Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t name their daughter Philippa in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh because of sister-in-law Kate Middleton, a royal expert has said.
Philippa remains the red-hot favourite with bookies Ladbrokes at 2/1 to be the name of Harry and Meghan’s second-born child, with Diana currently second-favourite in the betting at 5/1.
Elsewhere, odds have been slashed from 12/1 to just 8/1 on the pair opting for the name ‘Poppy’, while Alegria is now 16/1 with the bookies.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Punters remain convinced Harry and Meghan will name their second child Philippa, although the latest odds suggest the pair might opt for Poppy.”
But one expert disagrees that the Sussexes will opt for the name Philippa – and says it’s all because of sister-in-law Kate.
Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor of Royal Central, a US website focused on news about the monarchy, told the Daily Star that while the name would honour Harry’s late granddad Prince Philip, it would also make the child’s name the same as Kate’s sister Pippa’s.
Ms Barger said: “I don’t think that they will name their daughter Philippa because that’s Kate’s sister’s name.
“People may hope they name their daughter that in memory of Philip, but I don’t see that happening.
“If they want to honour Philip, they may go with Andrea – the female form of his middle name Andrew; however, that also comes with complications due to Prince Andrew’sscandal with Jeffrey Epstein.
“I think whatever name they choose is going to be unexpected like Archie was.”