Wednesday, 23 Jun 2021

Harry and Meghan’s baby ‘could be born on Prince Philip’s 100th birthday’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby is due on what would have been the Prince Philip's 100th birthday, it has been claimed.

According to sources in the US, the couple's daughter is due to be born on Thursday, June 10.

Insiders in the Royal Family say the Sussexes may even name the baby, Pip, as a tribute to Harry's granddad, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April aged 99.

The couple may also choose Lily after the Queen's family nickname Lilibet.

A source said: "The baby is due on Philips birthday and it would be so special if she came then."

"That, and naming her Pip, would be a lovely way to pay tribute to Philip.

"Harry has been discussing the due date and possible names with his close pals and they're talking about it quite openly now it's getting close."

It has also been reported that the Duke of Sussex, 36, and Meghan, 39, could name their second child Diana, after Harry's late mum Princess Diana.

However, a royal source said: "They've been talking about Lily and Pip.

"They're not exactly traditional royal names, but these two aren't exactly a traditional royal couple."

Diana is currently in the bookies' favourite at 4-1.

Harry's mum died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 aged 36.

The new baby will be the couple's second child after Archie who is two.

The news comes after Meghan and Harry appeared to be demoted on the official Royal Family website.

The couple quit as working members of the Firm and moved to the US last year, with a number of controversial interviews featuring the pair following.

Harry and Meghan are now listed below Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, as well as Prince Andrew on the official site.

The Prince of Wales' growing role as an active heir preparing to ascend to the throne is reflected in his own promotion to the top of the ‘Royal Family' section on www.royal.uk.

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