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Royal Baby name: Edward VIII tipped as ‘controversial’ inspiration for Meghan and Harry

Meghan Markle baby: Expert discusses ‘future’ daughter names

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could further stir controversy with the Royal Family with the name of their second child. According to Babynames.com founder & CEO Jennifer Moss, the couple could opt for a historically royal middle name. She suggested that the couple could go for Edward – referencing the story of King Edward VIII who famously abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Ms Moss told Us Weekly: “I think they are going to stay traditional and stay British.

“Archie was already popular on the British charts when they chose it. It shot up in the US, of course, after the name became public.

“I think they will go for something like Sebastian or Malcolm if it’s a boy.

“And they could honour a family member with a middle name like Phillip, since Prince Philip is going through health issues at the moment.”

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She continued: “There is also Edward. King Edward VIII was the king who abdicated his throne because he wanted to marry an American divorcee. Sounds very similar, doesn’t it?

“He chose heart over crown. And King Edward VIII was also the Queen’s uncle.”

Royally US co-host Christina Garibaldi responded: “That would cause a little bit more controversy for Meghan and Harry with their relationship with the Royal Family!”

Edward VIII was the King of the United Kingdom from 20 January 1936 until his abdication in December of the same year.

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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, announced in February they are expecting a second child this year.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had quit their roles as senior working royals in March 2020 in a quest for personal and financial freedom.

Vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl said the pregnancy announcement came as a surprise to the Queen.

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She told the Royal Beat: “I think The Palace felt off guard about the pregnancy announcement [and] the Oprah announcement.

“It was clear that the Sussex’s were working as a machine in their own right – they weren’t working with the Palace. [Buckingham Palace] had made their minds up.

“They didn’t need until the 31 st of March to make that statement.

“My understanding from the sources that I have spoken to at the Palace was that they would [release it] earlier and bring an end to all this speculation.”

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