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.