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Meghan Markle and Harry must follow these royal protocol baby name rules

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly have ‘great responsibility’ in picking a name for their first child

Harry and Meghan are preparing to have their first baby
Harry and Meghan are preparing to have their first baby (Image: WireImage)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry must consider a “great responsibility” in following royal protocol rules in naming their first child.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last month they are expecting a baby .

But Victoria Arbiter, a royal commentator who has vast experience working alongside the British Royal Family, warned today the couple will need to follow rigid rules after the birth.

The 44-year-old told Town and Country: “Royals, however, also have to consider the great responsibility in naming a new member of the family and I expect they want to be a hundred per cent certain of their choice before announcing the name and sealing the baby’s place in history.”

She said Harry and Meghan, who wed at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Berks., in May , must wait several days before publicly revealing their baby’s name so they can can tell The Queen and the rest of the royal family first.

It was today warned how the royal couple will have 'great responsibility' in how they reveal their baby's name
It was today warned how the royal couple will have ‘great responsibility’ in how they reveal their baby’s name(Image: AFP/Getty Images)

It’s said this is to allow them to celebrate their new arrival privately and see if the name is suitable.

However, the couple do not have to pick a name after past kings or other royal ancestors, Ms Arbiter added.

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, for instance, had to reportedly choose the royal equivalent of naming their daughters Blanket and Apple by with the names Beatrice and Eugenie.

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Harry and Meghan announced their news during a tour around Australia
Harry and Meghan announced their news during a tour around Australia (Image: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror)

Carolyn Harris, author of Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting, told Vogue Australia : “We see, from the diversity of names among the Queen’s descendants, that the Queen does seem willing to allow the descendants to choose their own names.”

But bookies still reckon the baby will have a traditional royal name.

Victoria, Arthur, Albert and Diana are hot favourites, as are the names of Harry’s grandparents, Elizabeth and Philip.

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