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Royal baby name odds: what will Harry and Meghan call their son?

Most punters think Duke and Duchess of Sussex will stick with tradition

Bookies are being flooded with bets about what name the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will choose for their newborn son.

The baby boy, who is seventh in line to the throne, arrived at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz.

Prince Harry said that “the little thing is absolutely to die for” and that he and his wife, Meghan Markle, are “still thinking about names”. 

The current bookmaker favourite is Alexander (3/1), “perhaps a nod to the Queen’s great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra”, says The Times.

James (4/1) is in second place, followed by Arthur (6/1), which is the middle name of Prince Louis, Prince Charles and Prince William. Prince Harry’s full name is Henry Charles Albert David.

Spencer and Albert (both 8/1) and Philip (12/1) - after the Duke of Edinburgh - are also among the bookies’ favourites.

As ITV News notes, “although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen as thoroughly modern royals, the public does not believe the new parents will break the mould when naming their child”.

Baby Sussex will not automatically become a prince unless the Queen steps in, however, after King George V limited titles within the Royal Family in 1917. “Harry’s first son could become Earl of Dumbarton - one of the subsidiary titles Harry received from the Queen on the morning of his wedding,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Over in the Duchess’ native US, the most popular baby name for boys is Liam, while Oliver is the most popular in the UK. “In short,” the newspaper concludes, “it’s anyone’s guess.”

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