HELLO! Canada readers think Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will choose a very familiar and beloved name for Baby Sussex when the royal newcomer is born next month: Diana. On Friday (March 22), we asked you to vote on what you thought the royal baby’s name would be. The majority of you (21 per cent) opted for the iconic moniker, which was of course the name of the late Princess of Wales, Harry’s mother, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
That wouldn’t be the first time the Royal Family have honoured the woman whose brother called her the “People’s Princess” by giving her name to a newborn: Prince William and Duchess Kate gave Princess Charlotte the middle names of Elizabeth and Diana, to honour both the Queen and William’s late mother.
The second-place choice in our poll was a bit of an odd one, with 17 per cent of voters saying Meghan and Harry would opt for a different choice than the 14 names we selected as possibilities. Both Lily and Victoria – which would both mean Baby Sussex was named after a queen – came in third place with 10 per cent of the vote. Alexander got most of the votes when it came to boys’ names, pulling in 8 per cent. Overall, nearly 1,400 people cast their votes in the poll.
Of course, with Baby Sussex’s arrival getting closer every day, there’s been much speculation about the name. Betway spokesperson Alan Alger said this month the early favourites are Victoria at 15/2, James at 9/1 and Diana at 12/1. Meanwhile, Katie Baylis of Betfair said the top three favourite girls’ names are Diana at 8/1, Alice at 13/1 and Grace at 14/1. Betting firm William Hill told the Telegraph Victoria is the most likely choice at 8/1, followed by Diana at 10/1, Alice at 12/1, Isabella at 12/1, Arthur at 14/1 and Alexandra at 16/1. This means the majority of our readers seem to agree with Betfair for its top choice.
Meanwhile, Ancestry.ca enlisted some genealogy and Canadian family history experts to make its own predictions. The private company’s top picks are Lily, Ruth and Matilda for a girl, and Charles, Philip and Alexander for a boy.