The baby naming rule Meghan and Harry have to follow

By Ally Parker November 7, 2018


So, it turns out that all those romcoms that paint the life of a prince or princess as 'tough' and 'constrictive' and 'make turning into a frog seem fun' aren't all that far from the truth.

Case in point: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's future baby name/s.

Carolyn Harris, author of Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting, recently spoke to Vogue Australia, explaining that those higher up the line of succession have less freedom of name choice:

“The further down the line of succession, the more likely you are to have a more unique or untraditional name,” Harris told Vogue Australia.

“We see, from the diversity of names among the Queen’s descendants, that the Queen does seem willing to allow the descendants to choose their own names.”


While there isn't a line of demarcation defining when this rule kicks in, it's believed that Hazza and Megs will have significantly more wiggle room than William and Kate.

That being said, other royal commentators have advised that Meghan and Harry will be expected to follow royal tradition in another way. Specifically, waiting several days to publicly release their baby’s name so they can tell the Queen and fam first.

“Royals, however, also have to consider the great responsibility in naming a new member of the family and I expect they want to be a hundred per cent certain of their choice before announcing the name and sealing the baby’s place in history,” Victoria Arbiter, a royal commentator, told Town and Country.

Bets are already been placed as the name of the future royal baby with Town and Country citing frontrunners, Victoria, Albert, Diana - of course - as well as Arthur and Alice thanks to a strong tradition of family names being handed down.

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