During their historic interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year that took social media by storm, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry disclosed that they’re expecting a baby girl this summer. Ever since then, they’ve been dropping hints of possible name contenders for their second child.
Back when the couple was expecting their first child, Archie, in 2019, they received suggestions from a batch of school children in the town Birkenhead, England. Markle’s name twin, a 7-year-old girl named Megan Dudley, for instance, said that the Duchess of Sussex found her suggestion of the name “Lily” pretty, and considered thinking about it, while Harry expressed interest in the star-shaped-flower-inspired moniker too.
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Spoiled for choice after list after list of suggestions during tours and gatherings, the pair met a fan in Melbourne whose baby girl was named Harriet, which is, coincidentally enough, also the prince’s female name. Harry reportedly said that it’s “a great name.”
After Prince Philip’s death in April, according to the UK gambling site Ladbrokes, the tributary name Philippa has emerged as a popular prediction. Last month, they slashed the betting odds on the name to 3/1. “The support for baby Philippa is showing no signs of slowing down, and we’ve been forced to trim the odds again that it’s the name for Harry and Meghan’s daughter,” said Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes to People’s Magazine.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their pregnancy news on Valentine’s Day this year with a heartwarming monochrome picture clicked by their friend and longtime photographer, Misan Harriman. A beaming Harry holds Meghan, who cradles Archie lovingly as the toddler perches snugly on her baby bump.