By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 16th October 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement means that William Hill have already paid out on the Royal couple having a baby in 2019. Now, the markets are open for the Royal baby betting.
There was a spike in the betting last Friday during Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding when Meghan wore a ‘loose coat’ which saw William Hill halve the price of a 2019 baby.
Just days later, the Palace confirmed there was indeed a baby on the way in Spring.
The first bet in the book was for Victoria at odds of 8/1 with Alice now the betting favourite at 12/1. Elizabeth came in joint second at 8/1 but now trades at 16 whilst Diana – a potential namesake for Prince Harry’s mother – has been priced up at a 12/1 punt by the traders.
“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,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
Royal baby name odds: betting on Royal baby name
- 12/1 Alice
- 12/1 Diana
- 14/1 Arthur
- 14/1 Charles
- 14/1 James
- 14/1 Victoria
- 16/1 Alexandra
- 16/1 Alfred
Previous baby names in the Royal family have tended to be more traditional like George, Charlotte and Louis but considering the fact that Harry and Meghan are thought to be a progressive, forward-thinking couple and that their child would be seventh in line in throne – we could see an outside name.
Harry and Meghan’s newborn to be named Chad – a name which featured in the Top 1000 baby names of England and Wales in 2011 – is currently betting at odds of 100/1.
The Queen’s first great-grand child was named Savannah whilst Zara Philips and Mike Tindal opted to call their children Mia Grace and Lena Elizabeth.
Alice, the name of one of Queen Victoria’s children, is one of the favourites– and given the arrival expected in the spring and Alice’s birth on 25 April 1843 – they could choose for her to share the name.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.