Bookies slash odds on royal baby name – and there’s a clear favourite

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first child's baby name.

'Ivy' has emerged as the punters' clear favourite – with Paddy Power revealing those who fancy a flutter on the upcoming royal birth are betting strongly that it's a girl.

The name wasn’t even betting on Friday morning, but the bookmaker added it to the market at odds of 16/1 last night, and the fashionable moniker has since emerged the punters' clear favourite.

Ivy is now leading the odds 2/1 and Paddy Power says it is leading the betting by some distance, even over bets the couple could name their firstborn after Harry's late mother, Diana.

With punters clearly favouring the odds (1/3) that Baby Sussex will be a girl, Ivy is currently leading the odds with Diana trailing at (11/2), and Allegra (6/1) and Grace (7/1) also losing backing.

If the couple were to go with Ivy, the little princess-to-be would share a name with pop culture royalty.

Beyonce and Jay Z named their daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

Some of the other options punters are convinced are on the table have sweet personal origins.

According to Forbes, Allegra is the name Princess Diana would have given to a daughter if she had not had two boys, Princes William and Harry.

A Paddy Power spokesman said: “Punters have often led the way with intel on Harry and Meghan, from their engagement to pregnancy. And now, it appears, choice of baby name.

“Ivy wasn’t remotely in contention until Friday evening and, since then, it’s emerged as the clear favourite after a substantial run of bets.”

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