When a new royal baby is born, the world waits with bated breath to see what name it will receive. When Prince William was born, the public waited about a week to find out the identity of the future king.
While he was given the name William, it has since been revealed that his father, Prince Charles, had a completely different choice at heart. Royal author Robert Lacey claimed that if Charles had succeeded, William might have been called Arthur instead.
Mr. Lacey, the author of the “Battle of Brothers” biography, wrote in PEOPLE magazine that it wasn’t until Diana came up with the “hardier” name of William that she and Charles made their final decision.
He said: “Diana, Princess of Wales, came up with a more robust name – William, as in ‘William the Conqueror’, winner of the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066.”
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It seems that Charles’s idea was not completely ignored, and instead William was given Arthur as his middle name. In fact, William’s full first name is William Arthur Philip Louis.
His other first names of Philip and Louis are said to be in honor of his grandfather Prince Philip and a nod to Lord Louis Mountbatten, another relative.
Royal expert Mr Lacey added that Diana knew from an early age that William would live up to his namesake.
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He said: “‘He’s obviously going to be a great king,’ Diana would tell her confidante Simone Simmons as she watched her son host football matches in Kensington Palace Gardens or subversive midnight feasts at sleepovers with friends. ‘Look how they’ I’m attracted to him! He’s a born leader.'”
Royals tend to reuse many of the same names and often pay homage to their family members through their choices when naming a baby. The choice of Prince George’s name would be a direct tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI.
Princess Charlotte’s name is believed to refer to two members of her family, as it is her aunt Pippa Middleton’s middle name and the female version of her grandfather’s first name, Prince Charles.
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