What Would Happen If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Named Their Baby Without the Queen’s Approval?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are just days away from welcoming their new child; the baby is due in late April, which Meghan revealed toward the beginning of her pregnancy. Fans of the royals have been fixated on what Meghan and Harry will name their baby and whether Queen Elizabeth would approve of certain names or not. But what would happen if the couple named their baby without the queen’s approval?

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Meghan and Harry are excited to welcome a new baby

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex should be welcoming a new baby within the next few days, if Meghan gives birth on her original due date. The couple had been excited about starting a family since before they were even married; they often gushed about the idea of having kids, and those close to Harry say he’s been ready to have children for years. Meghan and Harry only began dating in 2016 and were engaged in 2017. They wed in 2018, and 2019 is the year of the baby. Although things have moved quickly between the two, they seem to be settling nicely into their new lives together.

Fans think there’s a good chance the couple will name the baby Diana if they have a girl

Fans have been back and forth about what Meghan and Harry will call their child, but one thing seems certain among the public: If Meghan and Harry have a girl, they will name her Diana. While neither the duke nor the duchess has hinted at a baby name, Harry and his mother were very close, and it would be a nice way to pay homage to her. If the baby is a girl and her first name isn’t Diana, it will probably serve as a middle name at the very least.

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Harry and Meghan are very close to welcoming a new baby.

Queen Elizabeth tends to prefer that baby names stick to royal tradition

The queen loves royal tradition, and that goes for baby names as well. According to Independent, there have been 12 royal babies named Albert and nine named Victoria over the past two centuries. And there have been plenty of Georges, too. If it were up to the queen, Meghan and Harry would name their baby something traditional, but everyone knows this royal couple tends to stray from tradition anywhere they can.

Since this baby will be so far down the line to the throne, the name has more flexibility to the queen

While the queen might want Meghan and Harry to stick to a family name, she probably wouldn’t do anything about it if they didn’t. Baby Sussex is far enough down the line for the throne that he or she will most likely never rule. And for that reason, it doesn’t matter too much if the child is called something a little more unique. Princess Eugenie, who is a cousin to Harry and Will, also has a name that isn’t heard much around the royal family. But since she’s far down the line, it isn’t much of a problem. Plus, the queen has also probably learned that royal family traditions are becoming a bit more modernized, whether she likes it or not.