Will Queen Elizabeth Choose Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Name for Them?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are one day closer to meeting their baby. And, while they have already prepared the nursery with eucalyptus-infused paint and a high-tech monitor system, some things — such as their royal baby’s name — might not be as set in stone.

While some royals might know their top name picks ahead of time, most wait until after their little prince or princess is born to decide. The main reason for that likely has to do with the gender reveal, as it’s tradition to wait until the baby’s arrival to find out. However, rumor has it, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might already know their royal baby’s gender, which means they could also already have a name picked out. But, even if that’s the case, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex must first consult the queen.

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

Will Queen Elizabeth decide on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby name for them? Find out, plus discover name predictions for Baby Sussex, ahead.

Will Queen Elizabeth choose the royal baby’s name?

The public most-likely won’t find out Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby’s name until after the little prince or princess’s arrival. In fact, they might not even know what their firstborn’s name yet. And, they can’t come to a decision until they consult Queen Elizabeth.

As the monarch, Prince Harry’s grandmother (and his baby’s great-grandmother) must know about potential royal baby names ahead of time. Which is why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely consult the queen ahead of their due date (or possibly right after). And, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have the ultimate decision, the queen’s input is highly respected and could cause Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to change their mind.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby names

Even if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex don’t go with the queen’s suggestions, they still have to stick with some strict royal naming protocol. The most important royal name rule? Choosing a family name. But, not just any family name — a royal family name. That means Meghan Markle probably won’t name her daughter after her mother, Doria Ragland.

Although they can’t choose a name from Meghan’s side of the family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a lot of options to work with. If they have a baby girl, the parents-to-be might choose to name her after Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana. Additionally, their daughter might also use Elizabeth as a middle name (or even first name) in honor of the queen.

Some also believe the couple could choose the name Victoria after Queen Victoria, who ruled from 1837 to 1876. As proud feminists, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might want to pay tribute to the iconic ruler and name their daughter after her.

If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome a baby boy this spring, the parents-to-be have a lost list of potential royal names to choose from. Some believe the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could choose to call their firstborn Arthur, after the legendary King Arthur. Additionally, names like Albert, James, and Philip are also a maybe. But, perhaps one of the sweetest names is Spencer, in honor of Prince Harry’s mother’s maiden name. Spencer technically goes against royal name protocol, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are known to break the rules for a good cause.


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