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Meghan and Harry ‘already know sex of baby’ and are set to shun traditional royal names

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Valentine’s Day that they were expecting a baby, and a source told Us Weekly that the tot is due to be born “at the end of spring”. Now that the couple are no longer working members of the Royal Family, an expert has said they will not be under any obligation to give their child a moniker with ancestral meaning.

Ingrid Seward, a royal biographer, said the Sussexes would likely have already found out if their baby is a girl or a boy, in keeping with typical LA fashion.

She told the MailOnline: “I’m certain that neither of them will feel obliged to use any of the standard royal names.

“I’m sure they will already know the sex of the baby, as that is the LA way.

“I imagine they might go for the Victorian style names which are all symbolic of colours.”

Ms Seward predicted the baby could be given a name such as “Red, Blue or Grey” if it is a boy.

And she said the couple may look to flowers for inspiration for a name if they have a daughter, suggesting they could pick “Daisy, Primrose, Violet or Ivy”.

Bookies have even suggested the duke and duchess could name their child Kamala after the new US Vice-President, if they have a girl.

OddsChecker, which compares odds from leading bookmakers, said Diana and Arthur are the favourites.

But they said the odds on the baby being named Kamala have been slashed from 100/1 to 16/1.

Sam Eaton, the site’s head of marketing, said a less traditional baby name could be on the cards in light of Megzit.

He said: “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear to have a bit more freedom with their baby name given the recent announcement distancing them from the rest of the Royal family.

“The couple tend to make decisions to suit themselves not the hierarchy, therefore a less traditional baby name wouldn’t be a surprise at all.

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“According to the odds there’s now a 5.9 per cent chance the royal baby is called Kamala, and personally, I believe Kamala should be a front-runner in the market.

“Why not name your baby after one of the most inspirational women in the world?”

Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, last year splashed £11million on a sprawling mansion surrounded by lush gardens in the Santa Barbara neighbourhood of Montecito.

Royal fans have been given glimpses into the couple’s new habitat during their appearances on video calls.

The couple have decorated their living room with modern art and coffee table books in a bid to make it feel homely.

Meghan is likely to hold her baby shower at home this time around, experts have said.

When she was pregnant with Archie, the duchess caused outrage when she jetted from the UK to New York for a lavish baby shower.

The star-studded gathering was held at the swanky £60k-a-night penthouse at The Mark Hotel in the Big Apple.

Vanity Fair estimated the event cost in the region of £142,000 ($200,000).

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