A prince by any other name is just as royal, but that doesn’t mean that the monikers for little princes and princesses are chosen willy-nilly (just take Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana as a prime example). In fact, there’s quite a lot of expectation around which names will be picked for possible future kings and queens, which is why Prince Charles had two classic names in mind for his sons. But it turns out that Princess Diana felt like they were “too old.”
Just for a moment, try to imagine Prince Albert and Prince Arthur. Yep, those are the names that Prince Charles suggested for Prince William and Prince Harry.
According to Pop Sugar, in an interview with Princess Diana that would go on to be published in the 1992 book Diana: Her Story by Andrew Morton, the mother of the princes admitted that she chose both William and Harry’s names after saying no to the ones Charles had wanted. When asked, “Who chose [Harry’s] name?,” Diana answered, “I did… I chose William and Harry, but Charles did the rest. He wanted Albert and Arthur, and I said no. Too old!”
So, William ended up as William Arthur Philip Louis (notice his second name?) and Harry was given the name Henry Charles Albert David (and there’s Prince Charles’ first choice as Harry’s third name).
However, it’s also interesting to note that we may not always know Prince William by that name. Of course, one day he may be given the title of king, but he will most likely NOT be King William. That’s because the reigning monarch often changes their name when they take the crown. For instance, if/when Prince Charles (born as Charles Philip Arthur George) becomes king, he’s expected to be known as King George VII.
So, perhaps a prince (or a king) *is* just as royal by any other name (as long as it’s equally noble).
What do you think about the fact that Prince William and Prince Harry were almost called Albert and Arthur? Let us know @BritandCo!
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