The first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have a name with Australian overtones as the Royal Family continues its push-back against republican sentiment Down Under.
My Buckingham Palace sources tell me that Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, have been placed under significant pressure to choose a name for their new son or daughter that helps to cement links with Australia.
My sources say Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are behind the push and both believe a name with Australian links will help turn the tide that they see rising if Labor wins the federal election and starts the process of testing public sentiment on a republic.
Prince Philip, a little-known big fan of the Australian soap opera Neighbours which has been hugely popular in the UK for decades, is believed to be keen on the names of some of the program’s characters and cast members.
Apparently his first choice is Princess Charlene if the baby is a girl — after the character Charlene Robinson played by Kylie Minogue — or the name Kylie itself.
If the royal couple have a young prince, the Duke of Edinburgh has raised the name Prince Scott, after the character of Charlene Robinson’s screen husband.
But his preference is for naming a male royal baby after Jason Donovan who played opposite Kylie and, indeed, was romantically involved off-screen with her for a period.
In fact he has told the young royals that he would readily approve if they decided to give their baby a hyphenated name, Prince Jason-Donovan, as both names are suitable for a boy.
Queen Elizabeth has far fewer options for her grandson and his wife to consider.
In fact the Queen has suggested just one possible name.
Her Majesty, a noted thoroughbred horse owner, has suggested the new baby be called Prince or Princess Winx which she believes would be wildly popular in Australia.
Prince Harry’s father and heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales, has also bought into the idea of giving the baby a name that resonates with Australians.
He favours a name that reminds him of the period he spent in Australia as a teenager enrolled at Geelong Grammar School which he has admitted was one of the best experiences of his life.
But both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have politely rejected his suggestion of the name Prince or Princess Timbertop.
They have also rejected names put forward by the Prince of Wales’ wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, that she says evoke fond memories of the time she has spent in Australia.
Again the young couple was apparently very diplomatic in telling Camilla that they would not be considering Prince or Princess Winfield-Blue as the possible name for their offspring.