Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have had a baby boy the Duke of Sussex revealed yesterday.
Prince Harry and his wife used Instagram to make the announcement.
Then the Duke spoke at a press conference in Windsor during which he gushed about the tot’s arrival.
But what will the little boy be called?
There is much speculation as to the name of the infant.
Betway’s Alan Alger said: “There is always much speculation around the naming of a royal baby and it is certainly no different for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s newborn son.”
He revealed the favourite name is an ancient royal name.
“Alexander currently leads the betting at 100/30, with names beginning with A proving the most popular, with Albert at 7/2 and Arthur at 6/1 just behind.”Royal baby name odds from Betway
One Twitter user wrote: “I'm thinking James (Jamie) or Edward (Eddie) so it can be Americanised probably w Henry (Harry's real name) Philip or Charles as middle names maybe Thomas in there if he made peace w Meghan.”
“I’m thinking Harry and Meghan will name their newborn son Fredrick, Edward or Alfred!” another said.
Of course, Edward is the name of the former British king, the uncle of the Queen’s father.
He abdicated so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Dr. Jane Pilcher, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University and leading authority on the sociology of names, weighed in on the baby name.
She said: “Culture plays a vital role in the perception of certain names, the names that are popular or unpopular in different countries and, ultimately, what we choose to name our children.
“As Meghan and Harry’s son is the first royal baby to have both British and American parentage, I would be surprised if they agree on a name that we would expect, or that’s quintessentially British.
“They will need to choose a name that is suitable for Royalty, but they also have the added challenge of it being accepted and correctly pronounced among both the UK and US public.”
According to Dr Jane Pilcher, the fact that the child is a boy makes it much harder to predict its name. As she explains: “Boys’ names in England and Wales are becoming increasingly diverse and are catching up with girls’ names in terms of variety. For example, in 1996, there were 3,714 names used for boys, compared to 5,000 for girls. In 2016, there were 6,247 names used for boys, compared to 7,500 for girls.
“They are also becoming more informal. For example, ‘Charlie’, ‘Alfie’, ‘Freddie’ and ‘Archie’ are now hugely popular