Excitement Builds As 'impatient' Royal Fans Await Baby Sussex News
Excitement over the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby mounted today as bookmakers predicted the child is most likely to be born on Thursday.
But there is still no sign of the Queen's latest great-grandchild 'Baby Sussex', as the soon-to-be seventh in line to the throne has been dubbed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured at Buckingham Palace on March 5 this year
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The couple now live with their two dogs at Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Berkshire, and are believed to be hoping for a home birth.
Tomorrow, it would join Queen Victoria's son Prince Arthur, actress Joanna Lumley, Princess Margaret's daughter Lady Sarah Chatto and actor Matt Di Angelo.
The baby could also share its birthday with Princess Charlotte if it arrives on Thursday
Alex Apati from Ladbrokes said: 'The wait to welcome the royal baby goes on and with Princess Charlotte's birthday fast approaching, there's every chance Harry and Meghan's first born will share a birthday with their cousin.'
William Hill's belief that the couple will have a girl was thrown into doubt when a customer attempted to place a £700 bet at 33-1 that they will have a boy and call it Albert. The potential payout would have been £23,100.
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: 'Until now we were 100 per cent sure that they were having a girl, but this request for a big bet on Albert has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works. It might not be as cut and dried as we thought.
Prince Harry's appearance at the London Marathon on Sunday suggested to bookmakers the royal birth may not be imminent. The Duke of Sussex is pictured with the winner of the men's marathon, Eliud Kipchoge, and women's marathon, Brigid Kosgei, who are both from Kenya
One source said it could be that Harry commits to travelling, with Meghan making a final decision much nearer the time.
This is partly due to the demands of a foreign trip and the fact that they will need to have childcare in place before they go.
It is also because of issues such as malaria which is prevalent in swathes of Africa, including Mozambique, Botswana and Tanzania, all of which are being considered.