Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Probably Name Their Son After Prince Philip — Here’s Why

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the proud new parents of a beautiful son, born yesterday, May 6, 2019, at 5:26 A.M. BST. And, following the royal baby’s arrival, the Duke of Sussex made an appearance to share the news, confirm that “mother and baby are doing incredibly well,” and announce that, despite having a little extra time to decide (the duchess was overdue!), they still don’t have a name picked out for the newest member of the royal family.

Luckily, they have some help as just about every royal family fan, members of the media, and gamblers placing bets on royal baby names have an opinion on what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should call their firstborn. Names like Arthur, Albert, and Charles are of course on the list. However, Philip is a top contender, too — and one that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are likely considering.

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Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle name their son after Prince Philip?

Prince Harry is notoriously close with his grandfather, Prince Philip. The royal family’s patriarch has supported his grandson throughout all stages of his life and was a big reason why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to get married so quickly after their engagement. After all, he is just one month shy of his 98th birthday (and was weeks away from his 97th birthday on the day of their royal wedding).

But, that’s not the only reason why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will probably name Baby Sussex after Prince Philip. In addition to the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with his grandfather, Prince William and Kate Middleton chose to not name their two sons after the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince George’s full name is “George Alexander Louis” and Prince Louis’s full name is “Louis Arthur Charles,” which means that Baby Sussex could finally be the one to honor his great-grandpa through his first or middle name.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby boy names

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex don’t just have the difficult task of choosing one first name and one middle name for their new bundle of joy. In the royal family, it’s common for most members to have at least two middle names (sometimes three or four!), which means that even if they choose to incorporate Philip into their baby’s name, they have a couple of other names to pick, too.

Here are the top contenders for royal baby boy names, including a super sweet one that pays homage to the late Princess Diana and Prince Harry’s more “commoner” roots.

Arthur: This iconic name honors the legendary King Arthur. Also part of Prince George’s full-name, Arthur represents leadership and dignity and leaves a good first impression — which is important to royal family members. Right now, the name is at the top of the list with 5/1 odds, according to Ladbrokes, a British-based gambling and betting company.

Albert: In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might name their son Albert, which was the late king’s birth name. When he ascended the throne, Prince Albert changed his name to one of his middle names, George.

Charles: Charles is another popular pick for royal baby names. However, gamblers aren’t so sure that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will name their child after the future king. Ladbrokes says this royal baby boy name has 16/1 odds.

Spencer: Some members of the media and royal family fans are rallying behind Spencer, as a way to honor Princess Diana. Inspired by her maiden name, Spencer not only represents Prince Harry’s mother, but also his connection to commoners and “normalcy,” which is something he wants for his son.

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