Congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the birth of their son! Recently announced as Archie, we couldn’t help but wonder the significance of this name choice.
Sure, everyone loves to learn that Archie is short for Archibald and means ‘bold’ and ‘brave’, but do you know what intrigues us redheads more? Archie is also a rather boldly ginger and extremely famous comic book character, recently made famous by Netflix series Riverdale.
Could it be that Archie’s parents are hinting to us that he is indeed a redhead?
Speaking of which, what are the odds that the royal baby will be ginger? Here are the genetics…
Red hair comes from a recessive gene called MC1R and must be present in both parents’ genetics for the possibility of gingerness. If one parent doesn’t carry the ginger gene, the child will definitely not be ginger – both parents must carry it, whether they are redheads themselves or not. While Meghan is mixed race, this doesn’t mean she doesn’t have the MC1R ginger gene in her DNA. She may be what we call a ‘secret ginger’.
Let’s think positively. And let’s speak scientifically. If (and that’s a big ‘if’) Meghan does have the ginger gene, the couple has 50% chance of having a ginger baby. See below table for how this works.
If, however, the more likely outcome is that Meghan does not carry the ginger gene, then it is actually impossible for her children to have red hair. By looking at her family members, her half brother Thomas Markle Jr has red hair, so it’s possible that the MC1R gene came from his mother. Meghan is quite freckly, so that’s a good indication of the ginger gene.
All we know for now is, Archie’s cute little white hat is causing all sorts of wild theories!