A royal biographer has spilled the beans on the name of the new royal baby.
Andrew Morton, who wrote the best-selling biography of Diana, Princess of Wales, has revealed that if the new baby is a girl, it will be named Elizabeth Diana, but that Diana is the family name that they will use for day-to-day use.
Mr Morton told The Sun: “Close friends to William and Kate have told me that if it is a girl they want to name the baby after Diana. They discussed girls’ names before George was born and now they’re hoping the next one is a girl so they can carry out their wish to honour William’s mother. They’re not too thrilled at the thought it will be shortened to Princess Di. But it won’t change their minds.”
Protocol dictates that the child should have a suitably royal name and that coupled with the way that some members of the Royal Family feel about Diana, mean that William and Kate have settled on Elizabeth Diana.
This not the first nod that William has given to his late mother; when he becamed to Catherine in November 2010, he have her the engagement ring that had once been Diana’s explaining at it was his “way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement.”
Bookies shorted their odds following Mr Morton’s claims; Elizabeth rocketed to 10/1 favourite for the new baby’s name with Coral bookmakers, with James is second at 11/1, Victoria third at 12/1 and Alexandra fourth at 14/1.