Bookmakers are so concerned with chatter that there are not one but three new royal babies about to be announced, they’ve suspended betting.
Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie are all rumoured to be in the early stages of pregnancy, and Ladbrokes has stopped taking bets on Duchess Kate becoming a mum for the forth time in 2020.
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The bookmakers also anticipate Meghan Markle to announce a second pregnancy, with odds at 8/11 – after bookies were forced to cut the odds and bring forward the date.
Following her wedding to Jack Brooksbank last October, Princess Eugenie is also expected to give birth next year.
But it’s Kate who looks like the most likely royal to announce a baby first.
Speaking to Daily Mail, Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’ve suspended betting on Kate, who is most likely to give birth in 2020.”
“Elsewhere, 8/11 says Meghan gives birth to a second baby in as many years, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex making it no secret they’re keen to add to their family.
“Meghan was 2/1 to have another baby by end of 2020 last month, but a flurry of bets around the country has forced us to cut odds to 8/11 now, with punters convinced an announcement for a second baby will come sooner.
“Eugenie is as short as 1/2 for a 2020 baby – coupled that with the fact we’ve suspended betting on Beatrice tying the knot, we’re anticipating next year to be the busiest ever on a royal betting front.”
He added: “Royal fans reckon Kate is showing early signs of a potential pregnancy. We’ve welcomed two royal babies into the world in as many years and punters are seemingly confident Kate will make it three in three.
“Kate and Will have made it clear they’re keen to add to their family in the past and with a second baby soon to be expected from Harry and Meghan, we’re strapping ourselves in for a hectic 2020.”
Aside from a possible baby bump already showing, many royal fans have pointed out that Kate often changes her hair when she’s newly pregnant, which could be a clue.
The Duchess of Cambridge showed off a new shorter hairdo when she took Princess Charlotte for her first day of school earlier this month.
One royal watcher tweeted: “Kate just changed her hair, which she always does to distract us when she’s newly pregnant.”
Another person wrote: “Had a dream I was chatting to Kate Middleton and she told me she was pregnant and I said I knew she was because she’d changed her hair.”