Ever since the big announcement, royal fans have eagerly anticipated the birth of Meghan and Harry’s first child. Meghan and Harry had quite the year, with their big fairytale wedding in May, and just before their very first overseas tour as a couple, they released the bombshell that was their baby announcement. But aside from that statement from the Palace, we have gotten nothing else about their first born. But a recent clue might give away a fact about their baby.
Bookmakers Paddy Power have suspended betting on the gender of Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child after a flurry of bets on it being a girl. Yes, people do bet on that. The bookmaker, who was first to suspend betting even before the announcements over the couple’s engagement and pregnancy, as they have noticed an “identical pattern of betting” on this occasion, and are convinced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have a daughter.
This can also be seen as the betting over the child’s name has a clear female leader-with Diana being the favourite with 8/1. A Paddy Power spokesman said: “The flow of bets over the course of today has been almost as heavy as the general goodwill towards the couple – and we’re now convinced they’re having a girl.”
Currently, the standings for the possible baby names are:
There is also speculation that Meghan might be giving birth sooner than anyone has expected. This comes after some fans noticed something different after the Duchess’ last royal engagement on Thursday, January 10. Meghan attended Smart Works, a women’s charity which she now is a patron of. The goal of Smart Works is to help long-term unemployed women to find clothes and prepare for interviews. During the engagement, Meghan was wearing a stunning figure-hugging black dress, which showed her belly button, which has gone from being an ‘innie’ to an ‘outie’.
This shows that the Duchess has just entered her third trimester. Doctor Dr Carol Cooper, while talking to The Sun, said: “It’s absolutely normal for the belly button to become more prominent in pregnancy.
“This happens because the pressure inside the abdomen rises as the pregnancy progresses.
“A woman who’s got an ‘innie’ often finds this becomes an “outie” sometime after mid-pregnancy, often between 26 and 36 weeks.
“The timing isn’t reliable enough to make any predictions as to when the baby will arrive. Obviously, though, it does suggest the baby is growing.
“The belly button normally goes back to the shape it was before, but, like the rest of the body, it can take time.
“It doesn’t always look quite as neat as before the pregnancy. Think of a sock that’s no longer straight from the shop.”
The third trimester starts from around the 29th week of the pregnancy and lasts to the 40th week, but it can change from women to women.
Another thing people have been betting on is when the baby will be born. At the moment, according to bookmakers Ladbrokes, it is 5/6 that Meghan gives birth in March, 2/1 in April. That is followed by 4/1 that the royal addition is born as early as February and 10/1 that Meghan will have her first child as late as May.
Meghan and Harry got married in May last year, with a magical ceremony at St George’s Chapel.
Before the birth of their first child, the couple will be moving into Frogmore House, Windsor which is currently under renovation to be transformed into a family home.