Royal baby: Meghan Markle may 'break with tradition' and choose an African-American middle name for newborn son

Etiquette expert Myka Meier told Fabulous Digital that while the first name might be more traditional, the couple could get 'playful' with the middle names


                            Royal baby: Meghan Markle may 'break with tradition' and choose an African-American middle name for newborn son

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced Monday their first child is a boy!

Meanwhile, speculation is rife over what the royal baby will be named.

Etiquette expert Myka Meier said we might see Meghan choose a name that reflects her American roots or her love of Africa. While the first name could be more traditional, the couple might get "playful" with the middle names, The Sun reports.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Redwoods Tree Walk on October 31, 2018, in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Getty Images)

“In the wedding, she had several nods to her American heritage and I think we will see the same with the baby," she told Fabulous Digital. "I think we will see them playing with a middle name. I don’t believe it will be one of Meghan’s family's names. But I do believe it could be a name with a significant meaning. Maybe something symbolic of their travels together. They both have a love of Africa, maybe it could be something there, something that has meaning. Maybe they could have a middle name that is symbolic of the work that they do together, or a country they have visited or have a mutual love of. I think the baby’s first name will be British and classic, perhaps a family name.”

That said, the royal couple have more freedom than Prince William and Kate Middleton with the name choice of their baby, Myka said.

“They don’t have the same pressure that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have, in terms of next in line to the throne," she said. "So I think we might see a little more playful in the naming, but I do think that the first name will still be something more British and classic.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Getty Images)

Meghan and Harry had plans to move to Africa following the birth of their baby, according to The Sunday Times, which claimed the move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor was simply to “keep them out to the limelight for a bit”.

“They are worried that Harry and Meghan are going to establish a totally separate enterprise that nobody can get under control,” an unnamed source told the Sunday Times. “There are discussions in palace circles about how do we harness Harry and Meghan and this tremendous global attention they get. How do we draw them back, because laying down the law and ticking them off doesn't work at all.”