Though Prince William and Kate Middleton have done a pretty good job so far of keeping details about their third child under wraps, apparently it only takes one particularly exciting soccer match to cause a slip of the tongue. That’s exactly what happened when William attended the Aston Villa championship game at Villa Park arena in Birmingham, England, on Tuesday, according to The Mirror.
Aston Villa, Prince William’s favorite team, won the match against Cardiff City 1-0, after midfielder Jack Grealish scored the game’s lone goal just minutes before the end. Afterwards, in his excitement, The Mirror reports that Will turned to his fellow fans and said, “I’m going to insist the baby is called Jack!” after Grealish, before realizing the implication of his words and quickly adding, “Or Jackie!” But it was too little, too late: The royal rumor mill has already gone into overdrive on the assumption that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be joined by another little prince sometime in the next few weeks.
William’s offhand remark has already impacted the ongoing predictions for the royal baby’s name. As of Thursday, according to the Evening Standard, British bookmaker Ladbrokes had increased the odds of the baby’s name being Jack from 50/1 to just 25/1. “He may have been joking, but this could be a huge hint dropped by Prince William, and at this stage, we’re taking no chances,” Ladbrokes told the Evening Standard. That said, since the new baby will be fifth in line to the throne, it’s much more likely that Will and Kate will uphold tradition and recycle a family name, so Ladbrokes still has Albert and Arthur tied as the frontrunners if the baby is a boy. And if Will’s slip-up wasn’t actually a slip and the baby is a girl, the most popular predictions are for a Princess Alice, Mary, or Victoria. Basically, don’t get your hopes up, Jacks and Jackies of the world.
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