Prince Louise Arthur Charles named after Ron Weasley's family, Harry Potter author JK Rowling's publisher claims

While many royal watchers think he has been named after Louis Mountbatten, the uncle of Prince Philip who was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979, there might just be an entirely different motivation for the name.

Officially, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child will be called His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

If that’s too much of a mouthful then for short it will be HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge.

So that’s Louis, Arthur and Charles as first names.

Which just so happens to be the names of three of the fictional Weasley family in the Harry Potter books.

And there is a certain resemblance between Ron Weasley and a certain Prince Harry.

With three names matching that surely more than mere coincidence?

The official Twitter account of Pottermore, author JK Rowling’s publishing company, posted: "Louis Arthur Charles, you were named after three iconic Weasleys… #RoyalBabyName".

Who are the three Weasley’s?

Louis Weasley

Louis is the youngest child of Bill and Fleur Weasley and has two elder sisters, Victoire and Dominique.

He’s the only character that is known to be male and have Veela blood.

At Hogwarts he was put into Hufflepuff.

Arthur Weasley

Arthur is the father of the family and married to Molly Weasley and they have seven children. He works for the Ministry of Magic and is interested in the Muggle world. In the books he is portrayed as being affable and light-hearted.

Charles Weasley

Charlie or Charlie is Arthur and Molly’s second son and covered in freckles.

He was a prefect at Hogwarts and a Quidditch captain, playing as a Seeker for Gryffindor.

Charlie is very interested in dragons and takes Hagrid’s baby dragon, Norbert, into his care in Harry’s first year.

The – circumspect – evidence also mounts as it was Prince William who presented the world-famous author with the award of Companion of Honour in December last year – a rather rare honour as only 64 other people have the title.

Kensington Palace finally revealed the name of the latest addition to the royal household after four days of intense speculation over the baby’s name, who is now fifth-in-line to the throne.

The name of Louis probably came as a shock to many punters with the bookies giving it odds of 20/1 this morning when the announcement was made.

By also giving Louis his father's name, William has continued the tradition of handing down royal names through the generations.

The tot, born a healthy 8lbs 7oz on Monday, will join Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the next generation of the royal family.

The newborn shares the French name with his brother George, who has it as one of his middle names. Louis – which is to be pronounced with a silent "s" – is also one of William's middle names.

Louis – a name of French origin meaning renowned warrior – was only the bookmakers' 10th top choice, with Albert and Arthur the favourites this morning.

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