Prince George had a strange link to his cousin Archie before he was born

This is so funny

Prince George of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
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Prince George had a weirdly prescient moment at the age of 5.

Here's what happened: before Prince Archie was born, George was out and about with his maternal grandmother Carole Middleton in Berkshire, when a woman walking her dog spotted the duo.

The woman began chatting to little George, and asked him his name, to which he — amazingly — responded "Archie."

"I was asked by a police minder not to take a photo of the children, which I didn’t, but George started stroking my dog. Just to be friendly I engaged in a bit of small talk and I asked George what his name was, even though obviously I knew it," the woman told The Sun back in 2019 (via the Mirror).

"To my astonishment he said 'I’m called Archie' with a big smile on his face. I don’t know why he calls himself Archie but kids often play with their names and I think it’s lovely."

Months later, George's cousin Archie was born! We wonder if this was all a coincidence, or if Uncle Harry and Auntie Meghan had confided in the little boy that they liked the name, and whether he decided that he might quite like it for himself as well.

Another theory is that royals often use code names for privacy reasons, such as the hilarious moment Princess Kate once referred to herself as "Mrs. Cambridge" in a shop in Wales.

Perhaps George wanted in on the action, and knew that being a royal means you have to be a touch more discreet than other people at times — including not revealing personal details to strangers (which, to be fair, is good practice for any child).

Or perhaps we're reading too much into it, and George was simply playing around like any child might do. Either way, we absolutely love this sweet anecdote.

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.