Alexander is going at 4/1, Arthur is at 5/1, with Spencer the big mover (cut from 20/1 to 9/1)


By The Guardian


As news of the British Royal Baby sweep the world news the newspapers are reporting on the : Royal baby boy name odds: what will Harry and Meghan call their first child?

However, the pair are forward-thinking royals and may decide to surprise everyone when naming their first child. Canadian-born Autumn Phillips, and husband Peter Phillips, opted for a non-traditional name for their daughter Savannah – the Queen’s first great-grandchild – in 2010.

Today, William Hill have a new favourite name – Alexander goes 4/1. Arthur is offered at 5/1, with Spencer the big mover (cut from 20/1 to 9/1).

The Duchess may also seek inspiration from her friends. Her confidante and stylist Jessica Mulroney has twin boys called Brian and John, who were pageboys at the royal wedding.

Harry and Meghan’s child, who will be seventh in line to the throne, is extremely unlikely ever to be king, meaning the couple have more freedom with their choices. In comparison, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to give their children traditional names, picking George for their firstborn, who is likely to one day be king.

What are the Royal baby name odds?

These odds from William Hill were last updated on May 7, 2019.

Boys names

  1. Albert 10/1
  2. Arthur 5/1
  3. Alexander 4/1
  4. James 6/1
  5. Phillip 14/1
  6. Spencer 9/1
  7. Harry 40/1
  8. Frederick 33/1
  9. Thomas 33/1
  10. Edward 20/1


News of the royal baby filled the front pages of several papers on Tuesday – and many, many pages beyond.

While there were no new pictures of the Duchess of Sussex or the baby, the Mail, Mirror and Express heroically still managed to devote 23, 11 and 11 pages of coverage respectively to the birth of the seventh in line to the throne.

“It’s a boy!” yelled the Express and the Times. “Boy I’m happy” said the Metro. The Daily Mirror led with words from Prince Harry: “I’m so incredibly proud of my wife. This little thing is absolutely to die for …” a quote repeated on the front of the Telegraph, which dedicated its entire front page to the news. The Sun focused on the fact that the baby was born at daybreak, which gives them the chance to pun on the news: “Sonrise at Windsor”.

Inside the papers, pages were filled with “royal photo albums”, showingPrince Harry, Prince William and Meghan as children, horoscopes for the new parents, speculating on how their star signs might affect their parenting styles, and bookmakers’ predictions on names.

Absolutely over the moon: How the newspapers carried the story

A gem of the speculative genre was an article on the Daily Express website headlined: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to choose UNUSUAL name for baby that UNIFIES the US and UK”.

Published online before Harry’s buoyant press conference and the Instagram postconfirming that the baby was a boy, the story quoted a “royal expert”, Victoria Arbiter, who told CBS that while she doesn’t have “an inside track on the actual name” she thought it would be a name that “works on both sides of the pond”.

Arbiter suggested Alexander – both a royal name and the name of founding father Alexander Hamilton – or Eleanor – after 12th century queen consort Eleanor of Aquitaine and Eleanor Roosevelt – as names that, in the language of the Express, unified the countries.

But the paper was asking for trouble when it tweeted out the headline, with readers having very different ideas to Arbiter about the sorts of names that brought both countries together.

“Iraq War,” tweeted one reader. Other suggestions included Beyoncé, Barack, and Cambridge Analytica.


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