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Charles wanted these names for William and Harry, but Diana said “No”.


Late Princess Diana and Prince Charles did not agree on a lot of things during their bitter 10-year marriage. Perhaps, deciding baby names was one of them. Like most of the parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana had different ideas about what to name their children.

The British Royals follow their tradition when it comes to picking out names for Royal babies, often referring monarchs of the past. That is why we can still see a number of George, Philip, Henry, Elizabeth, and Victoria in the British Royal Family tree.


Princess of Wales, Diana gave birth to her first son, in June 1982. He was given the name, William Arthur Philip Louis. After two years, Prince Harry was given the name, Henry Charles Albert David.

In an old recorded interview that went on to be published in the controversial 1992 book on Diana’s life, Diana: Her Story by Andrew Morton, she admitted that she picked the first names for both of her newborn sons. But only after mixing the ones Prince Charles had in mind.

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When asked, “Who chose Prince Harry’s name”? Diana replied:

“I did actually. I chose William and Harry, but Charles did the rest. He really wanted Albert and Arthur, and then I said no”.

Princess Diana may have been on to something, but Prince William can always choose a different regnal name when he becomes the King.

You will be surprised to know that even Prince Charles, who was christened Charles Philip Arthur George, is expected to be known as King George VII when he takes the British throne.

Prince William also paid homage to both of his parents. This he paid with the names of his two children as George Alexander Louis and Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

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Diana also revealed:

There was a heartbreaking comment that Prince Charles made shortly after Harry’s birth: “His first comment was, ‘Oh God, it’s a boy”.

His second comment: ‘And he’s even got red hair”.

Prince Charles was vocal about his desire for a daughter. He reportedly told Princess Diana’s mother at Harry’s christening that “We were so disappointed. We thought it would be a girl”.