Relaxed Naming Requirements for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle May Lead to a Unique Name for the Couple’s First Child

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are quickly approaching the birth of their first child. Due around April, according to Cosmopolitan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are busy getting ready for their very special arrival, and one thing they’ll have to do is pick out a name. While naming a royal is serious business, Harry and Meghan are sure to have an easier time than Harry’s older brother William and sister-in-law Kate. The naming rules are a bit more relaxed when it comes to heirs who are lower on the list to suceed the throne.

Harry and Meghan Don’t Have to Pick a Name from the Royal Tree

While William and Kate were stuck choosing from a list of past royals, Harry and Meghan have far more freedom to pick a unique name. Because Harry has fallen to 6th in the line of succession, his firstborn child will be 7th in line. Because of this, a royal name is less important.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (AARON CHOWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Andrew, for example, had far more freedom than brother Charles when naming his daughters. Eugenie and Beatrice, soon to be 9th and 10th in the line of succession, have wildly unique names for royal family members. Even crazier is Savannah and Isla Phillips. At 15th and 16th in the line of succession, their parents were free to name them as they wished.

Meghan and Harry can choose a name from her family tree

Bookies have been eyeing the name Alvin for the newest royal baby. Alvin would honor Meghan’s grandfather. He was an antiques dealer and close to the family. The pair have the freedom to pull from Meghan’s family tree, a luxury not offered to William and Kate.

William and Kate have famously avoided the names of Kate’s family members. When their youngest was born many believed Michael would make an appearance in the youngest royal’s name, after Kate’s father, but that didn’t happen.

William and Kate are forced to prioritize royal names over the names from Kate’s family due to the children’s status in the line of succession. That won’t be a big problem for Harry and Meghan, so they’ll have a chance to pull from different sources of inspiration.

Meghan and Harry will still need to wait to announce the name

While naming rules aren’t as sringent for Meghan and Harry, it will still be several days after the birth before they reveal the name. According to royal tradition, the child’s name will be announced after the official announcement of his or her birth is made. The amount of time a royal waits to publish the name of their child depends on his or her place in the line of successions and the parents’ desires.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles waited a week to announce the name of Prince William, but just 24 hours after Prince Harry’s birth, according to Town and Country. Queen Elizabeth waited a month to share Charles’ full name in 1948. Meghan and Harry will make the final call on announcing the name, but they can’t do it before the official birth announcement is set up on an easel outside of the palace.