Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Name Their Baby Right Away?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby is due any day now! According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their firstborn baby sometime at the end of April (and, possibly even early May). That said, this royal birth likely won’t be like the others. From the birth plan to Baby Sussex’s name, royal family fans can expect some changes to royal baby traditions — starting with the name

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Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle name their baby right away? It’s possible. In the past, royal parents-to-be typically introduce their child to the public following its arrival, then lay low as a family for a week or so before announcing the baby’s name. While it’s not the case for every situation, some of the reasons for the delayed name announcement could have something to do with when royal parents actually name their baby.

If the baby’s gender is known ahead of time — which isn’t typically the case — royal parents-to-be might have an idea (or some top picks) of what they want to call their child. That said, they must first run it by the queen and get her stamp of approval before making any final decisions. If they don’t know the gender of their baby, they might still have some top picks for girl and boy names but could take some time after birth to mull it over.

Despite the break from tradition, many believe that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle know whether they are having a boy or a girl. If that is the case, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might already have their hearts set on a name, which means they could name their baby right away. In America, many moms and dads-to-be decide on their future baby’s name before its arrival and it’s possible that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry carry out that tradition.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby names

If the Duke and Duchess of Sussex don’t already have a name picked out, they could do a quick Google search and discover some excellent, note-worthy options via royal fan suggestions.

Some of the top picks for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby’s name are so thoughtful and on-brand with the duke and duchess’s passions. Here are some of the most loved royal baby names on the internet right now.

Diana: To state the obvious, everyone wants Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to honor Princess Diana by naming their daughter after Prince Harry’s late mother.

Elizabeth: Elizabeth is another popular royal baby girl name, for obvious reasons. As the longest-reigning monarch and Prince Harry’s grandmother, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might consider naming their bundle of joy after Queen Elizabeth.

Victoria: Another popular option? Victoria, after Queen Victoria. Naming their daughter after the strong leader could be a unique way to symbolize the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s feminist ideals.

Alexandra: Lastly, some want Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to name their baby Alexandra, which means “helper of mankind.” The name would pay homage to their philanthropic interests.

Spencer: If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome a baby boy, some think they could honor Princess Diana and name him after her maiden name, Spencer.

Charles: In the royal family, it’s common to name your baby after monarchs and family members. As the future king, Prince Harry’s father, and Baby Sussex’s grandfather, Charles would make an excellent pick.

Philip: Rumor has it, Prince Harry is very close to his grandfather, Prince Philip — which is why some believe he will name his son after the Duke of Edinburgh.

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