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10th Sep 2019

These are the names Prince Charles had originally picked for William and Harry

They are pretty different!

Trine Jensen-Burke

When it comes to picking a name for a newborn, royals usually have to abide by rules that are a little stricter than us mere mortals have to worry about.

Especially when it comes to the British royals, who have long favoured traditional throne-worthy monikers such as Victoria, Elizabeth, George and Philip. Which is obviously what was expected when the late Princess Diana gave birth to her sons too.

However, it would seem royals are not too different from the rest of us when it comes to being able to agree on baby names.

In an interview with Andrew Morton for her 1992 book ‘Diana: Her Story,’ the Princess of Wales was asked: ‘who chose [Harry’s] name?’, to which she replied: ‘I did’.

Speaking about how her boys got their names, it seems things would have looked a little different had she let Charles be in charge.

‘I chose William and Harry, but Charles did the rest. He wanted Albert and Arthur, and I said no. Too old!’

However, she did let her husband have a go at picking second names (William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis and Harry’s birth moniker is Henry Charles Albert David).

What this means, also, is that William, if and when he inherits the throne, can opt to use any of his given names as King of England.