Prince William drops royal baby name hint as it's expected to be revealed today
The prince and the Duchess of Cambridge are expected to reveal what they have called their third child later on today.
At a service to commemorate New Zealand and Australia’s war dead this morning, Wills was overheard discussing the choice with well-wishers.
Asked how mother and baby is, William 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."
Later on as William met Sir Jerry Mateparae, New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, the Dean of Westminster joked about the eagerly anticipated name, saying: "Jerry would like it to be Jerry."
William replied: "Jerry's a strong name."
The Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer suggested the name Alexander to which Wills replied: "Funny you should say that.
"It's a strong name."
Ladbrokes cut odds on Alexander from 10-1 to 5-1 after William's comments prompted a rush of bets.
Coral said Albert was now 5-1, but a Prince Arthur remains the favourite at 5-2, closely followed by James at 4-1.
Wills greets Meghan Markle at an Anzac day service today
Philip – in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh – is at 8-1, Henry 12-1, and Frederick, Edward or Thomas 16-1.
Harry Aitkenhead, of Coral, said: "We're expecting the announcement in the next few hours and punters are rushing to get their bets on as the excitement builds.
"At the moment Arthur remains the favourite but we're seeing a lot of money for Albert at the last minute."
Alex Apati, of Ladbrokes, said: "We're not entirely convinced about [Alexander] given that George's middle name is Alexander, but punters clearly think they're onto something and we've had to respond accordingly."
It comes as Wills and Kate’s new son arrived with the perfect patriotic credentials born on St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday.
The 8lb 7oz prince greeted the world cradled in the arms of his mum, who proudly wore the red and white of England's patron saint.
Kate gave birth at 11.01am on her due date at London's St Mary's Hospital.
Seven hours later Kate and William emerged to show their third child to the world.
Wills introduced the new Prince of Cambridge to the world by joking that having three kids was “Thrice worry now”.
He also revealed big brother George, four, and sister Charlotte, two, were "very happy … delighted" with their new sibling.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined Wills for the Anzac day service at Westminster Abbey.
As the sun broke over the London skyline, Harry, a former army officer who served for 10 years in the forces, laid his floral wreath at one of a group of metal crosses near Wellington Arch in central London.
A handwritten note from the prince, attached to a wreath of red roses, read: "For all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of our freedom. Thank you. Harry".
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