The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their baby boy in the early hours of this morning – and now the wait continues to find out the little one’s name.
Harry and Meghan’s 7lbs 3oz son was born earlier today and the traditional names James and Alexander are currently the favourites with odds of 7/2.
Both of these options have overtaken Arthur, Edward and Oliver, which had been expected by bookies to be chosen by the new parents.
Since the baby’s arrival gambling company Betfair have seen a flurry of bets, with thousand of royal fans wanting to predict the youngster’s name.
Betfair Spokesperson Katie Baylis said: ‘It’s the news the world has been waiting for for days and now that the Royal Couple have announced they have had a little baby boy, attention now turns to what his name will be.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have welcomed their first child together. Their son was born in the early hours of this morning and weighed 7lbs 3oz
The new parents shared the news on Instagram, post pictured, and thanked ‘members of the public for their shared excitement and support’
‘James and Alexander are the joint favourites at 7/2, both slashed from 12/1 after a flurry of bets on both names in the last few hours.
‘They overtake previous favourite for a boy, Arthur which is at 6/1, with two equally traditional names Edward and Oliver at 12/1.’
Members of the royal family traditionally opt for conventional, regal names with a nod to history, but forward-thinking Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, may want to do things their own way and pick something more modern.
Diana had been expected to be among the names for a girl in tribute to Harry’s late mother, but he could decide to honour her by using Spencer – the princess’s family name – as one of his son’s names.
Other options could include Charles, after the Prince of Wales, Philip, after the Duke of Edinburgh, or royal favourites James, Albert, Frederick, Arthur or even Henry – Harry’s actual first name.
Prince Harry shared the news from outside Windsor Castle today, and called the birth ‘the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined’
American former actress Meghan, who is the first mixed-race person to marry a senior British royal, may want to pay tribute to her own family heritage.
When the former Suits star ran her lifestyle blog The Tig, she wrote that one of her favourite baby names was Grey, which works for a boy or a girl.
As Baby Sussex is seventh in line to the throne and not a future king, Harry and Meghan have more freedom over to what to choose.
The most popular name in the U.S. for a boy is Liam, followed by Noah, and in Canada, where Meghan lived for several years, it is Benjamin.
In England and Wales, and Australia and New Zealand, it is Oliver.
The couple have already been given lots of ideas by friends and family.
Royal fans are now placing bets on what the little one’s name will be, with James and Alexander being the favourites
During a tram ride in Melbourne during their Australia tour, Meghan told pupils from a local school: ‘We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone, we’re going to sit down and have a look at them.’
The Prince of Wales joked about Australian inspirations for the baby’s name in the early days of Meghan’s pregnancy.
He told guests at an event at Australia House, central London: ‘Incidentally, ladies and gentlemen, my son Harry tells me that during their recent tour of Australia he and his wife were offered countless thoughtful suggestions for the naming of their forthcoming baby.
‘Just between us, I suspect that Kylie and Shane may possibly make the shortlist.’
But Charles added: ‘But, ladies and gentlemen, I would not hold your breath for Edna or Les.’
He was referring to comedian Barry Humphries, who was among the guests and is known for his stage and television alter egos of Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.
The duchess would be unlikely to pay tribute to her estranged father Thomas Markle, who did not attend her wedding after falling ill and being caught staging paparazzi photographs.
Some fans had previously been convinced Baby Sussex would be a girl and named Ivy. This could have been inspired by Jessica Mulroney’s daughter, who is called Isabel Veronica, was one of the royal bridesmaids at the wedding last year
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Royal fans had previously been convinced Harry and Meghan’s child would be a girl and be named Ivy, just like her best friend Jessica Mulroney’s daughter.
A flurry of bets placed on the unlikely name in the past 48 hours made it the clear favourite at 7/4.
Royal fans were convinced on the name Ivy and Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney’s daughter, five, who served as a bridesmaid at the royal wedding, is often called ‘Ivy’, derived from her given name, Isabel Veronica.
And it was thought that the Duchess of Sussex could swipe the name for her own child, as a flurry of bets in the past 48 hours made it the new favourite.
Meghan’s goddaughter Ivy Mulroney is said to be close to the royal, and was one of the adorable bridesmaids at the royal wedding last May.
Before she closed down her Instagram account, Meghan would often share pictures of the little girl, and reference slumber parties watching movies and eating popcorn.
Her mother, Jessica Mulroney, is Meghan’s best friend and former stylist.
Meghan and Jessica pictured in May 2016, just months before the former actress is said to have met Prince Harry. The pair have been firm friends for years
Meghan and Jessica, who is said to have met Meghan when she moved to Toronto to film Suits, is also a likely choice for godmother for the royal baby.
Jessica is rumoured to play a significant part in the baby’s life, and it has been suggested that she and her husband, Ben, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, are likely to become godparents.
In addition to dressing Meghan — who is perhaps her best-known client — Jessica has also worked with the likes of Canada’s first lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Shania Twain.
Mrs Mulroney and Meghan are said to have bonded over a passion for yoga, Pilates, dogs and philanthropy – and Meghan calls herself as ‘Aunty Meg’ to her three children.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may seek inspiration from Jessica’s children when naming their own, with a flurry of bets in the last 24 hours on Ivy
Meghan and Prince Harry are even said to have sought refuge at Mrs Muroney’s house when news of their relationship broke.
And while it may seem unlikely Meghan would swipe the name from her best friend, bookies have slashed odds from 20/1 to just 7/4 – the shortest price any name has been since the betting opened last year.
It is now believed to be more likely than previous favourite names for a girl, including Diana, Allegra and Grace.
Other famous Ivy’s include Beyonce’s daughter with Jay-Z, who is named Blue Ivy.
Meghan is said to be due any day now, and royal fans are absolutely positive she’s having a girl, with odds now at just 1/2
Fans were absolutely positive the royal will be having a girl, with odds at just 1/2.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: ‘It’s by far the biggest move we’ve seen in the Royal Baby betting and punters are clearly getting confident Baby Sussex will be a girl.’
Ivy is a traditional name that has grown in popularity in recent years. It means fidelity and eternity, with ancient Greeks giving newlyweds an ivy wreath to symbolise their commitment to each other.