It’s widely suspected that the Duchess of Sussex is having a girl, but, of course, nothing’s been confirmed. Sure, her NYC baby shower was packed with pink things, but it could’ve been an attempt to throw us all off the scent. Or, and most likely, it meant absolutely nothing and Meg just likes the colour. In the end, we’re all still just guessing. But just because we don’t know the gender of Meghan and Prince Harry‘s babe doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on what they’re going to name Baby Sussex.
As they do with every royal baby soon to be entering the world, bookmakers in the U.K. are predicting what the couple will name their child. And their favourite is our favourite: Diana.
“Royal baby betting has never been more popular and the public clearly love Harry and Meghan,” Rupert Hill of online gambling site William Hill told the Daily Mail. “At this stage we think turnover will be higher for the Sussex baby than it was for Prince George. The killer blow for the bookies is for the baby to be a girl and for them to choose to call her Diana.”
With 8-1 odds, Victoria is actually tied with Diana for the top spot but there’s something both lovely and bittersweet about naming their daughter after Harry’s late mother, who died when he was 12.
The next closest, with 12-1 odds, brings the boys into the picture with Philip and Albert, tied with Alice.
The other names rounding out the list are, for a girl, Elizabeth (16-1), Grace and Alexandra (20-1) and Frances (25-1). For a boy, James (14-1), Arthur (16-1) and Edward and Alfred (25-1) are definite possibilities.
As far as the bookies success rates with the Cambridge babies? They were close — but not every time. They nailed it with their firstborn, as George was the front-runner from the beginning. Alice was the favourite for their daughter, though Elizabeth and eventual winner Charlotte made up the rest of the Top 3. But they got Louis‘ wrong, so wrong, with everyone believing it to be Albert, which was the supposed accidentally leaked name.
While the Cambridges went super-traditional with their children’s names, Harry and Meghan might have the ability to be a little unconventional with their choice. Their child will be nowhere near a throne so they don’t have that same pressure to live up to. Plus, it’s no secret how much Harry adored his mother, so what better way to honour her than by naming his firstborn after her? And if they manage to drop in Doria as one of her middle names we wouldn’t be mad.
Now, if Baby Sussex winds up being a boy, which many bettors are hoping for, Philip and Albert are great suggestions, but perhaps they can pay tribute to Diana another way. That’s right, guys, we’d like to submit Spencer as a possible contender. It’s definitely not traditional, but it’s not so outrageous that folks would be up in arms. (Well, some would be but those are the people who are impossible to please.)
Another option: Henry. Yeah, yeah, we know that’s Harry’s given name, but since he doesn’t go by it, why not let his son have at it?