Prince Harry Says the Royal Fam Once Tried to Get Kate Middleton to Change the Spelling of Her Name

Spoiler alert: It didn’t happen

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Prince Harry previously shared rare details about personal conversations within the royal family—including an interesting piece of royal trivia involving Kate Middleton potentially changing the spelling of her name.

In a newly resurfaced excerpt from his best-selling memoir, Spare, the Duke of Sussex, 39, shared a fascinating story: When Princess Catherine, 42, joined the family back in 2010 after getting engaged to Prince William, her name was an important topic of conversation.

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According to Prince Harry, King Charles, 75, and Queen Camilla, 76, thought that there may be too many royal names that start with the letter “C,” including their own. “[T]here were already two royal cyphers with a C and a crown above: Charles and Camilla,” he wrote. “It would be too confusing to have another.”

The Princess of Wales’s full birth name is Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. However, King Charles and Queen Camilla suggested that she could change the spelling of her first name to “Katherine.” That way, her royal cypher would have a “K,” versus a “C.” 

Prince Harry added, “Make it Katherine with a K, they suggested.”

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However, it seems that she didn’t take their advice, because she now goes by Princess Catherine (not Princess Katherine). And we can't imagine it any other way.

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