- Although she and Prince William named their firstborn George, Kate Middleton reportedly had "set her heart" on another name for a baby boy.
- According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the Duchess of Cambridge had "Alexander" at the top of her list of favorite names for a boy.
- The couple settled on George to honor the Queen’s father, King George VI, but Kate's favorite boy name was used as their son's middle name.
Kate Middleton has never tried to hide her personal struggles with parenting and now, one of her earliest parenting dilemmas has come to light. It all had to do with choosing a name for her first child, Prince George, before his birth in 2013.
"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," royal expert Katie Nicholl said of that time in the Cambridges' lives, according to The Mirror. "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."
Although the couple opted to keep George's sex a surprise, a friend said that Kate suspected he was a boy "because the baby kicked so much."
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