Kate ‘had heart set on’ baby name Alexander – now other royal may swipe it

Royal fans are eagerly awaiting an announcement from Princess Eugenie revealing what name she has given to her baby boy.

And one of the hot favourites bookies reckon she could pick is a name Kate Middleton apparently had her 'heart set on' for Prince George.

Eugenie, 30, gave birth on February 9 at The Portland Hospital in London with husband Jack Brooksbank, 35, by her side.

She announced her son's birth on Instagram with an adorable black and white photo clutching the newborn's hand accompanied with a simple caption of three blue hearts.

A statement from Buckingham Palace read: "Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present. The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz."

As it's likely the couple will choose a traditional moniker, among the bookies' favourites are Philip, Arthur, James, Alexander and Oliver.

But picking a baby name is no easy task as Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, found out when she was expecting her first child, George. She almost chose the name Alexander.

Kate, 39, and husband Prince William, 38, decided not to find out the gender of their firstborn, whom would become third in line to the throne.

Instead they had a list of potential names lined up depending on whether they welcomed a baby girl or boy.

And although we know the couple went on to call their son George Alexander Louis, there was another boy's name Kate is said to have been particularly fond of.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl previously revealed in Vanity Fair: “Courtiers insisted the pair had not found out the sex of their unborn baby, and friends close to the couple claim William wanted a surprise.

“Although Kate apparently suspected it was a boy and had set her heart on the name Alexander, they had not yet decided what to call their firstborn.”

Ms Nicholl continued: “Kate was reported to have affectionately referred to her bump as ‘our little grape’ while she was pregnant, and there was a flurry of betting on possible names.”

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A friend of the couple also told the author: ”When I saw William a few weeks before the birth he said they didn't know [the baby's gender] and didn't want to find out.

"He said there are so few surprises in life — this was one he wanted to keep.

“Kate said she thought it was a boy because the baby kicked so much."

The couple eventually settled on George for their little boy, which hails back to the Queen’s father, King George VI.

The Duke and Duchess did however retain Kate’s favourite name as one of George’s middle names.

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The little prince is now affectionately known to pals by his nicknames, which include PG, or PG Tips, after his initials.

Meanwhile, Kate admitted it ”slightly terrifying” becoming a first-time mum in 2013 and standing on the steps of the Lindo Wing hours after giving birth.

As she clutched her new baby boy in her arms the clicking of dozens of photographers and their flashing cameras went off.

Speaking about George's debut, she told Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast: "[It was] slightly terrifying, slightly terrifying, I'm not going to lie.

"Everyone had been so supportive and both William and I were really conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about and, you know, we're hugely grateful for the support that the public had shown us.

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"And actually for us to be able to share that joy and appreciation with the public, I felt was really important.

"But equally it was coupled with a newborn baby, and inexperienced parents, and the uncertainty of what that held, so there were all sorts of mixed emotions."

Asked what it was like holding her son for the first time, she said: "Amazing, amazing. It is extraordinary as I’ve said. How can the human body do that? It is utterly extraordinary actually. And he was very sweet.

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"And also sort of relieved that he was a happy, healthy boy."

Kate also admitted she finds herself in the "constant challenge" of balancing her parenting duties.

She added: "You're always sort of questioning your own decisions, and your own judgments, and things like that, and I think that starts from the moment you have a baby."

There was more royal baby news this week too as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they are expecting another child.

A spokesperson for the 36-year-old Duke and 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”

The happy news was announced on Sunday, February 14, 2021 – which is also, of course, Valentine's Day.

First son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, will be two years old by the time his younger sibling arrives – as his own birthday is on May 6.

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