With another royal baby due early in the spring of 2019, bookmakers are quickly jumping on the royal baby betting bandwagon. The new member of the royal family will be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first born and the gender, name and date of birth predictions are already on.
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The announcement of another royal baby delighted the nation following the celebrations of the royal wedding earlier this year. Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle are expecting their first child and there are many predictions being made on the gender of the baby, hair colour, eye colour, name, weight, birthday and more.
Bringing a sense of patriotism and uniting the nation, the announcement of the royal baby prompted Brits flock to bookies both online and offline to have a fun bet on the outcome, with royal betting specials one of the most popular betting specials across the UK. Whether the baby will be a redhead or brunette, born in April or May, in the morning or at night, a boy or a girl, are just some of the things we’re beginning to speculate.
With plenty of options for royal baby betting, we are sharing some of the best odds, latest markets, tips and even promotions to guide you on where to place your money:
The most favoured bet is of course the name of the royal baby. There are currently five names that are frontrunners; Diana, Charles, Alice, Grace and Frances. With 14.29% of bets being placed on Diana, the nation seems to be in agreement that the child will be a female, and named after Prince Harry’s well-loved, late mother in tribute.
Seventh in line to the throne, it’s very unlikely that this baby will ever reign as King or Queen. This leaves scope for some more unusual names as the pressure to keep it traditional isn’t as high as it would be for a throne frontrunner. Because of this, bookies are taking bets on some more unusual names for a royal baby, such as Rachel, Sofia, Amalia, Winston, Victor, Bruce, Rhys, Tyrone, Rory and many more.
The most popular bet for the gender as it stands is that the child will be a girl, with 58.62% of bets placed favouring this option. Betfair and Paddy Power are offering 5/6 on the gender of the baby, coral are offering 20/21.
Most of the bets on the day of the birth have been placed for Saturday, meaning betters feel fairly confident the baby will arrive on this day. Big player bookmakers Bet365, Betfair and Paddy Power each have the odds of this happening at 11/2, however Ladbrokes are offering 5/1. With 57.14% of the vote, it also seems like our minds have been made up that the baby will arrive in the afternoon (PM).
There is even speculation that Meghan may give birth to twins, with Betfair offering odds of 6/1 on this scenario. The speculation has grown even greater as Coral lowered the odds on this happening from 8/1 to 4/1, and fellow bookmaker Paddy Power and William Hill suspending all bets on this market following an influx of requests.
Currently the colour choices for the hair of Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child are Black, Brown, Red, Auburn and Blonde. The favourite at Paddy Power and Betfair is black, with odds of 5/4 on offer. At 25/1, the odds of blonde aren’t looking likely. With Meghan’s striking features more prominent than Prince Harry’s, the big question is black or red?
Punters are even betting on the weight of the child upon its birth, with 7 lbs 15 oz and 8 lbs 15 oz current favourites at 2/1 on Paddy Power. Odds of the baby being 5 lbs and under and 10 lbs and over are placed at 16/1 at William Hill and Paddy Power are offering 20/1 on 5 lbs and under and 16/1 on 10 lbs or more.
Since the announcement, bookmakers are even offering odds on whether Prince Louis or the new royal baby will receive the highest GCSE grades, who will be the first to go bald and who will be the first to get married. Bookmakers predict takings of £6 million in wagers on the baby name alone.
For the best tips and predictions, keep an eye on the latest news about the royal couple. Odds will change regularly as Meghan Markle’s pregnancy progresses, so staying up to date on everything reported will give you better insight into the outcomes. Aside from hunches and intuition, there’s little more to advise when it comes to royal betting as it becomes a game of potluck.
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