What Would Princess Diana Think About Baby Sussex Being Named After Her?

The countdown is officially on as the world waits to welcome a brand new royal baby. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby is due in late April or early May, and the expectant parents are soon going to start winding down their public appearances as they prepare for their baby.

Speculation has been ongoing as to whether they will have a boy or girl, and fans are even more curious as to what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be naming their bundle of joy. How will Princess Diana’s legacy factor into the name?

What names are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle considering?

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle haven’t given their fans any hints as to what names they are considering, and remain tight-lipped about the baby’s gender as well, they do have some guidelines to follow when it comes to choosing the perfect baby name. Royal names will be given precedence, which means that specific family names from Markle’s side of the family likely won’t be given much consideration. Royal names that could be considered, based on family history, could include Alexander or Arthur for a boy and Victoria or Elizabeth for a girl. 

There are a lot of opinions to take into consideration for a monumental task like naming a new member of the royal family. The queen herself, Prince Harry’s grandmother, will be presented with the name ahead of time, and while her opinion won’t make or break the decision-making process, it will obviously be taken into high consideration. There’s also the matter of quantity to consider – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby will likely have two or even three names according to royal tradition – a first name and two middle names to complement it.

Would Princess Diana like the baby being named after her?

With three total names to be chosen for the new royal baby, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have quite the task ahead of them. One thing’s for certain – the public seems to favor one name in particular, for highly sentimental reasons. Fans seem to love the idea of giving the new royal baby the first name of Diana, should the baby be a girl.

Princess Diana, Prince Harry’s mother, passed away when he was only 12 years old. Princess Diana was known as “the people’s Princess,” and still holds a special place in the public’s heart. It seems as though naming her grandchild after her would be the ultimate tribute. However, that name might hold more weight than what it might first seem.

According to some royal insiders, naming the baby Diana could cause a lot of pressure on the child, especially as she grew up in the public eye. Knowing the troubled history that Princess Diana had with the media, and especially considering the tragic way in which she died, the name Diana could draw comparisons that could make the child’s life very difficult. Those insiders claim that Princess Diana wouldn’t want her grandchild to have any undue baggage or burdens.

One option to honor Princess Diana

One option, if the baby is a girl, is to use Diana as one of the baby’s middle names. Prince William and Kate Middleton have already done this with their daughter, and it is a much more gentle way of passing Princess Diana’s legacy down and honoring her when her new grandchild is born. Either way, whatever name Prince Harry and Meghan Markle end up choosing, it is certain that the late Princess Diana would be absolutely overjoyed to see her beloved sons growing their families and bringing new babies into the world. For her, that alone would certainly be enough of a tribute to her legacy.