Harry and Meghan’s daughter is due on Thursday, June 10, on what reportedly would have been Prince Phillip’s birthday.
The parents-to-be are considering naming her after the late Duke, the Queen or Princess Diana, The sun reported on Saturday.
Citing royal insiders in the United States, the paper claimed that the Sussexes have considered naming their newborn Pip after Harry’s late grandfather, or Lily after his grandmother – Queen Elizabeth II.
Harry and Meghan’s daughter is expected on Thursday, June 10, on what is reported to have been Prince Phillip’s birthday. Pictured: The couple pose with their son Archie in a maternity photo shared in May
“The baby is due on Philip’s birthday and it would be so special if she came,” the source told the newspaper. “That, and calling her Pip, would be a great way to honor Philip.
“Harry has discussed the due date and possible names with his closest friends and they are talking quite openly about it as it gets close.”
Another name reportedly being considered by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their second child is Diana, after Prince Harry’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
According to the bookmakers, Dianna is a favorite by the baby’s name with a 4-1 chance.
The source told The Sun that while the names Lily and Pip aren’t exactly traditional royal names, the pair haven’t taken the traditional route as a royal couple.
The couple’s new baby will be their second after Archie, who is two.
Pictured: Meghan and Harry introducing baby Archie to the Queen and Prince Philip as proud grandmother Doria watched in 2019
The news comes after Meghan and Harry were demoted from the royal family’s official website, which came after they left their senior positions and moved to the US.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now listed under Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, as well as the Princess Royal and the Duke of York on the official site.
The Prince of Wales’ growing role as an active heir preparing to ascend to the throne is reflected in his own promotion to the top of the ‘Royal Family’ section at www.royal.uk.
The queen has been removed and is instead higher up the page.
Despite the reshuffle, the website still claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will “split their time” between the UK and the US.
It comes as Prince Edward and his wife the Countess of Wessex took part in their first major interview since their wedding in 1999.
The pair laughed at Harry and Meghan’s controversial Oprah interview, while insisting that the royals remain a family “no matter what.”
It was recently revealed that Sophie is one of four loyal, discreet and “extremely reliable” women in the Queen’s inner circle who provide crucial support as she faces life without her beloved Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99. age died.
What the website looks like now, left, and what it used to look like on April 22, right. Of the website change, Buckingham Palace told MailOnline it had no comment ‘other than we update the website regularly’
About the website change, Buckingham Palace told MailOnline it had no comment “except that we refresh the website regularly.”
Elsewhere, the Princess Royal was moved up five places to sit under the Duchess of Cambridge on the website page. And the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were added to the bottom, just below the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
Under the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the website reads: ‘They continue to fulfill their duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and their patrons.
‘Frogmore Cottage in the UK remains their family home.
“The Duchess will continue to support a number of charities and organizations that reflect the issues she has long been associated with, including art, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.”
Royal fans were confused when the official website went down for a while and soon saw the changes once it was live again.
Someone tweeted: ‘@KensingtonRoyal @RoyalFamily still has #meghanmarkle #princeharry on the royal website? Why?
‘They are not royals and they do not divide their time between the UK and North America’, why are they promoted on the website?’
The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral marked the first time Prince Harry has returned to the UK since he and his wife Meghan stepped down from their senior royal functions.
It comes as another blow after revelations that the Earl and Countess of Wessex will be joining Prince Charles in a downsized monarchy.
Yesterday, during their first major interview together since they married in 1999, the Earl and Countess of Wessex jokingly asked “Oprah who?” and ‘what conversation?’ when questioned about whether they saw Harry and Meghan’s bombshell with the US chat show host
Harry and Meghan previously complained that they felt ‘pushed out’ by the Firm after their decision to step down from their senior ranks.
Yesterday, during their first major interview together since they married in 1999, the Earl and Countess of Wessex jokingly asked “Oprah who?” and ‘what conversation?’ when they were questioned about whether they saw Harry and Meghan’s bomb sitting with the host of the American chat show.
They also reflected on Prince Philip for just over a month since his funeral – with Prince Edward describing how the coronavirus restrictions created an ‘extremely strange’ ceremony, and the particularly poignant moment ‘when everything stopped’.
In the Wessex’s first public comments since that momentous day, Sophie explained, “We’re still a family, no matter what happens, we always will be.”
The Countess of Wessex also admitted to having a “prolonged conversation” with Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.
A royal source previously commented on the Countess of Wessex’s close relationship with the Queen. “Sophie is like another daughter of the Queen, they are that close,” they said. ‘She is trusted and trusted like few others’
Sophie and her husband the Earl of Wessex, who married at Windsor Castle 22 years ago, said they were “flattered” to take on a more prominent role in a downsized monarchy since Harry and Meghan’s move to California.
In an interview with The Telegraph MagazineSophie said she had a ‘long chat’ with Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.
Prince Edward, 57, said at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April: ‘It was extremely strange to walk into St George’s Chapel and find the nave completely empty.
“It’s always tricky with this kind of thing because you’re in the middle of it, so you have no idea what it’s supposed to look like from the outside.
Prince Andrew wore a striped rugby shirt with royal insignia today as he went horse riding in Windsor early in the morning with a female groom
The Prince of York, 61, who lives at the nearby royal lodge, wore dark sunglasses, a helmet and breeches and looked at ease as he soaked up the June sun
“It became very moving to be there because it was suddenly so very intimate.”
A royal source previously commented on the Countess of Wessex’s close relationship with the Queen.
“Sophie is like another daughter of the Queen, they are that close,” they said. “She is trusted and trusted like few others.”
The pair would speak at least once a day and regularly enjoy “movie afternoons” on Saturdays when they watch old movies together.
Prince Andrew was caught this morning wearing a striped rugby shirt with royal insignia as he went horse riding in Windsor early in the morning with a female groom.
The Duke of York, 61, appeared in good spirits for the day out as he waved from the horse.
The Queen’s second son, pictured today, recently became a grandfather for the first time when Princess Eugenie welcomed son August Brooksbank in February.
The reports come as royal experts predicted that the Duke of York was “trying to rehabilitate himself” and return to the royal fold – despite his brother Prince Charles pushing plans for a slimmed-down monarchy.
Royal pundit Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline that Andrew “would obviously like to be rehabilitated,” but first needs to answer FBI questions about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein.