You Can Become Rich Betting on the Royal Baby (But It’s a Long Shot)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby will be born into wealth, but its good fortune may extend to us peasants, too — that is, if you’re a betting person. It turns out that many people are willing to gamble their dollars and pounds on what the royal baby will be called — from Diana all the way to Thanos and even members of the Spice Girls — and down to what day, month and weight the baby will enter this world.
The royal couple welcomed a baby boy into the world on May 5, 2019, but the child has yet to be named and people are still placing bets on which name will appear on his royal birth certificate.
Names: The Top Choices
With 4-1 odds, most gamblers anticipated that the royal baby will be named after Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who died when Harry was just 12 years old. But there are a lot of other names to bet on. According to the London-based gambling company Betfair, the other most popular possible royal baby names and their odds are:
15-1: Arthur, James, Alice, Edward or Victoria
Names: The Challengers
You can make at least 20 times the amount you bet, should the royal baby be christened with one of these names:
20-1: Alexandra, Alexander, Elizabeth or Frances
21-1: Jacob or Rachel
26-1: Francis, Oliver or Anna
Names: The Also Rans
In the bracket of 30-1 through 39-1 odds, you’ll find these names:
31-1: Sophia, Winston, Spencer or Mary
34-1: Henry, Ruth, Cecilia, Hodgey, Isobella, Ava or Matilda
36-1: Fredrick, Margaret, Richard, Phillip, Mathilde, Albert or Lilly
Names: The Long Shots
Things start to get weird when odds hit above 200-1. Namely for Thanos and Thor, who both have 275-1 betting odds, while Jesus, Patrick and Niall have 225-1 on Betfair. Maybe the royals want our world to be perfectly balanced?
Names: The Longest Shots
If you bet as little as $5 (or £5) you can earn up to $5,000 with these 500-1 odds. The likelihood of these names being chosen is basically nonexistent (unless the royal couple are fanatic “Game of Thrones” or Genghis Khan fans) but hey, dreamers can dream. Here’s the list, according to Betfair:
Names of Flowers
Some betting sites have their own royal baby “package specials.” The Leeds-based gambling company, Sky Bet, is currently paying out 20-1 odds that the royal baby will bear the name of a flower — specifically, Poppy, Rose or Lilly.
The Wives of King Henry VIII
Or perhaps Meghan and Harry would like to name their baby girl after one of the lucky wives of King Henry VIII? A Sky Bet package deal for Catherine, Anne or Jane will pay out 20-1.
The Spice Girls
What if what the royal couple really really wants is to name their child after one of Britain’s most famous pop bands, the Spice Girls? For every $1 or £1, you’ll receive $10 or £10 back with those 10-1 odds from Sky Bet, should the child be named Victoria, Melanie, Emma or Geri.
A Member of One Direction
Should the baby share the same name as one of the members of One Direction — Liam, Niall, Louis, Zayn or Harry — a lucky bettor can get a 20-1 payout on Sky Bet.
“This Morning” Show Hosts
Some are hoping that beloved British “This Morning” show hosts Phillip Schofield or Holly Willoughby will influence the royal baby’s name. Payouts are 20-1 on Sky Bet that Harry and Meghan will name their child Phillip or Holly.
A Boxing Heavyweight Champion
There’s big money to be made if Meghan and Harry decide to name their child after one of England’s greatest boxing heavyweight champions. With 33-1 odds at Sky Bet, you’ll get a knockout payout should the royal baby be christened Anthony, Joshua, Lennox or Lewis.
It’s another longshot, but if you place bets on the royals giving their baby a Christmas themed name, you can sing Ode to Joy all the way to the bank. Skybet is paying 33-1 odds if the baby’s birth certificate bears the name of Ivy, Carol or Holly.
Day of Birth
Pick any day of the week and Betfair will give you 11-2 odds that it will be the day of birth of the royal baby.
Time of Birth
Similarly, with odds of 9-2, you can bet in three-hour and 59-minute blocks as to when you believe the royal baby will enter this world. You can also pick whether the royal birth will happen in the a.m. or p.m., with odds of 10-11, according to Betfair.
Guess the royal baby’s weight and your wallet can get a bit heavier. These are the odds at London-based bookmaker William Hill:
16-1: Less than 5 pounds
8-1: Between 5 and 5 pounds, 15 ounces
3-1: Between 6 and 6 pounds, 15 ounces
2-1: Between 7 and 7 pounds, 15 ounces
2-1: Between 8 to 8 pounds, 15 ounces
8-1: Between 9 and 9 pounds, 15 ounces
16-1: 10 pounds and over
Number of Babies
Betfair is also taking bets on how many new little royals will appear when the Duchess of Sussex gives birth. Here they are:
Gender of the Royal Baby
Most people are expecting a royal baby girl. Betfair’s odds in favor of a girl are 1.57-1 and odds in favor of a new baby boy are 2.25-1. There are worse ways to make a dollar.
When the Name Will Be Announced
Not only are gamblers gambling on what the baby’s name will be, they’re also betting on when the name will be announced. Here are those odds at Betfair:
1.44-1: Same day as birth
4-1: The day after
6-1: Two days later
8-1: Three to seven days later
Month of Birth
It’s expected that the royal baby will come into this world in April, but that hasn’t stopped bookies from taking bets up through June. If you want to bet on which month Markle will give birth, these are the odds, according to Betfair:
So do you feel lucky — or even comfortable — betting on the royal baby?