Princess Diana's name is 'still there' through links to Princess Charlotte—though Prince William had to be careful to avoid comparisons

Princess Diana's name—Prince William was 'wise' not to use his late mother's name for Princess Charlotte

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Prince William was "wise" not to use his late mother's name when his first daughter, Princess Charlotte, was born in 2015.

Prince William was always expected to pay homage to his late mother when he and Kate Middleton welcomed a baby girl into the world.

But now royal experts have revealed the Duke was 'wise' not to give Princess Charlotte the pressure of being the second Princess Diana, instead opting to use the name as her middle name instead. 

Royal author Richard Kay explained, "I think he very wisely decided not to give Charlotte his mother's name as her first name. Everything she did and said would have been compared with her."

"By giving Diana as the middle name, it means Diana is still there."

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There are several other notable ways the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have paid homage to the late Princess, including christening Princess Charlotte in the same church Princess Diana was christened. 

Reflecting on some of Prince William's previous decisions, Richard Kay revealed: "Prince William likes the symbolism.

"He's made it clear he wanted Diana involved on the journey that he embarked on with Kate, first as his wife by presenting her with his mother's engagement ring.

"And then at Charlotte's christening because they chose the very church Diana was christened in herself."


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We also know the Cambridge children remember their "Granny Diana" every year, as Kate Middleton revealed their sweet tribute to Princess Diana on Mother's Day in 2020.

Showcasing drawings done by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Duchess wrote, “This year Mother’s Day will be different once again.

“Many of us will be apart from our loved ones, but looking forward to a time in the not too distant future when we can give our mother a hug again.

“But for those experiencing bereavement, today may be particularly challenging.

“Each year on Mother’s Day, George, Charlotte and Louis make cards remembering their Granny, Diana, for William."

A closer look at the children’s cards to Diana, proves just what a big part of their life Princess Diana still plays - despite her tragic death in 1997.

On his card Prince George wrote, “Dear Granny Diana, happy mothers day. I love you very much and think of you always. Sending lots of love from George xxxx”

Princess Charlotte referenced her father, Prince William, and just how much he misses his mother.

She wrote, “Dear Granny Diana. I am thinking of you on mother’s day. I love you very much. Papa is missing you. Lots of love Charlotte xxxxx”

Georgia Farquharson

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