King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla Wanted Catherine to Change the Spelling of Her Name Because There Were Already Too Many “C” Names in the Royal Family
Although she was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, Charles and Camilla once wanted the Princess of Wales to spell her name “Katherine” because there were already too many “C” names in the royal family, Prince Harry writes in his upcoming memoir, Spare. out on Tuesday.
The Daily Mail reports that Charles and Camilla’s reasoning was that the abundance of names beginning with the letter C “would cause confusion, especially when it came to their numerals – the personal monogram of a member of the royal family,” the paper reports.
The book also reveals Charles’ strange obsession with Catherine’s hair, revealing that the now-King “had often spoken of how beautiful it was”. (I mean, he’s not wrong.) Harry also writes that his father and his late grandmother the Queen preferred “women with their hair down” and wearing minimal makeup. That’s why Harry’s wife-to-be Meghan Markle – when she met Charles and Camilla for the first time at their home, Clarence House – adopted low hair, minimal make-up, while eating crumpets with marmite sandwiches and salmon together.
Besides the “Catherine/Katherine” vignette — spoiler alert: Charles and Camilla didn’t win it — Catherine gets other mentions throughout Spare, most of them negative. Harry claims that Catherine (and his brother, Prince William) encouraged him to wear a Nazi uniform to a party in 2005 and that Catherine was upset about Meghan saying she had “the brain of a child” during a phone call on the eve of Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018. Later, when the two couples met for tea at Kensington Palace, Meghan apologized and said that’s how she talks to her friends.
William “pointed his finger” at Meghan and said “Well, it’s rude, Meghan. These things don’t happen here,” to which Meghan replied, “If you don’t mind, keep your finger out of my face.” Catherine, who just gave birth to Prince Louis in April 2018, said: “You talked about my hormones. We’re not close enough for you to talk about my hormones.”
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Harry also recalled an “awkward moment” when Meghan asked Kate to borrow lip gloss before a joint appearance in 2018. “Kate, taken aback, reached into her purse and reluctantly pulled out a small tube,” Harry writes. . “Meg squeezed a little on her finger and applied it to her lips. Kate grimaced.”
Harry continued that the four “should have been able to laugh it off” at the moment, but the press realized it was something bigger and Catherine was adamant she would now “be compared and forced to compete with Meg”. .”
Harry also addressed the infamous row between Catherine and Meghan during a Princess Charlotte bridesmaid dress, writing that Catherine texted Meghan the week of the wedding about a “problem” with Charlotte’s dress, saying it was “too big, long and wide.” and that Charlotte had “burst into tears when she tried it on.” Harry wrote that the dresses were hand-sewn based on measurements, so it made sense they would need alterations, but Catherine allegedly insisted the dress be made from scratch.
Harry “claims Meghan told Kate to bring Charlotte to the Palace, where a dressmaker was waiting to make alterations for all six bridesmaids, and she eventually agreed,” the Daily Mail reports. “Harry wrote that he later found Meghan ‘on the floor’ in tears over the row, but the next day Kate apologised, bringing flowers and a card.”
All this comes right before Katerina’s forty-first birthday, which is Monday. The reservation is released to the public the next day.