Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Could Choose This Baby Name Inspired by Princess Diana

The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby name rumors are in full swing and, while many royal fans believe the couple will choose something traditional, there’s a possible name with an interesting Princess Diana connection that’s come to the forefront.

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Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle name their baby Allegra?

The latest Baby Sussex name rumor is probably the most interesting one yet — Allegra. Betting company Ladbrokes notes that Allegra has become the sixth most likely name that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could choose, with 12/1 odds. The frontrunners for girls names are Diana and Grace at 6/1 and Elizabeth at 8/1. Victoria has 16/1 odds.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes explained why the name is interesting, noting: “We’re scratching our heads as to why we’ve seen so much interest in Allegra, but the bets are coming in thick and fast and it’s been by far the most popular pick of the month with punters.”

The name, it turns out, has an interesting Princess Diana connection, with a 2004 report from The Evening Standard claiming that Princess Diana wanted to have a baby girl with her rumored boyfriend Hasnat Khan.

A source noted at the time: “The princess was desperately in love with Hasnat Khan. She was even talking about marrying him and having his baby. It was her dream. She thought of a name for her, Allegra, after her friend Lady Annabel Goldsmith mentioned it. She heard the name and thought it was beautiful.”

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What does the name Allegra mean?

While the name has a Princess Diana connection, it also has a beautiful meaning, Allegra, Italian in origin, means cheerful or joyous. Fans have also noted that the name’s origin is significant as Meghan has said that Italy is one of her favorite travel destinations and she named her former blog The Tig, after the Italian wine Tignanello. Meghan and Harry had traveled to Italy in the weeks after their royal wedding.

Did the Royal Family website reveal Baby Sussex’s name?

Curious fans thought they might have discovered the name that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning to name their firstborn when they found a mistake on the Royal Family website.

While poking around the site, it was discovered that the royal children have their own pages, so if you visit www.royal.uk/princess-charlotte, you’ll find information about Princess Charlotte. Adding /prince-george or /prince-louis directs you to Prince George and Prince Louis’ official pages.

Fans believed they found a Baby Sussex name leak when they started to plug in various names and were redirected to the home page of the site, indicating that the URls were reserved for the names “/prince-arthur,” “/prince-alexander” and “/prince-james” but aren’t live yet. Other names that were tested got a “page not found” message.

The detective work seemed to uncover that Prince Harry and Markle are having a baby boy and he will be named either Arthur, Alexander, or James.

Buckingham Palace responded

Buckingham Palace cleared things up, with a palace spokeswoman telling Yahoo UK: “A large number of search term redirects were set up some time ago on royal.uk. This was in order to improve user experience. For guidance you will note that other names preceded by ‘prince’ or ‘princess’ produce the same result.”