As soon as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they’re expecting a baby girl, fans started flooding social media with name predictions for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s second baby. So what will Meghan and Harry’s first daughter be named? Well, looks like they hinted at her name way back when they were expecting their first child in 2019.
In 2019, Meghan and Harry visited the town of Birkenhead in the United Kingdom where they heard name suggestions from students. A 7-year-old girl named Megan Dudley spoke with Meghan at the event and learned that their friends both call them “Meg.” She even offered a name suggestion for a baby. “I asked her whether she would call her baby Amy if she has a girl, and she said, ‘That’s a really pretty name, I like it. We’ll have to think about it,'” Dudley told reporters at the time.
During the same royal engagement, Harry also showed interest in the name “Lily,” asking a mother how she spelled her daughter’s flower-themed name. While at an engagement in Melbourne in 2018, the couple also met a well-wisher with a baby named Harriet, which is the female version of Harry’s own name. The fan told the Sunday Express that Harry said, “That’s a great name.”
Among the top contenders is also “Diana” after Harry’s late mother, the Princess of Wales—but what are the chances the Sussexes will name their daughter after the people’s princess? According to a source who spoke to The New York Post’s Page Six on March 8, it is “highly unlikely” that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will name their daughter after his mother. “They are highly unlikely to call their daughter Diana,” the source explained. “Their biggest concern is that it would make her a bigger target for the media, and considerably increase public interest in the child’s life.”
“Whatever anybody thinks, Harry and Meghan do value their privacy and want to shield their children from the intense media pressure they have endured,” the source continued. The couple also worry that the name “would place too much pressure on the child and make everything difficult, from enrolling her in school to travel. And they want her to find her own way in life,” the insider added.
While Meghan and Harry’s baby may not get Diana as a first name, there’s a possibility they will consider it for her middle name—but it’s a slim chance, considering that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 5-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte, also has Diana as her middle name. The source tells Page Six that the Sussexes may avoid it altogether, as they “have not enjoyed the feeling they have been compared to—and pitted against—William and Kate in the media and by the palace.”
After the death of Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip in April, the site Ladbrokes has reported growth in the name Philippa for Meghan and Harry’s daughter. However, in the past month, the odds have been slashed to 3/1. The support for baby Philippa is showing no signs of slowing down, and we’ve been forced to trim the odds again that it’s the name for Harry and Meghan’s daughter,” said Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes in a statement.
Harry and Meghan announced their baby’s gender during their CBS interview, Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special on March 7. “It’s a girl,” the couple revealed. The Duke of Sussex said he was “just grateful” to be having a baby girl. “To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing,” he told host Oprah. “But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean, what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.” The couple are already parents to 2-year-old son Archie.