown in any monarchy?..

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