All the name predictions for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby
Will they follow tradition?
As if one royal baby wasn’t exciting enough for 2019, Kensington Palace has announced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in springtime, next year.
Meghan and Harry – who touched down in Sydney, Australia this morning (15 October) for the first leg of their royal tour – said they were “delighted” to share the news with the public.
While spring is still a bit of a way off yet, that hasn’t stopped the bets on baby names rolling in with multiple bookmakers already issuing expected predictions.
Bookmakers Betway have James as a front runner, when it comes to a boy, with 9/1 odds.
Meanwhile, Betfair have Arthur as a favourite at 12/1, Edward in second place at 16/1 and then James in third at 18/1. Other names which have attracted people’s money include: Henry, Oliver, Thomas, Albert and Alexander.
Paddy Power has Arthur as the favourite at 12/1, with Edward and James following at 16/1 and 18/1.
Leading the way in many of the bookmakers’ estimations is Diana, after Harry’s beloved mother. Paddy Power and Betfair has the moniker as the favourite at 8/1 and 12/1.
Other suggestions include Victoria – the favourite on Betway at 15/2 – while other suggestions include Elizabeth, Alice, Mary and Grace.
Historically, there is a certain precedent when it comes to which names royals can choose for their newborns. However, baby name expert SJ Ljungstrom from Channel Mum suggests it wouldn’t be surprising if the Sussex’s chose to veer away from this traditional route.
“Traditionally royal names are very constrained with only a certain set of monikers to choose from,” Ljungstrom explains. “However, as in everything else, Meghan may well break the mould and do things her way. Undoubtedly the baby’s name will reflect the couple’s beliefs and will stylishly blend centuries of royal history with Meghan’s modern American heritage.”
Ljungstrom has suggested the couple could chose to honour family with their chosen names, drawing on Charles for a boy, perhaps Henry as a middle name (given it is Prince Harry’s actual name) or even Thomas as a middle name, in tribute to Meghan’s father.
For a girl, the name expert even suggests Meghan could draw on one of her feminist heroes for inspiration such as Rosa [Parks] or Maya [Angelou]. They could also chose Doria as one of the names, after Meghan’s mother who she appears to be especially close to.
With all this variation, who really knows? As Katie Baylis, Betfair’s spokesperson notes many of these names were also touted as possibilities for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby, Prince Louis, earlier on in the year.
“With months until the baby is born, these odds will shorten, change and other names will come to the forefront, so watch this space,” she advises.
Source: redonline co uk