Elizabeth Is the Odds-on Favorite Baby Name for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby
Though Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have never officially announced a due date for their first child, the royal baby watch is officially on, with all that that entails: well-wishers, gender predictions, and... online gambling?
As early as last October—just days after the news of the pregnancy broke—betting sites like Betfair and Ladbrokes began taking wagers on everything from the baby's gender and birth weight to the day of the week it would be born. But by far the most contentious bit of betting has been, and remains, the issue of the name.
As of now, Elizabeth is holding on as the crowd favorite on Ladbrokes with 6/1 odds, and there may be a special reason for that. In addition to the obvious—Queen Elizabeth II being Harry's grandmother—many
Of course, Elizabeth is far from the only name in the running.
There's a long tradition of family names being handed down to royal babies, so it's no surprise that the betting front-runners at the moment are mostly comprised of names with some history.
Diana, the name of Prince Harry's late mother, currently ranks high on most lists—it's the top pick on Betfair and holds second place on Ladbrokes with 8/1 odds. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have certainly proven that they
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High ranking on both sites are the names Arthur and Alice; options that were also popular in the anticipation of Prince William and Kate's three children. Arthur is one of the middle names of both Prince William and Prince Louis and is, of course, a nod to the great English king of myth and legend (as well as one of Queen Victoria's sons.) Meanwhile, Alice has remained a favorite of bookies for years given its royal pedigree as the name of both Queen Elizabeth's aunt and Prince Philip's mother.
Philip himself is another potential source for the baby's name (Ladbrokes is currently ranking it with 12/1 odds) along with Charles (Betfair's #3 pick), and Doria (50/1). Princess Diana's surname, Spencer, in the mix at 33/1.
And while the rankings may make some names seem like shoe-ins, the
According to Prince Charles, the public was very forthcoming with ideas for baby Sussex during Harry and Meghan's royal tour of Australia and New Zealand last fall. "Incidentally, ladies and gentlemen, my son Harry
But Meghan Markle says they "haven't thought" of baby names yet. "We've been given a long list of names from everyone," she revealed during the royal tour of Australia. "We’re going to sit down and have a look at them. We haven’t thought of one as it’s still quite early.”
Harry and Meghan were quizzed on baby names during a tram ride in Melbourne. Meghan said: “We'— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) October 18, 2018
;been given a long list of names from everyone. We’re going to sit down and have a look at them. We haven’t thought of one as it’s still quite early.” #RoyalBaby #RoyalVisitAustralia ve
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