A flurry of activity surrounding the royal baby’s name is coming from the bookmakers in the U.K. and this has people wondering if they know something they are not sharing with the public. Betting on the royal baby is big business with odds given on everything from gender to birth weight.
According to The Huffington Post on March 31, the name “Alice” has suddenly replaced the name of “Charlotte” as a favored girl’s name just as Kate is coming into the final month of her pregnancy. The baby is due mid to late April.
Both Charlotte and Alice are old royal names with Queen Victoria having a daughter, Princess Alice. Two of the big gambling houses in the U.K., William Hill and Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on the royal baby being named Alice. William Hill is giving 4/1 odds and Ladbroke offers 3/1 odds on Alice being the royal baby’s name.
According to ABC News, Cormac Dowling from the online gambling house BetFair said that it is running 50/50 when it comes to people betting on the royal baby being a boy or a girl, but there is more betting activity on a girl’s name today. They announced the name of “Alice” as the frontrunner last week.
This means of course the baby would need to be a girl and the fact that Kate gravitated towards clothes for baby girls while shopping in Chelsea recently is considered the tell-tale sign that this baby will be a girl. This is despite William and Kate still saying they do not know the baby’s gender.
Kate’s walk through the girl’s clothes department could just be wishful thinking on her part to have a baby girl, giving George a little sister. There is a reason that the betting houses have Alice as a favorite now, but it is not due to Kate’s shopping habits.
William Hill “mysteriously notes” the changes they’ve seen in one particular area of the country. Hill says, ““We have seen a significant number of bets, particularly from the Tunbridge area – you have to think there is a good reason for the gamble.”