Palace Denies Accidentally Sharing Royal Tot's Name
Speculation around Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s chosen royal baby name has reached such a feverish pitch, Buckingham Palace was forced to weigh in.
In recent weeks, the names Elizabeth and Diana (for the Queen and Harry’s mother, the late Princess) have topped wedding lists, but a recent glitch in the official website for the British royal family has revealed other potential names, according to reports.
Fans eager to crack the case have been devoting time to typing in male names on the royal URL address, and have noted that adding "/prince-arthur, "prince-alexander" or "/prince-james" after www.royal.uk will send the user back to the original homepage. Other names, like Rupert and Donald, just send users to a "page not found" error message.
"A large number of search term redirects were set up some time ago on royal.uk. This was in order to improve user experience," a palace spokesperson told NBC, noting that other names preceded by "prince" or "princess" will produce the same results.
Meghan and Harry have reportedly decided to not check on the baby’s gender, but the odds-on favorite is a baby girl, according to bookies.
Now, Grace is tying with Diana in the top spot being bet on, but another name is gaining ground too.
"We’re scratching our heads as to why we’ve seen so much interest in Allegra, but the bets are coming in thick and fast and it’s been by far the most popular pick of the month with punters," Alex Apati of Ladbrokes tells People.