Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are unlikely to give their unborn daughter the first name Diana because they fear it would make her a big target for the media, according to a source.
After Harry and Meghan announced they were expecting a girl on Sunday night’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, fans speculated on social media that they might call their daughter Diana, after Harry’s late mother, The Princess of Wales.
They may consider Diana as a middle name, but that is already the middle name of Prince William and Kate’s five-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, fourth in line to the British throne, whose full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
A source told us of Meghan and Harry, “They are highly unlikely to call their daughter Diana. Their biggest concern is that it would make her a bigger target for the media, and considerably increase public interest in the child’s life.
“Whatever anybody thinks, Harry and Meghan do value their privacy and want to shield their children from the intense media pressure they have endured.
“They fear calling their daughter Diana would place too much pressure on the child and make everything difficult, from enrolling her in school to travel. And they want her to find her own way in life.
“They might consider Diana as a middle name, but Princess Charlotte already has Diana as a middle name, and Harry and Meghan have not enjoyed the feeling they have been compared to — and pitted against — William and Kate in the media and by the palace.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who live in Montecito, California, are preparing to welcome a sister for their 22-month-old son Archie this summer.
Harry, 36, told Oprah Winfrey on their much-hyped interview on CBS with Oprah on Sunday night, “It’s a girl!” They had made the pregnancy announcement in February after Meghan, 39, suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage last year.
He said his first thought was “amazing” when he learned they were having a girl, adding: “Just grateful. To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing.
“But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.”
While the couple did not discuss what they were considering naming their daughter, fans immediately began speculating that they would call her Diana, to honor the memory of Harry’s iconic late mother.
“A mini Diana for Meghan and Harry,” one fan rejoiced.
“Name the baby Diana,” said another.
Prince Harry last year opened up about undergoing three years of therapy because he still hadn’t come to terms with the death of his mother.
Page Six exclusively revealed he had delved into his childhood trauma and the loss of his mother at a JP Morgan conference in Miami, the first time he and Meghan appeared at a public event since leaving the royal family.