Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Baby Names: What Will They Name Their Royal Baby?

While their due date is still months away, predictions are already rolling in for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby names. And, many royal family fans want to know: What will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex name their first child? Keep reading for top predictions, plus some of the strict royal family name rules Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby names must follow.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby names

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t due until spring 2016, but predictions are already underway for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby names. According to People, Victoria, Alice, and Elizabeth are all tied as top contenders for royal baby name predictions. If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a boy, the predictions are Albert, Arthur, and Alexander. Diana and Charles are also popular predictions (and already included in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children’s names).

If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby has an official prince or princess title (which is highly likely), they will go by the Prince or Princess of Sussex for a majority of their lives. Once they reach majority or marriage, the monarch (which, by then, could be their Uncle William) could grant them a new title. Their title could also change if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s title changes.

Royal family name rules the couple must follow

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby names don’t just come from their own ideas. As it turns out, they also consider the royal family name rules. But, it looks like Queen Elizabeth II isn’t the only one with opinions. “We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone, we’re going to sit down and have a look at them,” Meghan Markle allegedly mentioned while on a royal tour of Australia.

Here are the royal family name rules Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must follow when selecting baby names for their future prince or princess.

No surname

While the royal family does have a last name (it’s Mountbatten-Windsor!) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s won’t have to consider it when naming their first child. So long as he or she has a His or Her Royal Highness title (which is very likely), the royal family last name doesn’t apply. However, should their son or daughter need a last name for school or military purposes, they can use either Mountbatten-Windsor or go by their family’s house name, Sussex.

Prioritize royal family names

Although Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland are very close, the Duchess of Sussex likely won’t name her baby after her mother. It’s not completely against the rules, but royal family names must be prioritized above all others. That means Victoria, Elizabeth, Margaret, Anne, and other royal names are more likely to be considered.

Select at least three names

The royal family is no stranger to long full names — and lots of middle names. In fact, most members have at least two to three names. To stay in line with tradition, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby names must include a first name and at least two middle names.

Consider the first impression

A first impression is important to the royals, so if a family name is associated with a bad first impression, they likely won’t name their baby that. Even if they like the name in general and aren’t naming it after a specific person, the name could still be tainted by someone’s bad decisions or reputation.

Take all the time you need

Choosing a royal baby name is no easy task. Therefore, the palace allows royals enough time to think about the decision. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could announce their baby’s name a week after its arrival, just like Kate Middleton and Prince William did after Prince Louis was born.

Consult the queen

Everything the royal family does involves the queen, so it should come of no surprise that she is involved in the process. While her opinions don’t have to determine a name but are still highly respected. And, chances are, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will honor her selections or opinions.

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