Speculation is hotting up about what Princess Eugenie (30) and Jack Brooksbank (35) will call their firstborn. Many punters believe they’ll go the safe route and choose something traditional – but another camp thinks they may just shake things up.
Grace and Arthur are the frontrunners when it comes to betting odds, with Ladbrokes – the popular UK betting system – setting the odds at 6/1 for both the monikers.
“It's an exciting start to the year for the royals, and the early betting favours traditional names such as Grace and Arthur for the newest addition to the family,” says Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes.
But, as Jessica points out, Eugenie is quite a “left-field name” so they can’t rule out something more off the well-worn royal path.
“They could decide to go with something like Tarquin or Matilda,” she adds.
Victoria, Arabella and Alice have the next highest odds for girls’ names, while James is a contender for a son, all with 7/1 odds. Following close behind with 8/1 odds are Fredrick, Edward, Florence and Albert. The more unusual names follow in their wake.
Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter announced her baby news in an Instagram post last year, writing she and her entrepreneur hubby are “so excited” for their tot’s arrival “in early 2021”.
While no due date was given, it’s since emerged she’s expected to give birth mid-February.
A friend of the couple reckons Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter will take after her mom Sarah Ferguson’s laissez-faire parenting style.
“Eugenie is such a fun person but very thoughtful too. I think she will be more of a bohemian parent, a bit like her mom, while Jack will be calm and chilled.”
Sources: people.com, marieclaire.co.uk