The next anticipated royal baby, due in the summertime, could be named Philippa after her great-grandfather, who passed away on April 9, aged 99. Bookies slashed the odds on the name to 3/1 beating out other close competitors such as Diana and Elizabeth.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Royal fans are increasingly hopeful that Harry and Meghan will name their daughter Philippa, and we’ve been forced to cut the odds accordingly as it’s the only name punters are backing right now.”
Meghan and Harry announced they were expecting another baby on Valentine’s Day.
They added to the reveal during the “tell-all” interview with Oprah Winfrey – sharing that Meghan was expecting a girl.
In her latest TV appearance, Meghan delivered a pre-recorded video message, speaking on how the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women, but one royal commentator suggested Meghan was “about to give birth any day.”
Discussing the video, Christina Garibaldi said: “She looks fantastic. She’s about to pop any single day and she’s just so excited about welcoming a daughter into the world and used this platform to empower women, tell people to get vaccinated and using her voice for good.”
Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall gave birth in February and March respectively – and opted to honour the Duke of Edinburgh.
Ladbrokes currently have 5/1 odds on “Diana” the baby’s name – and 10/1 on Elizabeth.
Ms O’Reilly added: “It certainly wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Diana is used, though it seems more likely it will be a middle name.
“Given Prince Harry’s ties to the military, the name Poppy would be incredibly fitting.”
Ms O’Reilly added: “Over the last few weeks the odds on baby Philippa have been backed heavily by royal punters which has forced the moniker into favouritism from 33/1.
“It would be an incredibly touching gesture for Harry and Meghan to call their firstborn daughter Philippa, and fans of the couple are seemingly convinced there will be a nod to Harry’s mother and grandparents somewhere in the little girl’s full name.”
Published at Thu, 13 May 2021 03:14:39 +0000