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Name game gets under way as royal watchers speculate

Suggestions: the Prince of Wales
Suggestions: the Prince of Wales

By Laura Elston

Royal fans are eagerly waiting to see what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will call their newborn son.

Members of the royal family traditionally opt for conventional, regal names with a nod to history, but forward-thinking Harry and Meghan may want to do things their own way and pick something more modern.

Diana had been expected to be among the names for a girl in tribute to Harry's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, but he could decide to honour her by using Spencer - the princess's family name - as one of his son's names.

Other options could include Charles, after the Prince of Wales, Philip, after the Duke of Edinburgh, or royal favourites James, Albert, Frederick, Arthur or even Henry - Harry's actual first name.

American former actress Meghan, who is the first mixed-race person to marry a senior British royal, may want to pay tribute to her own family heritage.

When the former Suits star ran her lifestyle blog The Tig, she wrote that one of her favourite baby names was Grey, which works for a boy or a girl.

The most popular name in the US for a boy is Liam, followed by Noah, and in Canada, where Meghan lived for several years, it is Benjamin.

In England and Wales, and Australia and New Zealand, it is Oliver.

Baby Sussex is only seventh in line to the throne and not a future king, so Harry and Meghan have more freedom over to what to choose.

The couple have already been given lots of ideas by friends and family.

During a tram ride in Melbourne during their Australia tour, Meghan told pupils from a local school: "We've been given a long list of names from everyone, we're going to sit down and have a look at them."

The Prince of Wales joked about Australian inspirations for the baby's name in the early days of Meghan's pregnancy.

He told guests at an event at Australia House, central London: "Incidentally, ladies and gentlemen, my son Harry tells me that during their recent tour of Australia he and his wife were offered countless thoughtful suggestions for the naming of their forthcoming baby.

"Just between us, I suspect that Kylie and Shane may possibly make the shortlist."

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