Shortly after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed that they were expecting their first child, they shared that they already have a long list of baby names to sort through. That process might be more selective than you'd think, however, since the parents-to-be have quite a few royal rules to consider before making a final decision.
There are two main rules surrounding the future young royal's naming. First, it's standard that modern-day royals select traditional ancestral names to honor past members of the monarchy—as was the case with Harry's brother, Prince William, who named his first born George, after the former King. As for the other convention? Per royal protocol originally recapped by Town & Country, the name announcement will come a few days after the child's birth, following news of the baby's arrival and gender, reports Marie Claire UK. In the interim, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will first share the chosen name with other royal family members (and get approval from the Queen!) before releasing it to the public.
Harry and Meghan might have some flexibility in the naming department, however. It's possible that Queen Elizabeth may allow this particular great-grandchild's name to be more modern, royal expert Carolyn Harris told Vogue Australia earlier this year, reports Express. "The further down the line of succession, the more likely you are to have a more unique or untraditional name," she said. Since Meghan and Harry's child will be seventh in line to the throne, a contemporary name might be possible.
In the meantime, the couple (who were married in May), have a loving way of referring to their child, something Harry revealed during a recent speech on their Australian tour. "From myself, my wife and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here," he said.