While James, Albert, and Victoria might be more likely what about the Irish American Duchess opting for “Liam Windsor”? We can hope!
The news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child is being celebrated around the world as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex jet off to Sydney, Australia ahead of the Invictus Games.
Kensington Palace announced the news, via Twitter, saying Harry and Meghan are “very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.”
“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
The Palace confirmed that the Duchess of Sussex is in “good health” and has had her 12-week scan. The Royal family, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Duchess Camilla, Prince William and Duchess Kate are “delighted” for Harry and Meghan.
Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, also said she’s “very happy about this lovely news” and “looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”
Of course, bets are already on for what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will call their first-born child. Here at IrishCentral we could help but hope that the Royal couple might choose an Irish name for their baby who’s due in spring 2019, giving Markle’s Irish roots and the fact that the couple visited Dublin in July 2018, just two months after their wedding. However, it seems unlikely given the strict traditions attached to Royal names.
So far Coral bookmakers’ favorites are James or Victoria. Ladbrokes bookmakers are reporting that Victoria and Alice are early favorites for girls while Albert, Arthur, and Philip are top picks if it’s a boy.
Perhaps, given that Markle is from the United States she might go with a popular American name. Right now, the most popular name for boys in the USA is Liam (hello Liam Windsor!) or for a girl it’s Emma. In the UK the top name in 2017 for boys was Oliver and for a girl Olivia.
Baby name suggestions for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first baby? pic.twitter.com/C3koU5JE8t— MTV UK (@MTVUK) October 15, 2018
Meghan and Harry arrived in Sydney on Monday to begin their 16-day tour which will take in Australia, New Zealand, and Tonga. The Invictus Games, the sporting event founded by Harry in 2014 gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball, will also take place during their visit.
This is only their second international trip since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex married in May, apart from a two-day visit to Ireland. It will be an exceedingly busy trip including 76 engagements.