Royal baby 'secret is out': Bookmakers stop takings on gender after 'avalanche' of bets

11 April 2019, 09:30

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CHOGM London 2018 - Day 4. Picture: Getty

A bookmaker has pulled all bets on the gender of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby amid claims that the 'secret is out'.

William Hill saw an 'avalanche' on bets that the new royal baby would be a girl on Tuesday afternoon (April 9).

The bookmakers pulled their market for the gender of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby after a flurry of bets lead them to believe that the news had leaked that the royal baby is female.

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Commonwealth Day 2019. Picture: Getty

“People were only betting one way and we ended up cutting the odds of the baby being a girl to 2/5,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

“When people were still desperate to back that price, we decided to take evasive action and pull the market completely. As far as we are concerned, the secret is out.”

Now that bookies believe the baby is a girl, odds on female baby names have soared, with Diana leading the way.

Diana leads the way at 4/1 with Victoria 8/1 second favourite and Alice rounding off the top three at 10/1.

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William Hill's betting odds on Harry and Meghan's baby (April 9) are:

4/1 Diana

8/1 Victoria

10/1 Alice

12/1 Grace

12/1 Isobella

14/1 Elizabeth

16/1 Alexandra

16/1 Arthur


16/1 Mary