The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have only just announced a baby is on the way but already possible names are being discussed.
Bookies have jumped into action when it comes to what moniker Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, may choose for their little one – and there are some very familiar choices in the mix!
Betfair is touting Diana, Alice and Arthur as the firm favourites, offering odds of 12/1 on each.
Diana would, of course, be a tribute to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Alice, meanwhile, was the name of Harry’s grandfather The Duke of Edinburgh’s mother, while Arthur has always been a popular name within the royal family.
A spokesperson for Betfair said: “At this stage Diana, Arthur and Alice, which was favourite at different stages for Kate and William’s babies, are the 12/1 front runners. However, with months until the baby is born, those odds will shorten, change and other names will come to the forefront, so watch this space.”
Meanwhile, over at fellow bookies William Hill, they’re currently predicting Alexander, Alice, Elizabeth or Victoria as the big favourites.
Alexander is at 7/1 while Alice, Elizabeth and Victoria are all at 10/1.
A spokesperson for William Hill said: “We took eight bets in the first minute today and given the popularity of the couple this could be bigger than the original market we had for Prince George.”
Other popular names being touted by the bookies as possibilities include Edward, Alfred, Philip, Henry, Andrew, James, Oliver, Thomas, Albert or Grace.
Many of the current favourites have already been used by Harry’s brother The Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge for their three children.
Prince George’s middle names are Alexander and Louis, while Charlotte’s are Elizabeth and Diana and baby Louis’ are Arthur and Charles.
Harry himself was christened Henry Charles Albert David, while Meghan’s birth name was Rachel Meghan.
Kensington Palace announced Meghan’s pregnancy in a statement on Monday morning.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
A spokesperson said: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.
“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
It’s believed Meghan and Harry shared their baby news with the Royal Family at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday.
A palace rep said: “The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple and were able to congratulate them on Friday at the wedding in person.”
The baby will be seventh in line to the throne.
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Speculation that Meghan could be expecting her first child arose when she wore a loose fitting navy coat to Eugenie’s nuptials and did not remove it throughout the ceremony.
The confirmation came as she and Harry arrived in Sydney, Australia to start their first overseas tour as a married couple.
They will also visit New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji, with palace officials saying they had sought medical advice on their travel plans and would continue as they had planned despite the presence of Zika in Tonga and Fiji.
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