The new little princess has a very pretty but quite annoying name.

At least, that is how I feel about it. And, despite all the loads of gushing on Facebook about how touching the name choices are, I am sure that I’m not the only one a bit put off by this choice.

All the names are wonderfully logical in the way they honor and make reference to recent family forebears. But, the first honors the grandfather who cheated from day one on his young wife, the grandmother. The second name honors the great grandmother who has so often seemed cold and unsupportive of anything Diana-related. Only in last place does Diana’s name come, a position that seems more of an afterthought (well, we have to get the name in there) than an honor. This is less touching than irritating.

This is, at least, how it struck me to first hear the name. My feelings may change. Maybe I underestimate the family. Perhaps the idea was to leave the best impression as the last impression. Maybe they are leaving the name Diana for Harry to use when he has children. Maybe, I’ve just become old and curmudgeonly and cynical in regard to the Windsors.

While I do love the communal celebration and opportunity to share happy new-baby circle-of-life feelings that a royal birth allows strangers to enjoy together, and I do really like this newest Middleton-Windsor branch of the royal family tree, this name choice thing rubs the wrong way. It seems too reminiscent of the old, just a subtle manifestation of the same-old at a time when fresh and new would have been SO appropriate and welcome.


2 thoughts on “The new little princess has a very pretty but quite annoying name.

  1. Well, I feel dumb, because I hadn’t connected Charles with Charlotte. I just liked that name.

    The thing is, William very obviously loved his mother. He also very obviously loves his father and his grandmother. And I submit Charles didn’t do a bad job with the boys after Diana’s death.

    That being said, there was an interesting article in The Beast about how William and Kate are more like the Middletons than the Windsors–more middle-class than upper-class in the way they live (other than the palaces and big country estates, of course) and the way they are raising the kids. William seems to prefer Kate’s rather normal childhood to his own, and who can blame him?

    • Thanks so much for commenting. 🙂

      Well, I agree, and it’s quite true that Charles also loves the boys and is a dear father to them. Also, noteworthy is that when the boys were little and Diana was still around, Charles was already a different type of father from what had come before him in royal terms. The fact that they didn’t reach so far back in history seems to be in line with The Beast’s observation of how William and Kate are more the Middletons. Of course, there are many other indications of this, too. I just kind of wish that ‘Diana’ had come earlier in the list of names. Since royal baby names are a decision that is usually the product of a lot of careful consideration, I thought immediately about significance – public and personal both, and the order seemed conspicuous to me.(And, I wonder how much influence and/or pressure the new parents felt on name choices…)

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