Earl Spencer's sense of family history inspired his daughter's name.
Shortly after the announcement by St. James's Palace on Monday, December 3 that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting, the media began the debate on baby names.
So far it's Baby Cambridge, but according to royalty expert Marlene Koenig, the current Letters Patent would make it Baby Mountbatten-Windsor. The first and second names are the focus right now, with the world wondering if the late Diana, Princess of Wales will be commemorated in the names of her descendant.
Andrew Morton opined many months ago that a baby girl would be named Diana. This would contravene royal tradition, where a potential heir's first name is one formerly used by a past king or queen — as in Elizabeth, Charles, Anne, William, Henry.
Is Queen Diana a possibility?
There is a law in process that would make William's first born, of either sex, the child that would take the throne after him. If the name Diana (although ancient) is too controversial, what are other options?
One set of names floated as a possibility is Charlotte Diana, certainly a more attractive combination than Victoria Diana. But the Spencers have beat the Windsors to the punch.
Earlier this year Earl Spencer and his third wife welcomed a baby girl and named her Charlotte Diana.
The Spencer baby and the new sprig on the Windsor family tree will be second cousins. Too close to share a name, or not?