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Princess Charlotte ‘will look up to Diana’

Two people who worked with Britain’s late Princess Diana have discussed her granddaughter Princess Charlotte, who was born on Saturday.

Diana’s son Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their second child into the world on Saturday morning. She is called Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, with her third name in honour of William’s late mother. Diana’s former private secretary has now spoken of how important that decision was.

“I'm sure it will prove an inspiration to the young princess as she grows up and comes to terms with her own royal duties, because her late grandmother's example would be very hard to beat,” Patrick Jephson told People.

“It can only be good for the standing of the royal family to find the Diana story continuing and the Diana name being honoured, because she remains a figure of worldwide respect and affection.”

The Princess of Wales’ former bodyguard Ken Wharfe has also commented on the name. He believes it is symbolic of how much William wants to keep his mother’s memory alive.

“It's a nice way of saying you can't airbrush my mother out of royal history," he suggested. "I'm sure there are some quarters of the family that wish it to be quiet, but William has led the field in making sure that his mother is still remembered. It was a poignant thing to do."

Patrick added that Diana – who is also mother to William’s brother Prince Harry, but got divorced from her sons’ father Prince Charles in 1996 – had always wanted a daughter. She was known for her dedication to charity before her death in a car crash in 1997, when she was just 36.

William and Catherine are also parents to Prince George, who turns two in July. They formally registered Charlotte’s birth earlier today, with William’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II also meeting the baby at Kensington Palace.

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