Since December’s announcement about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal pregnancy (still not really baby-bump official!), the world has been placing bets regarding baby names. Most agree that William will want to pay tribute to his late mother Princess Diana, a woman who was never well-loved by reigning Queen Elizabeth. But Will won’t give up so easily; he’s set on honoring his mother’s memory, and though the sex of the baby is still unknown, the royal family is divided into two camps: Team Queen vs. Team Wills!
“The Queen has the absolute right to approve all names of potential royal heirs,” a palace spy told National Enquirer, print edition February 18, 2013. “Her decision has unleashed a bitter family feud—the royal household’s in a total uproar. William turned to Prince Charles for support, but his father told him he wouldn’t even try to fight this battle. Charles understands his son wants to honor his mother’s legacy, but told him the Queen will never budge on her decision.”
Can we just take a minute to enjoy the idea that Queen Elizabeth thought Eugenie was a perfectly suitable name for a princess, but Diana isn’t? There’s nothing wrong with Eugenie, but it’s quite unique, compared to the nice, simple name of Diana! Of course, the Queen is vetoing the name because of what it represents: the people’s princess, with whom she never got on. She won’t want the royal line tainted with the memory of the woman who set the monarchy on its head!
Will won’t take the decision lying down, and is refusing to give up the fight. It seems the logical thing to do would be wait a few more weeks until an ultrasound determines the sex! If it’s a boy, then they can go on arguing about why Kate’s party brother James Middleton is not a suitable namesake for the royal infant! But the fight is about more than a name—though, what’s in a name?—it’s about the Queen’s staunch adherence to antiquated tradition. Which name do you think is best for the baby? Will has a bit of time to regroup while on vacation with Kate in the Caribbean–do you think the argument will drive the royals apart?