Meghan picks surprise floral baby name that has always been Harrys favourite

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The bookies might have backed Phillipa, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's chosen baby name could be rather less traditional.

A royal expert tells OK! that Lily could well be the surprise name of choice – and offers three compelling reasons why.

"It would be a lovely nod to The Queen who was known as 'Lillibet' during her childhood but it's also always been one of Harry's favourite names," the expert explains

"Back in 2019 when the Duchess was pregnant with Archie, she and Harry took part in a walkabout in Merseyside and someone in the crowd later revealed he'd asked her how she spells her daughter's name – Lily. He took great interest in it."

On top of that, Meghan chose a plant called Lily of the Valley for her bridesmaids' flower crowns.

The suggestion of Lily comes despite 'Philippa' emerging as the bookies moniker of choice.

But those close to the family say the couple are more likely to choose a less traditional name with personal significant meaning.

Indeed two years ago 'Archie' came as a surprise to royal fans after the bookies predicted 'Alexander' as the front runner.

It went down as one of the biggest surprises in Royal betting history, one bookmaker said.

If the couple did opt for 'Philippa', it would be a nice way to tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. But they wouldn't be alone.

Harry's cousins Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall both paid tribute to their grandfather just before his death by giving their newborn sons the middle name Philip.

One lucky punter scooped £18,000 after putting a £120 bet on Archie at 150/1 back in 2019.

The grandmother, who did not want to reveal her name, said: "The reason I went for Archie was because my grandson, who is born on the same day as the prince, is named Archie.

"Here I am, £18,000 richer; the money though, I'm going to put aside for my grandson."

Could the royal couple surprise us again? We think Archie and Lily has a nice ring to it.

In other news, Prince Harry’s return to the UK for his mother’s statue unveiling is in doubt – leaving his brother William to go it alone.

It’s likely that Harry will be a no-show as his wife Meghan Markle is due to give birth in the next couple of weeks, a royal expert said.

However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "really want to be" at the event to honour Princess Diana on July 1 – on what would have been her 60th birthday.

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