Last week, Prince William celebrated his 38th birthday surrounded by his wife Kate Middleton and three young children as they spent family time together during the current coronavirus lockdown. To mark the occasion – which also coincided with Father’s Day – William shared an adorable photograph of his father Charles, as well as other members of the Royal Family wishing the Duke of Cambridge well on his birthday. And although he shares a good relationship with his father, Prince Charles was actually unable to convince his mother Prince Diana to use the name he wished to call him after he was born.
Charles had always wanted to call his first son Arthur and his second Albert, but after “arguing” Diana secured her favourite names William and Harry.
Reliving the encounter from nearly four decades ago, Andrew Morton – writing in his 1992 book ‘Diana – Her True Story’ – exposed the exact details of the row – and also a cutting remark the Queen made about the new-born baby.
He wrote: “Charles wanted to call his first son Arthur and his second Albert, after Queen Victoria’s consort.
“William and Harry were Diana’s choices while her husband’s preferences were used in their children’s middle names.”
Mr Morton added: “Joy was unconfined. At 9.03pm on June 21, 1982, Diana produced the son and heir which was cause for national rejoicing.
“When the Queen came to visit her grandchild the following day her comment was typical. As she looked at the tiny bundle she said drily: ‘Thank goodness he hasn’t got ears like his father’.
“The second in line to the throne was still known officially as ‘Baby Wales’ and it took several days of discussion before they arrived at a name.
“Prince Charles admitted as much: ‘We’ve thought of one or two. There’s a bit of an argument about it, but we’ll find one eventually.’
She said: “After the divorce Charles got a very good friend in Diana because she understood him.
“Nobody is happy if their other half has affairs, but she loved him with all her heart.
“If they had left it 10 years and then got married, I believe they would be together today.
“They would have had their differences, but I think they may have got back together.”