PRINCESS DIANA was an incredibly loving mother but she did have a dilemma when her two sons were first born, an unearthed biography has revealed.
In Andrew Morton’s 1992 ground-breaking biography ‘Diana: Her True Story’, Diana revealed how she tried to exert her influence on their boys very early on.
She apparently said: “I chose the names William and Harry because the alternatives were Arthur and Albert. No thank you. There weren’t fights over it. It was just a fait accompli.”
Both names did become the boys’ middle names though.
Prince William, Prince Harry and Princess Diana (Image GETTY)
Diana was known to be a very loving and devoted mother (Image: GETTY)
William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis and Harry’s is Henry Charles Albert David.
The younger royal has gone by Harry since birth, after a royal spokesman explained from the official announcement of his birth at the royal would be christened as the formal ‘Henry’ but known by the more informal name after.
As Angela Levin revealed in her 2018 book, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, Prince Charles later said Harry was only called Henry when he had been “very, very naughty”.
Both Harry and William’s births also broke with royal tradition.
She said: “His [Charles’] decision to be at William’s birth had also been significant break with royal protocol and made William the first offspring of an heir to the throne to have his father present at the birth.
Diana and Charles with their firstborn Prince William (Image: GETTY)
“It was in sharp contrast to Charles’ own birth, when his father, Prince Philip, had played an energetic game of squash with a friend while the Queen went through the birthing process.”
She revealed Harry’s birth was a little more rushed: “It was believed he was a week early, something the Buckingham Palace refused to confirm or deny.
“It can be assumed however, that if the birth had been imminent, Charles and Diana would have stayed close by at Kensington Palace rather than at Windsor Castle.”
It was thought that had Harry and his wife Meghan Markle given birth to a baby girl, she would have been called Diana.
Diana with Prince Harry when he was young (Image: GETTY)
Harry and Meghan with their own firstborn earlier this year (Image: GETTY)
Instead, Meghan gave birth to a boy and he was called Archie-Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.
Albert and Arthur had been frontrunners in the bookies’ for Baby Sussex, as had Charles and Spencer. Doria and Alice were potentials if it had been a girl.
It is believed to be a completely new name for the Royal Family, with no previous connotations to other relatives, just like Harrison.
Diana had a prolonged and messy split from Charles (Image: GETTY)
The Queen’s first granddaughter, Princess Anne’s daughter, also broke protocol with a non-traditional name – Zara Phillips.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also decided not to give their son a royal title. He could have been an Earl, but like Diana, the couple want their son to live a more ‘normal’ life.
They have decided to raise him as a private citizen.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK