Would Queen Elizabeth Approve of the Name Diana for Baby Sussex?

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for the newest addition to their family, there’s just one thought on everyone’s minds: What are they going to choose for a name?

The frenzy surrounding the royal baby name has reached a fever pitch. Baby Sussex has already broken the record for most money spent on placing bets. Some of the top name contenders include Victoria, Elizabeth, and Alice for a girl and Albert, Philip, Henry, or Charles for a boy. Most people agree that the couple will choose a traditional name.

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

But the most popular topic of discussion by far is whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will honor the child’s late grandmother Princess Diana with their baby name. Royal fans predict that they’ll either use the name Diana for a girl or even Spencer for a boy (Spencer was Princess Diana’s surname).

The one thing they’re all forgetting? Queen Elizabeth usually approves of the name selection. There’s a good chance she won’t allow the new royal baby to be named Diana.

Why does Queen Elizabeth have to approve the royal baby’s name?

The one reason you’ll never find a royal baby named Moon Unit or Apple is because the Queen herself approves all names for new babies in the family. In fact, she’s one of the few people who probably already knows what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning to name their little one.

Queen Elizabeth with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex | John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Queen doesn’t choose royal baby names and ultimately Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make the final decision on what to call Baby Sussex. But as a sign of respect, they will follow protocol and consult the Queen before making a final decision. And if she advises against their choice, it’s very unlikely that they’d still go with it.

Would the Queen ever agree to the name Diana?

Despite what most people think, it’s pretty unlikely that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will choose the name Diana for their baby. If they were to bring the suggestion to the Queen, she’d likely try to talk them out of it simply because it would be a controversial decision. For one thing, Princess Diana had a notoriously complicated relationship with the press and with the royal family. Choosing that name would place a lot of pressure and expectations on a young child. In short – it comes with baggage.

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana
Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana | Jayne Fincher/Getty Images

Then there’s the whole issue of Prince Harry’s stepmother, Camilla Parker-Bowles. Even if the affair between Camilla and Prince Charles happened years ago, people still talk about it as if it was yesterday. Naming the baby Diana would bring up old wounds and could even make Camilla uncomfortable. It just doesn’t seem worth it.

Still, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have broken royal rules and traditions before. If it’s important enough for Prince Harry to name his little girl after his beloved mother, then he’s going to do it. Even if his grandmother the Queen doesn’t want him to.

Are there other ways to honor Princess Diana?

Prince Harry took his mother’s death hard. Over the years, he’s found some meaningful ways to honor her and sustain her legacy. But now that he’s close to having a child of his own, surely he’s missing his mom all over again. It makes sense that he’d want to honor her with the name.

Prince William chose to do so by using the name Diana as Princess Charlotte’s middle name. It’s much more likely that Prince Harry will do the same with his own daughter.

We’ll all find out in a few weeks what name this royal baby will have!