How Many Names Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Give Their Baby?

Spring is almost here, which means so is the royal baby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pregnant with their firstborn and their alleged due date is late-April. And although the public doesn’t typically learn of a royal baby’s name until a week or so after their arrival, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have likely already thought about (and maybe even decided on) their royal baby’s name.

Before solidifying their baby’s name, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex must follow the royal nam rules, which requires them to choose multiple middle names. How many names will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle give their baby? Find out, ahead.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby names

Deciding on one baby name is hard enough as it is. And, although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex likely have their favorites, the mother- and father-to-be must consider a few options for middle names, too.

In the royal family having just a first name and one middle name is uncommon (unless, of course, they married into the family like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle did). Instead, most royals have at least two middle names and some even have three.

It’s not entirely clear how many names Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan on giving their royal baby. However, their niece and nephews (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis) each have two middle names and Prince William, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles all have three. So, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex probably won’t go with more than three.

Royal name rules the Duke and Duchess of Sussex must follow

In addition to giving their baby multiple middle names, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must follow the queen’s royal name rules when deciding what to call their firstborn (and any other future children). Take a look at Her Majesty’s royal name rules, ahead.

Consult the queen

While Queen Elizabeth doesn’t make the final decision on a royal baby name, her opinion matters. Before finalizing their choices, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely sit down with Her Majesty to discuss their options. If the queen doesn’t approve of a name, they might consider changing it not because they have to but because they respect her and want to include her on the important task of naming a royal baby.

Choose a family name

If they have a girl, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could break royal protocol and name their daughter after the duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland. However, they will most likely stick to a royal name, as it’s the tradition. In the royal family, parents-to-be must consider prominent royal family members and name their children in honor of them. Case in point: Prince George is named after Queen Elizabeth’s father and Princess Charlotte’s middle names are Diana and Elizabeth, after the queen and Princess Diana.

Consider reputation

In addition to choosing a royal family name, parents-to-be must also consider the name’s reputation. Even if they like a certain name, they typically won’t choose it if the royal doesn’t have a good reputation or was made famous for something negative.

Don’t announce the name right away

Most royals don’t share their baby’s name at the same time as their birth announcement. That’s because they usually don’t know their baby’s gender ahead of their birth and might require some more time to think about a name. However, even if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle already know the baby’s gender and have decided on a name, they might wait until a week or so after welcoming their firstborn to share his or her name.

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