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British Royal birth fires up baby name betting

Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson set up an official notice on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019, announcing the birth of a son to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. - AFP
Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson set up an official notice on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019, announcing the birth of a son to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. - AFP

UK: “James”, “Arthur”, “Philip” and “Albert” led the list of bookmakers’ favourites on Monday for the name of the new baby of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Harry said the name would be revealed later this week.

Royal names in Britain are normally chosen from a relatively restricted pool of those used by past royals. This presents Harry and Meghan -- a mixed-race former US TV actress -- with the difficult choice of whether to follow royal tradition or choose a more unusual name.

However, since their baby is only seventh in line to the throne and therefore unlikely to ever become king, the couple may have more freedom to make their own choice.

When Meghan ran a lifestyle blog called The Tig before her wedding last year, she wrote that one of her favourite baby names was Grey, which would work both a boy and a girl.

That is unlikely to go down well in Britain and the same would go for very American-sounding names such as Bradley, which is seen as highly improbable by the bookmakers.

Slightly higher in the odds ranking is “Spencer” -- a popular name in the United States that is also the maiden name of Harry’s late beloved mother Princess Diana.

Rupert Adams from bookmaker William Hill said he had seen “a huge uplift” in betting on the name since the birth. “Arthur is the new favourite but we could see a lot of changes in the odds in the coming hours or even days,” Adams said.

At Paddy Power, the joint favourites were “Alexander” and “James”, although the odds of “Oliver” were also narrowing. Arthur, which dates back to the legend of King Arthur, is a popular middle name in the royal family -- held by Prince Charles, Prince William and William’s son Louis.

Albert was the name of Queen Victoria’s husband who insisted that it be used as a middle name by her descendants, while Philip would be a lasting tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s husband -- the Duke of Edinburgh.

During the early days of Meghan’s pregnancy, her father-in-law Prince Charles joked that the couple had received lots of suggestions during a tour of Australia.

“Just between us, I suspect that Kylie and Shane may possibly make the shortlist,” he said in a speech at Australia House in London. “But, ladies and gentlemen, I would not hold your breath for Edna or Les,” he quipped. Meanwhile,Tradition-defying royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, broke with custom yet again on Monday with the announcement of the birth of their first child.

News of the birth was released on Instagram -- a first in royal history -- in a post on their @sussexroyal account with the couple’s crest and the simple phrase: “It’s a BOY!” The post received more than 750,000 likes in under an hour. The account was only launched in April, breaking a world record by reaching a million followers in under six hours. Harry has battled to protect his privacy for years. The couple had made it clear last month that they wanted the birth kept private -- in contrast to Harry’s brother Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. Their three children were all delivered in the private wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London and shown off to the world’s media and royal fans a short time later.

Instead, the new baby will only be seen later this week to a media pool that will share the images worldwide. - AFP


 

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