Princess Charlotte: this reason why Kate and William didn’t name her after Elizabeth II or Diana

Princess Charlotte: this reason why Kate and William didn’t name her after Elizabeth II or Diana
Princess Charlotte: this reason why Kate and William didn’t name her after Elizabeth II or Diana

THE first names of members of royal families are part of those traditional elements which regularly return in the form of homage. This is why, when it was announced that the couple formed by Prince William and Kate were expecting a girl, speculation arose about two possible first names: Elizabeth or Diana. The first name was then that of the reigning monarch, William’s grandmother and identical to that of his great-grandmother the Queen Mother, while Diana would have paid homage to Princess Diana, William’s mother.

But it’s the first name Charlotte which was chosen to name the little girl born on May 2, 2015. The first names Elizabeth and Diana are still part of her identity since her full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. But if Kate and William did not want to give him the first name of his grandmother or his great-grandmother, it is above all to protect Charlotte.

William and Kate wanted to protect Charlotte

As royal expert Richard Kay explained to the Mirror, the Prince and Princess of Wales decided not to name their daughter after a recent woman in royal history to avoid comparisons. According to the expert in question, this is a wise decision which prevents Princess Charlotte from finding herself in an uncomfortable position that would have followed her all her life. Indeed, with a first name like that of the Queen of the United Kingdom then in place or like that of the “princess of hearts”, the daughter of William and Kate would have been subjected to a standard – conscious or unconscious – particularly high on the part of public.

I think it’s particularly wise of William not to give Charlotte his mother’s first name. Anything she did or said would have been compared. By giving her Diana as her middle name, that means Diana is still around” emphasized Richard Kay. And although Queen Elizabeth II died a few years after the birth of Princess Charlotte, she will remain a historical figure in many aspects, making the comparison difficult to avoid.

Harry and Meghan paid tribute to the Queen

For their part, the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not, however, hesitate to use one of Queen Elizabeth II’s nicknames to name their daughter Lilibet. The fact that it is a nickname has the advantage of already putting a little distance in relation to the historical figure associated with Elizabeth’s first name. You should also know that the spokesperson for the Sussexes made it clear that Prince Harry had asked his grandmother for permission to name his daughter after her, an authorization which he had received.

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