The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Make An Official Visit To Cambridge
Updated: January 6, 2013 9:51AM
What’s in a name? A lot, apparently — even in the 21st century — if the name is attached to a future British monarch. In chats Tuesday with a couple of good London sources, I got quite an earful about the kinds of name games Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, soon will be going through — if they haven’t begun addressing the issue already.
“Precedence is hugely important,” said a former Palace insider who has watched William grow up. “This is not just about naming a baby and worrying if Granny won’t approve. …
“Not when Granny is the head of state and guardian of the monarchy,” added the source with a laugh.
“I would be very surprised if the queen is not consulted regarding the naming of the child — or children, if, indeed, the duchess gives birth to twins.”
Women suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum — the medical term for Kate’s early pregnancy ailment that has been described as being far worse than normal “morning sickness” — often give birth to twins.
A second Palace source who is privy to more than mere speculation shared these thoughts:
“If it’s a boy, I’m hearing George, the name of the Queen’s beloved late father, George VI, is very much near the top of the list. Apparently, William and Kate also are very big on the name Henry, mainly because it would be a nice way to honor his brother,” who is only legally known as Prince Henry, as he has always been called by his nickname, Harry, since birth.
“Other possibilities also include Charles [in honor of Wiliam’s father] and John, which was the name of William’s maternal grandfather. … However, today, I’ve heard a few people saying King John might conjure up memories of that bad King John from so many centuries ago — the evil monarch ill-treated by history since the days of his reign, which led the nobles to demand he sign the Magna Carta.”
As for girls’ names, the list is fairly short. Both sources indicated they include Elizabeth — to pay homage to William’s much-loved grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II — as well as Victoria, Mary and Diana. The latter, of course, would honor his late mother.
† Under a pending change to the British right of succession, the couple’s child will become the next in line to the throne after Charles and William, regardless of his or her sex. According to experts in London, if there are twins, the future king or queen will be the one who happens to be born first. In the case of a Caesarian section, “it will be up to doctor — and the one he pulls out first!” said the ex-Palace pro.
TAYLOR MADE? While superstar Taylor Swift’s summer romance with teen beau Conor Kennedy has ended — at least for now — the singer received an award Monday night in New York named for the Camelot heir’s grandfather. At age 22, Swift is the youngest recipient in the history of the Ripple of Hope Award, presented by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The entertainer, who has been openly praised by RFK’s widow Ethel Kennedy and other family members, joins a prestigious group of previous Ripple of Hope honorees, including former President Bill Clinton, ex-VP Al Gore, Bono and George Clooney.
† While Swift and Conor Kennedy reportedly mutually agreed to take a break — given he’s still in prep school and she’s touring the world promoting her new album — Swift recently has been spending a lot of time with One Direction’s Harry Styles. However, sources close to both stars stress this is merely all about good professional friendship and the advantages rumored romance can do for both singers’ careers — plus album and concert ticket sales.
NEW ROMANCE: Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth reportedly “just clicked” with Jake Pavelka of “The Bachelor” when the two met at an event in October. The couple have been dating ever since — supposedly after she was deeply touched by Pavelka’s opening comments to the singer totally focused on how she was recovering from that serious head injury suffered while taping an episode of “The Good Wife” earlier this year.
MONUMENTAL IDEA: An important project needs noting — the grassroots fund-raising effort to create a monument honoring the memory of writer, suffragist and civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells. While generous grants already have been contributed by Chicago philanthropist Richard Driehaus’ foundation — plus ComEd, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, the Community Builders, Linn Mathes Inc. and others — nearly a quarter-million dollars still is needed to finish the project. The statue will be created by famed Chicago-based sculptor Richard Hunt and located at 37th and Langley in the Bronzeville community — close to Ida B. Wells’ family home.
† The Wells memorial would not only be among the less than 3 percent of monuments dedicated to women in America — but among the very few honoring an African-American woman. To make a donation, go to idabwellsmonument.org
HOLIDAY HELP: Lance Lipinsky of “Million Dollar Quartet” will be performing at the Hard Rock Café Chicago, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday. It’s all part of the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign, inspired by the lyrics of the famous John Lennon song “Imagine” — hopefully imagining a world free from hunger. Donated canned goods will be given to the Greater Chicago Food Depository as part of the fifth annual campaign, strongly supported by Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Recent Pump Room sightings have included funnyman Richard Lewis and Chicago’s own superstar, Common. … After their loss Sunday night, Bears Brandon Marshall, Henry Melton and John Marshall slipped into the aptly named Bull & Bear to commiserate with a bunch of buddies. … Meanwhile, teammate Matt Forte dined at Bar Toma Monday. … Mayor Rahm Emanuel was spied Tuesday lunching at Prasino. … While here, Dennis “The Menace” Rodman made the scene at Arrow on Ogden, happily posing for photos with fans, who clearly remembered his glory days with the Bulls.