Upon hearing that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child, the initial reaction of many, it seems, was to immediately start spouting out guesses for the next royal baby's name. According to multiple outlets, on Monday, mere hours after Kensington Palace released the pregnancy announcement, betting companies were already setting the odds for Meghan and Harry's firstborn's potential names.
If the baby is a girl, oddsmaker Paddy Power already has Diana, in honor of Harry's late mother, as the leading option, E! News reports. Ladbrokes, however, has given Victoria top odds, per Express, while Fitzdares has Alice in the top spot, according to the Evening Standard. Other potential names for a daughter include Elizabeth, Isabella, Mary, and Alexandria. If Harry and Meghan welcome a son, however, Ladbrokes has Albert, Arthur, and Philip in a three-way tie, each with 10 to one odds, while Fitzdares has Alexander shooting far above the rest, with odds of two to one.
Though the majority of bets so far have been placed on more traditional names, these outlets also note that it's entirely likely that the parents-to-be could put a slightly edgier moniker on their child's birth certificate. For one thing, since Meghan is American, she doesn't have any particularly strong ties to these family names. And for another, her and Harry's child will be seventh in line to the throne and unlikely to ever be king or queen, and could thus get away with having a more modern name.
As you ponder your own predictions for the baby's name, here are some things to consider. Harry's full name is Henry Charles Albert David, and Meghan's is Rachel Meghan Markle—either of which could certainly be mined for naming inspiration. Additionally, Harry's older brother Prince William paid tribute to Princess Diana (and to their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II) when he and Kate Middleton named their own daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Finally, Will and Kate also have included the name Louis in both of their sons' names; perhaps Harry and Meghan will carry on this tradition as a bit of an inside joke.