Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may have only just announced that they’re expecting a baby, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from starting to speculate on the most likely name they’ll bestow on their firstborn.
Already, bookmakers around the world have released their baby name favourites (as well as hair colour – our bet’s on ginger – and due date, but we’ll leave that for another day).
Regardless of whether the happy couple have even discussed the matter amongst themselves yet, Arthur is currently the hot favourite for a royal baby boy. Locally, Sportsbet are predicting Arthur, Edward and Alexander as the top three most likely boy names, while British bookkeepers have James as the frontrunner, with Arthur and Edward also likely, Harper’s Bazaar UK reports.
As for potential girls’ names? Many are speculating that Prince Harry and Meghan would name their first daughter after Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Other suggestions include Alice, Grace, Victoria, Alexandra, Frances and Elizabeth.
Alternatively, the couple may veer away from royal tradition in favour of a more personal choice.
Given that their children won’t be directly in line to the throne, they’re not strictly obliged to choose a royal moniker – they may follow the lead of Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Zara Philips, who has named her daughters Lena and Mia.