In just over a month, Prince Harry will wed his actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle and UK bookmakers are reporting on some serious betting action.
It promises to be a bumper year for bookies as not only are their multiple betting markets on the Royal Wedding, but also on the third child due to be born to Prince William and his wife Kate.
And bookies believe that we may even have a hat trip of royal related announcements if Meghan Markle announces that she is expecting a baby sometime this year.
Bookies are having enormous fun with their novelty bet sections, offering the usual markets, as well as the more innovative ones such as who will be on the guest list.
Another Royal Baby Expected?
It's no secret that Prince Harry gets broodier with each passing year, and he has publicly stated that he'd love to be a Dad.
Add to that the fact that the couple were reportedly taking "special interest" in a baby product at a tech hub in Northern Ireland last week, and it would be safe to say that Ms. Markle could be making a pregnancy announcement sooner rather than later.
UK bookies have been forced to drop the price of another royal pregnancy announcement at some point this year from an already low 2/1 to even money, after a flurry of bets was reported.
"As if Royal Baby fever wasn't already high enough, there could be news of another newborn announced this year with odds of a Harry and Meghan announcement at record lows," said Alex Apati, speaking for Ladbrokes.
Betting High on Royal Baby #3
In the meantime, Prince William and Kate Middleton have managed to keep a stiff upper lip about any information regarding the impending birth of their third child.
As a result, there has been fever-pitch speculation about the child's gender, expected birth date and the name it will be given.
The only official announcement made about the child was back in October when Kensington Palace stated: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2018."
With no due date given, bookies are guessing that it will coincide with any one of several important dates in April, including the Queen's birthday on April 21 (favorite at 10 to 1), Saint George's Day on April 23 or the couple's wedding anniversary on April 29th.
Royal Baby Specials at Paddy Power
Name of Kate and Will's 3rd child:
- Mary - 3/1
- Alice - 5/1
- Edward, Victoria, Arthur, Henry - 8/1
Royal Wedding Odds
Bookies are also having some fun with the Royal Wedding.
Punters are betting Vladimir Putin over Piers Morgan that he will be on the guest list, although Harry's ex-Cressida Bonus is the most popular bet right now, with a 50% chance of attending the wedding.
We list some of the more popular Royal Specials at the Irish bookie, Paddy Power
- Meghan to become a UK citizen first - 1/50
- Harry to become a US citizen first - 12/1
Who will be page boy/flower girl?
- George - 1/14
- Charlotte - 1/9
Meghan to be pregnant at the time of the ceremony
- Yes - 13/2
Who will be Harry's best man?
- Prince William - 1/50
- Charlie van Straubenzee - 10/3
- James Matthews - 10/1
- Arthur Landon - 12/1