The world waited four days after the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child to learn the royal baby boy's name: Louis Arthur Charles. Louis, which is also one of big brother Prince George’s middle names, carries great meaning to the royal parents: it is likely a tribute to Prince Philip, whose grandfather was Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg. The name is also special to William’s own father, Prince Charles, whose beloved great-uncle and mentor, Earl Louis Mountbatten, was assassinated by the IRA in 1979.
William and Kate announced Prince George’s and Princess Charlotte‘s names two days after their royal arrivals. And these reveals are fairly quick by royal standards: Princes William’s name wasn’t announced for a week and Prince Charles’ for an entire month!
Betting company Coral has the top picks as Alexander, Spencer and Arthur.
Other names in the running include Alfred and Charles.
Meghan and Harry have been open to name suggestions during the Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy. During their visit the town of Birkenhead in January, the royal parents-to-be were excited to speak about their impending arrival with the crowd gathered at Hamilton Square. A 7-year-old girl named Megan Dudley even offered a name suggestion for the baby.
Dudley told reporters, “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.’"
We can't wait to see what Harry and Meghan come up with!
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