Prince Charles has joked about some unexpected entries on the shortlist of potential names for his future fourth grandchild.
According to the Prince of Wales, who was addressing guests at a reception at Australia House in London on Thursday evening, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who are expecting their first child in the spring – were offered countless baby name suggestions during their marathon tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, last month.
Charles joked that Kylie – a nod to one of Australia’s most famous daughters – ‘may make the shortlist’ as a result.
A Prince Shane is also a possibility according to Harry’s father; likely a light-hearted reference to Australian former international cricketer Shane Warne.
But the jovial royal warned guests not to hold their breath for ‘Edna or Les’. Comedian Barry Humphries, who is known for his stage and television alter egos of Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, was among the guests.
Charles was speaking a reception celebrating the centenary of Australia House which is Australia’s oldest diplomatic post and the longest continually-occupied diplomatic building in London.
According to Prince Charles, Harry and Meghan were bombarded with countless suggestions for baby names during their marathon tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. The royal couple are expecting their first child in the spring
Prince Charles, who was addressing guests at a reception at Australia House in London, joked that Kylie and Shane were in the running
Watched by the Duchess of Cornwall, he told the guests at the central London event: ‘Incidentally ladies and gentlemen my son Harry tells me that during their recent tour of Australia, he and his wife were offered countless thoughtful suggestions for the naming of their forthcoming baby.
‘Just between us, I suspect that Kylie and Shane may possibly make the shortlist.
‘But ladies and gentlemen I would not hold your breath for Edna or Les.’
Comedian Barry Humphries, who is known for his stage and television alter egos of Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, was among the guests.
Princess Kylie? The jovial Prince of Wales said ‘I suspect that Kylie and Shane may possibly make the shortlist’
Harry and Meghan, who married in May, are expecting their first child in the spring.
Charles, who went to Geelong Grammar School as a teenager, spoke of his ‘deep and abiding’ affection for Australia and his ‘pride in seeing it go from strength to strength’ both at home and on the world stage.
He praised Australia for its self-deprecating sense of humour and as a nation which he said stands by friends and strangers in times of trouble.
He described Australians as ‘frank, generous, courageous, resilient and above all great fun’.
He spoke of the strong spirit of Australians who could be relied on after devastating bushfires or floods, and he recalled the ‘profoundly moving’ dawn services he attended in 2015.
Charles unveiled a new portrait, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans. It shows Charles standing by a window and a grand piano in the tapestry room at Dumfries House, Scotland.
Prince Charles shook hands with Australian comic Barry Humphries, better known as his alter ego Dame Edna
A new piece of music written especially for the centenary, called This House, was also played.
Ex-pat Australians including Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, actor and dancer Adam Garcia and author Kathy Lette were also among the guests.
The audience was made up of Australians in the UK who have contributed to the Australia-UK relationship. They included figures, both British and Australian, from a range of industries including the worlds of sport, business, academia and the arts.
During the visit the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall also unveiled a stone engraving commemorating the anniversary. It mirrors the foundation stone laid by King George V in 1913.
Prince Charles and Camilla admire the striking portrait of His Royal Highness which is hanging at Australia House in London painted by Australian-born Ralph Heimans
The Duke and Duchess also unveiled a stone engraving that commemorates the centenary and mirrors the foundation stone laid by King George V in 1913
Charles was side by side with the portrait as he gave a speech at the commemoration ceremony, speaking about the painting by Ralph Heimans
The artist Ralph Heimans told the Sydney Morning Herald that the painting, which sees the future monarch posting in the Tapestry Room of Dumfries House, was all a nod towards Charles and what he represents.
‘He’s committed to protecting nature but he also loves farming and gardening so I depicted him with a walking stick – he has a collection in each of the houses.
‘Dumfries House is where he puts his theories into practice – there’s youth training and artists roaming the grounds and… he practices sustainable agriculture, it’s a very dynamic place,’ Heimans added.
In the window of the portrait is a looming oak tree that reflects on to the grand piano in front of Charles, which the artist said shows the Prince’s love of nature.
After arriving at Australia House the royal duo signed the guest book, which looked near to the end, marking 100 years since it was built in London in 1918
Charles mingled with guests at the event, including Craig Revel Horwood who had attended a ceremony the previous evening with Camilla
Charles watched on as his wife made her mark in the guest book which is situated in the entrance to Australia House