Princess Diana’s close friends speak out on Princess Charlotte’s middle name: ‘It was a poignant thing to do’

Before the royal baby was born on May 2, royal watchers wondered if Prince William would honor his late mother, Princess Diana, by naming his daughter after her. While he and wife Kate Middleton chose the moniker Charlotte for their princess, they did give a nod to William’s mum by using “Diana” as one of the baby’s two middle names. According to former associates of Princess Diana, she would have been thrilled to not only have a granddaughter, but to have been given such an honor.

“It was a poignant thing to do. [She] would really, really love this moment,” Diana’s former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe told People.

Princess Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson also expressed Diana’s yearning to have a baby girl in the family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce Princess Charlotte to the world. (Reimschuessel / Splash News)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce Princess Charlotte to the world. (Reimschuessel / Splash News)

“Diana always wanted a girl, and she shared the joy of her colleagues and friends when their kids were born,” he told People. “Both my daughters were born when I was working with Princess Diana, and she more than once said how lucky I was to have girls.”

Of course, Princess Di ended up having two boys—Prince William and Prince Harry—both of whom she loved very much. As evident by Prince William naming his daughter after his mum, the feeling was very mutual.

“Both William and Harry have been very conscientious in keeping the story of their mother alive…William and Harry frequently refer to her, and she is a continuing inspiration,” Jephson said.

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare to welcome their first child into the world, take a look back at Prince William with his mum and dad, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, during his first years. Pictured: Prince Charles and Princess Diana with their newborn first son William in 1982 Ref: SPL575786  110713   Picture by: Corbis / Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:310-821-2666 New York:212-619-2666 London:870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com

Princess Diana, shown holding baby Prince William in 1982, always hoped to have a girl. (Splash News)

While William and Kate didn’t choose to give their daughter the first name Diana, they still managed to fit Di’s name into her name, using it alongside Elizabeth as a middle name.

“Politically, he was never going to call her by the first name Diana, but it had to be in there,” said Wharfe, adding that William may have been met with some opposition from members of the royal family over his decision to even include Diana’s name.

“It’s a nice way of saying you can’t airbrush my mother out of royal history,” he said of William’s motive. “I’m sure there are some quarters of the family that wish it to be quiet, but William has led the field in making sure that his mother is still remembered.”