PRINCESS CHARLOTTE could never have shared a first name with her late grandmother, Princess Diana, despite many royal watchers wanting that to be the case, a commentator claimed.
Princess Charlotte was born five years ago – an event that for many royal watchers seemed to happen only yesterday. Last month, the little royal celebrated her fifth birthday.
The circumstances were a world away from the same time last year, when the Princess marked her fourth birthday with family – even having a mini photoshoot, organised by Kate.
With the coronavirus outbreak the Cambridge’s celebrations were muted and more intimate.
Similar to last year, however, Charlotte did have something of a photoshoot for her fifth birthday.
To mark celebrations, photographs, taken by Kate, were released of Charlotte delivering homemade care packages to those in need during the pandemic.
Princess Charlotte latest: Many believed Charlotte would be given the name Diana (Image: GETTY)
Royal news: An expert revealed why Diana would have been the wrong name to choose (Image: GETTY)
She ventured out with the Cambridge’s to Norfolk to help the elderly and vulnerable.
When Charlotte was born in 2015 it took two days for William and Kate to name her.
As required with royal protocol, the name first received the blessing of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles, who were consulted before the announcement was made public.
Her full name, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, was a touching tribute to William’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Prince George: Charlotte and her brother George (Image: GETTY)
Many believed the couple were going to opt for Elizabeth – a bookies favourite.
Yet, many others bet that they would call their first daughter Diana.
However, in 2015, a royal expert explained to Vanity Fair why he thought it was right that Diana was not given as the first name.
A close friend of Diana, Richard Kay said: “Had it been the first name, I think it would have been terrible for the child.
Royal news: Charlotte and mum Kate (Image: GETTY)
Royal tantrum: Charlotte pictured having a tantrum in 2017 in Germany (Image: GETTY)
“There would have been constant comparisons with Diana, and William wouldn’t have wanted that.
“This way it’s a tribute to his mother and a way of ensuring Diana is always remembered.”
Mr Kay conceded that, at the time, there were people who wanted to erase Diana’s memory.
He said: Certainly not the Queen, but there are people at the Palace for whom the name ‘Diana’ evokes storm clouds.
Charlotte’s best moments mapped (Image: Express Newspapers)
“If you think about it, there is no statue in memory of Diana in this country, and before the concert for Diana in 2007, precious little else had been done to commemorate her life.
“I know that irritated William.”
Despite this, Charlotte will be a living reminder of her grandmother.
Royal tour: The princess eventually boarded the helicopter after throwing herself on the floor (Image: GETTY)
The royal will also have her own place in history.
She is the first Princess of Cambridge to be born in 182 years.
She is also the new fourth in-line to the throne and the second royal Charlotte since Queen Charlotte was married to King George III in the 19th century.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK