The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child four days ago… but there’s no name just yet!
And according to experts, there could be a very good reason for that.
It’s been suggested William, 35, and Kate, 36, are waiting until the baby’s grandfather, Prince Charles, can meet the newborn.
It’s been reported Charles, 69, was in Scotland on a private break when the baby was born on Monday, before he travelled to France for Anzac Day commemorations yesterday.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter tweeted: “So, no baby name today. Can only assume they’re waiting for Charles to get back from France to meet his new grandson first. Can’t complain about that.”
So, no baby name today. Can only assume they’re waiting for Charles to get back from France to meet his new grandson first. Can’t complain about that.
— Victoria Arbiter (@victoriaarbiter) April 25, 2018
ITV’s Lorraine also echoed that, with the programme’s showbiz expert pointing out Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s names were both announced to the public two days after their births.
“With George and Charlotte, there was a two-day break between them leaving hospital and revealing the names,” said Dan Wootton.
“But it appears the delay this time is the royal couple want Prince Charles to meet the baby before they announce the name.
“Of course, he’s been in France for the Anzac commemoration and hasn’t had that meeting yet.
“Everyone is on tenterhooks today thinking the name could be revealed!”
While Charles hasn’t met the baby yet, he did issue a statement following the birth, saying: “We are both so pleased at the news. It’s a great joy to have another grandchild. The only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”
The bookies’ favourite for the baby’s name is Arthur, with other suggestions including Albert, James or Philip, the later, of course, being in honour of William’s grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.
William made his first public appearance since his son’s birth yesterday, where he joked about baby names but didn’t let anything slip.
At an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey, Alexander Downer, the Australian High Commissioner, told William he thought Alexander was a good name, to which Wills replied: “Funny you should say that… It’s a good name.”
William then met Sir Jerry Mateparae, the New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, and agreed with him that Jerry is a “strong” name.
“It’s a strong name, I have to say,” he said.
However, many feel Alexander is an unlikely choice given it’s one of Prince George’s middle names.
According to BBC News, there’s no official protocol when it comes to naming a royal baby, but it’s only polite for the Queen to be asked for her approval.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: “When you choose a name for a royal baby there’s the personal [preference]; there’s the link with the royals past and present; but also you think about the public.
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“The Queen would obviously be consulted and, while she might not necessarily intervene and prevent a name from being used, she would certainly be aware of the name, long before any public announcement.”
Could today be the day? We shall wait and see!
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