Kate Middleton Originally Had Her "Heart Set" on a Different Name for Prince George

Kate Middleton and Prince William's oldest son is named George, but Kate originally had her "heart set" on Alexander.

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  • Although she and Prince William named their firstborn George, Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) reportedly had "set her heart" on another name for a baby boy.
  • According to royal expert Katie Nicholl (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), before his birth in 2013.

While Kate and her husband, Prince William (opens in new tab), eventually settled on George Alexander Louis for the name, Kate originally had "set her heart" on another first name, according to The Mirror (opens in new tab)

"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 (opens in new tab) 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."

Eventually, Will and Kate settled on George as a first name (opens in new tab), to honor the Queen’s father, King George VI (opens in new tab) and the Duchess' favorite baby boy name was used as his middle name.

Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.