Betting heats up on royal name of 'to die for' baby

Top News | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 8 May 2019

Thrilled Britons bet on baby names and congratulations poured in yesterday after Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed the royal family's first known mixed-race member.

Harry announced the birth of the couple's first child - a 3.26-kilogram son who will be seventh in line to the British throne.

"This little thing is absolutely to die for," Harry, 34, said with a giggle, delighted but somewhat overwhelmed.

The couple also announced the birth - "It's a boy!" - to their 6.4 million followers on Instagram.

The world has been buzzing about Britain's royals ever since Meghan, a 37-year-old television star with partial African American ancestry, infused the family with a hip new vibe.

Meghan decided to ignore past practice by keeping the birth private and well out of the prying media's eyes.

With the birth being private, most British media assumed that Meghan had opted for a home delivery.

Not so, said The Daily Mail, announcing that "overdue Meghan's home birth dream was dashed as she was secretly whisked to a London hospital on Sunday by Harry and his Scotland Yard security team."

The Sun breathlessly reported that Meghan was a "week overdue" and ended up being secretly rushed to a 15,000-a-night (HK$154,019) London hospital before giving birth "at exactly sunrise." The Daily Mail countered that the birth came three minutes later.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said only that such details should be revealed when the birth is officially registered, most likely later this week.

Britain has a long and proud tradition of betting on just about everything, and the new arrival had the bookies busy for months. The odds have the names Albert, Oliver, Edward, Henry and Charles surging to the top.

British royal names are normally chosen from a relatively restricted pool of those used by past kings and queens. But Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are anything but normal royals.

For now, British television stations refer to the new arrival as simply "Baby Sussex."

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