Kate Middleton And Prince William 'Will Name Royal Baby Phillip After Duke Of Edinburgh'

According to insiders the name is definitely going to be used - if it's a boy

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Royal parents to be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will reportedly be naming their child Phillip if it's a boy, reports claim.

The couple confirmed last week that they had a short list of names for their child, due in July, with insiders claiming Phillip is a definite for a boy, in honour of William's grandfather, the Duke of Edingburgh who he is extremely close to.

“The name Philip is in the frame for a boy," a source told the Daily Star. “It will certainly have it somewhere in his name."

“It is popular with them at the moment and could even be the first name as William is very fond of his grandfather," they added.

Currently Charles and George are Ladbrokes favourites for a baby boy at 14-1, while Elizabeth and Diana, are joint favourite for a girl, at 5-1.

Prince Phillip chats to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (WENN)

Last week Kate admitted picking a name was getting difficult, she revealed that everyone appears to have an opinion on what the royal baby should be called, with friends even texting her names.

"We have a short list for both [boy and girl] but it's very difficult," she said during a visit to Glasgow last week. "My friends keep texting me names."

Despite being a modern royal couple, Kate admitted last month she would be sticking to a traditional name.

While inspecting a St Patrick's Day Parade of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, guardsman Lee Wheeler spoke to the Duchess about the royal baby.

"I asked her if she had any names yet and she said no," he said afterwards, "I said I suppose you’ve got to stick to traditional names."

So we're guessing any clash with Kim Kardashian is off the cards? The reality TV queen is also due in July but with 'Krist' and 'Easton' reported to be possible names for her child with Kanye West, we doubt it!

The Duke and Duchess enjoy St Patrick's Day Parade

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Kate Middleton hands out shamrocks at Mons Barracks during St Patrick's Day military parade (WENN)