Royals vs Republic: Have Harry and Meghan turned Aussies into monarchists?
Prince Charles has revealed the many Australian names that were suggested to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
But somehow we don’t think they will make the cut, something the Prince of Wales seemed all too aware of during a speech at Australia House in London on Thursday.
Charles joked that Australians had proposed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex name their bub after Kylie Minogue and Shane Warne, as well as comedian Barry Humphries’ alter egos Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage.
“My son Harry tells me that during their recent tour of Australia he and his wife were offered… thoughtful suggestions for the naming of their baby,” Charles said.
“Just between us, I suspect Kylie and Shane made the cut. I would not hold your breath for Edna or Les.”
While Minogue and Warne may be Australian royalty, fans of the pair shouldn’t be holding their breath for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to pay tribute to either of them.
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UK bookies are predicting the couple will pick a traditionally royal name, with Victoria, Arthur, Albert and Diana hot favourites.
But the couple could still name their firstborn Shane if they really wanted to, as they will be further down the royal line of succession and have much more freedom.
“The further down the line of succession, the more likely you are to have a more unique or untraditional name,” Carolyn Harris, author of Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting, previously told Vogue Australia.
“We see, from the diversity of names among the Queen’s descendants, that the Queen does seem willing to allow the descendants to choose their own names.”
Meghan and Harry are still expected to follow royal protocol and not announce the name of their child until several days after the birth.
This is to allow them to tell senior members of the royal family such as Queen Elizabeth first and discreetly check the name is suitable.