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How Prince William’s chat with Alexander Downer might have provided key clue about baby boy’s name

Prince William’s chat with Australia’s outgoing High Commissioner to the United Kingdom might have provided a vital clue about the name of his new son.

The younger brother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte is still without a name, three days after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the 3.8kg baby.

Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, suggested to Prince William he should call the boy Alexander during an Anzac Day service at Westminister Abbey in London.

Prince William’s chat with Australia’s outgoing High Commissioner to the United Kingdom might have provided a vital clue about the name of his new son

Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, suggested to Prince William he should call the boy Alexander during an Anzac Day service at Westminister Abbey

Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, suggested to Prince William he should call the boy Alexander during an Anzac Day service at Westminister Abbey

‘Have you thought about the name Alexander for him?’ the former foreign minister asked.

Prince Williams appeared keen on the idea.

‘Well, it’s funny you should say that. It’s a good name,’ he said.

Alexandra is the middle name of the baby boy’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and Alexander is also the middle name of the newborn’s older brother Prince George.

However, Prince William agreed the name ‘Jerry’ was a ‘strong name’ after Mr Downer suggested his New Zealand counterpart, Sir Jerry Mateparae, would also like to see the baby named after him.

The Royal baby is yet to be named, although bookmakers are taking bets on Albert, Arthur, James and Philip.

The younger brother of Prince George and Princess Charlotte is still without a name, three days after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the 3.8kg baby

The younger brother of Prince George and Princess Charlotte is still without a name, three days after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the 3.8kg baby

Prince William agreed the name 'Jerry' was a 'strong name' after Mr Downer suggested his New Zealand counterpart, Sir Jerry Mateparae, would also like to see the baby named him

Prince William agreed the name ‘Jerry’ was a ‘strong name’ after Mr Downer suggested his New Zealand counterpart, Sir Jerry Mateparae, would also like to see the baby named him

The Duke of Cambridge joined his younger brother Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle at an Anzac Day service in London. 

Asked how the duchess and the baby were, the duke replied: ‘They’re very well thanks.’

He said they are ‘in good form, luckily’, and added: ‘Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good news.’  

Prince Charles has been unable see his new grandson as he was in Scotland on a private break when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child was born on Monday morning.  

Royalists and bookmakers alike have waited patiently since Monday to find out the name of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new arrival. 

The Duke of Cambridge was joined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Westminster Abbey for the traditional service

The Duke of Cambridge was joined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Westminster Abbey for the traditional service

It appeared tiredness may have overcome Prince William once he sat down for the ceremony

It appeared tiredness may have overcome Prince William once he sat down for the ceremony

The Duke of Cambridge said the latest addition to his family was 'sleeping reasonably well so far' adding, 'he's behaving himself, which is good news'

The Duke of Cambridge said the latest addition to his family was ‘sleeping reasonably well so far’ adding, ‘he’s behaving himself, which is good news’

More than 100,000 bets were placed across the UK betting industry on the baby name with Arthur leading the way yesterday morning as the bookmakers’ favourite.

ODDS ON THE NAME OF THE ROYAL BABY 

Arthur – 11/4

James – 4/1

Alexander – 5/1

Albert – 6/1

Philip – 10/1

Henry – 12/1

Edward – 16/1

Frederick – 16/1

Louis – 16/1

33/1 bar 

Odds supplied by Ladbrokes 

But by the afternoon bookies William Hill suspended betting after a major gamble saw the odds of Alexander tumble from 14/1 in to Even money in the space of an hour.

Favourite at the start of the day, Arthur, drifted from 5/2 to 11/4.

The baby – William and Kate’s third child – was born on Monday at 11.01am weighing 8lb 7oz. 

Royals traditionally keep the public guessing before revealing their choice of name.

William and Kate will want to share the name with the Queen and the rest of their family before making it public.

Bookmakers reported a late flurry of bets on Albert – the name of Queen Victoria’s beloved consort, and the actual first name of the Queen’s father George VI.    

Another favourite was Philip – a lasting tribute to the Prince of Cambridge’s great grandfather and the middle name of Charles and William.  

 



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