Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have 'some top picks' for their future daughter's name

They reportedly want it 'to have meaning'...

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They reportedly want it 'to have meaning'...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have stepped down as royal family members and relocated to California, but that certainly doesn't stop them from making headlines.

This year has been no exception as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the news that they were expecting their second child and announced that they would not be returning to royal duties.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made particular headlines as they sat down for an in-depth interview with Oprah Winfrey, a rare move for the notoriously private couple.

The Duke and Duchess spoke about everything from mental health and their relationship with the royal family to their current pregnancy, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealing that they are expecting a baby girl.

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The couple has made even more headlines since the interview however, from Prince Harry's new Silicon Valley job and his returning to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral, to the Duke and Duchess dropping their royal monogram.

This week, it was news around their pregnancy that made headlines, as it was reported that the Sussexes have a lot of thoughts around baby names for their future daughter.

According to a source via Us Weekly, the couple 'have not decided on one yet', but are determined for their daughter's name 'to have meaning'.

The source continued: 'There are some top picks for names but nothing concrete.'

There have long been rumours that the couple might name their daughter Diana after the late Princess of Wales, but according to a source via Page Six, it would be unlikely.

'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,' the source explained. 'Whatever anybody thinks, Harry and Meghan do value their privacy and want to shield their children from the intense media pressure they have endured.'

According to the source, Harry and Meghan think the name 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 have not yet commented.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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