With Baby Sussex due any minute now, (unless rumours are to be believed that it has already been born!) everyone’s wondering which of their high-profile friends Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will choose to be their first-born’s godparents.
According to UK bookies Ladbrokes, the front runners are Harry’s longtime pal Charlie Van Straubenzee (1/8 odds) and Meghan’s close friend Jessica Mulroney (1/3 odds).
It would come as no surprise if Harry’s long-time pal is named as godfather, the two met at their prep school, Ludgrove and Harry was a classmate of Charlie’s late brother, Henry (who tragically died in a car crash in 2002). Prince William is a close friend of Charlie’s brother, Thomas (who is a godfather to Princess Charlotte), and both princes are joint patrons of a memorial fund to help schools in Uganda set up in Henry’s name.
And with Meghan’s stylist/BFF Jessica’s three children playing an important role in the duchesses May 2018 wedding, it looks likely that Jessica will be given the title of godmother.
Harry’s older brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, currently have 3/1 odds, but it’s an unlikely choice. In royal tradition, uncles and aunts already have a role in the child’s life, so godparents are usually friends of the parents or less direct relatives.
“Harry & Meghan have a load of options for the godparents, and I have a sneaky feeling that we could see a celeb or two get the call,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
George and Amal Clooney are frontrunners when it comes to the stars at 8/1. Serena Williams is 10/1, David Beckham 20/1 and Elton John (who performed at the couple’s wedding reception) and Oprah Winfrey are both 33/1.