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British Columbia's Archie Windsor laughs about royal baby name connection

A B.C. man discovers he now shares the same first and last name with the latest Royal baby. Duncan, B.C., resident Archie Windsor says the only other Archie he'd been compared to is Archie Bunker, a grouchy fictional TV character from All in the Family in the 1970s.

Windsor says the only Archie he has ever been compared to is the 1970s grouchy TV sitcom dad Archie Bunker

Archie Windsor holds his grandson in an undated family handout photo supplied by Windsor. At first, Archie Windsor of Duncan, B.C., says he was shocked to learn he had the same last name as the newest Royal, then he saw the humour. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

At first, Archie Windsor of Duncan, B.C., says he was shocked to learn he had the same last name as the newest royal, but then he saw the humour.

"My father worked in the woods all his life and his nickname was Duke," Windsor said with a chuckle in an interview from his Vancouver Island home. "I thought it was very hilarious."

Windsor, who's 71, first heard about the connection in a conversation with his daughter in Edmonton on Wednesday.

"I said wouldn't it be funny if she used one of my middle names, Arthur," he said.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Archie Arthur Nelson Windsor was named after his paternal grandfather from Peterborough, Ont.

He is the only Archie Windsor listed in the online phone book Canada411.

In this image made available by SussexRoyal on Wednesday May 8, 2019, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined by her mother Doria Ragland, show their new son to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. (The Associated Press/Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal )

When asked if he was a fan of the monarchy, Windsor said he hadn't given it much thought.

He said he respects what Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, have done for charities.

"They've got a good grasp on what's going on in the world," he said. "They do a lot of good work as far as I'm concerned."

Windsor said he wasn't planning any celebration over the connection to his "nephew," and instead will simply head back to work driving a transport truck, the same thing he's done for the last 50 years.

He agreed he was probably in for a ribbing about the name connection from friends and family.

"I think it's great," he said, chuckling.

A scene from a 1981 episode of the Archie Bunker's Place television series, with Carroll O'Connor who played the character Archie Bunker. (The Associated Press)

The only other Archie that Windsor said he'd been compared to is Archie Bunker, a grouchy fictional TV character from All in the Family in the 1970s.

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