Friends and close aides tipped as Louis’ godparents
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s decision will be announced on the day of the christening.
Bookmakers are predicting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will pick friends over family for Prince Louis’ godparents.
William’s trusted private secretary Miguel Head, who is leaving his post this month, is the front runner for one of the roles with odds of 5/4.
The duke’s former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke, now Tiggy Pettifer, is set at 2/1, while his step-sister – the daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall – Laura Lopes is at 3/1.
Ladbrokes suggested the Duchess of Sussex would not be among those asked to guide baby Louis in the Christian faith.
Former Suits star Meghan, who married into the royal family less than two months ago, is 14/1, while Kate’s sister Pippa Matthews is 10/1.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “As much as royal fans would love to see the likes of Meghan and Pippa called upon, it seems unlikely that Kate and William will ask their immediate family, instead opting for very close friends and aides as they have previously with George and Charlotte’s godparents.”
Those chosen for the spiritual role will be announced on the day of Louis’ baptism, which is taking place at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London on Monday.
Kate’s former private secretary Rebecca Priestley is 4/1.
Others tipped to have been selected include David Jardine-Patterson, who was at Eton with the duke, and William’s longtime family friend Hugh van Cutsem, who both have odds of 5/1.
William’s cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are both at 7/1, while Peter Phillips is 8/1.
Friends Jamie Murray Wells, and Tom Inskip and his sister Victoria are given odds of 9/1.
It is likely that Louis will have five godparents, as does Princess Charlotte, whereas Prince George, a future king, has seven.
David Beckham is set at 100/1 to be picked, while Kate’s controversial uncle Gary Goldsmith is 500/1.
The odds that William and Kate will entrust the role to US president Donald Trump are 1,000/1.