His Royal Highness, Prince Buddy
Prince Buddy of England. Be fine. Well, that’s settled. ~Larry Shue, “The Foreigner”
Unless you’ve been on a deep-sea expedition or visiting Mars, no doubt you’ve heard that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their baby today, a boy. While I’m no Royal-watcher and no Royalist, I wish them and their new arrival, now third in line for the throne, all the best. Now the question turns from “when” and “which gender” to an appropriate name.
Royalty have a limited pool of names to choose from. They must respect traditions and honor long-dead family members while striving for an air of nobility (that means “North West,” “Snoop,” and “Honey Boo Boo” are out.) Frontrunners include classic stalwarts like George, James, and Edward. However, in my own humble way, I decided to offer the royals some suggestions for the new little prince’s name. These fictional princes of screen and stage were all memorable in their own way, weren’t they?
I’ve also given my readers the opportunity to vote on the zaniest possible name for the future King of England. Let’s see about plundering the pretend princes’ names:
Prince Ruprecht (Steve Martin) from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) from The Princess Bride
Prince Ludwig the Indestructible (Hugh Laurie) from Blackadder II
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince (Now Known As Prince Again)
Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) from Shrek 2
Prince Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) from Game of Thrones
Personally, my guess as to the prince’s name is…
James Phillip Arthur Michael Spencer.
But, it’s just a guess.