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Protocol Meghan and Harry must follow for choosing royal baby name

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 7/11/2018 Hannah Moran

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Choosing the name for your baby isn’t exactly an easy task, but it’s even more stressful and complicated when you’re restricted when it comes to what you can actually pick…

That’s how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry must be feeling right about now, as protocol dictates they must pick a baby name from a list of royal-approved choices.

Meghan and Harry announced they were expecting their first child last month, and while they have a few months to go before they need to make a decision about what to call their baby, it’s no doubt something that’s playing on their minds.

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They’re in a very different situation to most parents, in that the Queen basically needs to approve of their royal baby name.

a group of people around each other: Pic: Getty © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Pic: Getty Members of the royal family don’t tend to announce their baby name choice immediately after giving birth, and Meghan and Harry are expected to wait several days before making their name announcement.

According to royal expert Victoria Arbiter, protocol dictates that the rest of the family – and the Queen in particular – must be made aware of the baby’s name before it can be revealed to the public.

a man and a woman standing in front of a building © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Speaking to Town and Country magazine, Victoria said there are two reasons for the royal baby announcement method.

‘On one hand there’s a desire to inform the families before a public declaration is made and any new parent appreciates having a little private time to get to know their new addition before the onslaught of announcements.’

a group of people sitting at a table with wine glasses: harry-and-Meghan-lunch © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland harry-and-Meghan-lunch Royals however, also have to considered the great responsibility in naming a new member of the family and I expect they want to be a hundred percent certain of their choice before announcing the name and sealing the baby’s place in history.’

Kate Middleton and Prince William waited two days before they announced the names of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and four days before announcing Prince Louis’ name.

Another aspect of royal pregnancy that differs to most is that they’re not supposed to find out the baby’s gender before they are born – something Kate and William also adhered to.

a man standing next to a tree: Pic: Getty © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Pic: Getty Unlike Harry’s older brother, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have more freedom when it comes to how public their child’s life will be.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will remain in the public eye throughout their lives – owing to their positions in the line of succession.

Harry and Meghan’s children meanwhile, will be much further down the line, and so they are expected to be able to live relatively normal lives – in the same manner as Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have separate lives and jobs away from being royalty.

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