Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘won’t name daughter Philippa – because of Kate’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won't name their daughter Philippa in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh because of sister-in-law Kate Middleton, a royal expert has said.

Philippa remains the red-hot favourite with bookies Ladbrokes at 2/1 to be the name of Harry and Meghan's second-born child, with Diana currently second-favourite in the betting at 5/1.

Elsewhere, odds have been slashed from 12/1 to just 8/1 on the pair opting for the name 'Poppy', while Alegria is now 16/1 with the bookies.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Punters remain convinced Harry and Meghan will name their second child Philippa, although the latest odds suggest the pair might opt for Poppy."

But one expert disagrees that the Sussexes will opt for the name Philippa – and says it's all because of sister-in-law Kate.

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor of Royal Central, a US website focused on news about the monarchy, told the Daily Star that while the name would honour Harry's late granddad Prince Philip, it would also make the child's name the same as Kate's sister Pippa's.

Ms Barger said: "I don't think that they will name their daughter Philippa because that's Kate's sister's name.

"People may hope they name their daughter that in memory of Philip, but I don't see that happening.

"If they want to honour Philip, they may go with Andrea – the female form of his middle name Andrew; however, that also comes with complications due to Prince Andrew's scandal with Jeffrey Epstein.

"I think whatever name they choose is going to be unexpected like Archie was."

A spokesperson for the couple confirmed Meghan was pregnant on Valentine’s Day.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex later announced they were expecting a daughter “sometime in the summer” during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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However, a source previously told the New York Post’s Page Six section that the couple would avoid the name Diana.

They said: “Their biggest concern is that it would make her a bigger target for the media and considerably increase interest in the child’s life.”

They added: “Whatever anybody thinks, Harry and Meghan do value their privacy and want to shield their children from the intense media pressure they have endured.”

Speaking to Oprah about having a daughter, Harry said he was feeling “just grateful”.

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He continued: “To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing.

“But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean, what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.”

It is possible that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already left some clues to the name they would like for their daughter.

According to People in 2019 when Harry and Meghan were expecting Archie in 2019 they visited a school in Birkenhead where children gave their thoughts on some possible girl names.

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A 7-year-old girl named Megan Dudley, who spoke with the royal pair, told reporters that she suggested the name Amy.

"I asked her whether she would call her baby Amy if she has a girl, and she said, 'That's a really pretty name, I like it. We'll have to think about it,'" revealed Megan.

On the same visit Harry was believed to have shown an interest in the name Lily while speaking to the mother of a little girl with the same name.

While in Australia in 2018 Harry also seemed keen on the name Harriet, the female version of his own name, after meeting a fan with whose daughter carried the name.

According to the mum Harry reportedly said it was a "great name".

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