Punters Set to Cash-In on Royal Nuptials
With each passing day until the Royal Wedding (Saturday 19thMay), the coverage of everything ‘Harry and Meghan’ is set to increase. As ever, the tabloid media gets into something of a frenzy when faced with these things, with scrutiny set to be massive on the young couple. Across the UK, the ‘common folk’ will celebrate with garden parties and fetes: any excuse for a party.
There is, of course, another big event on the same day as the Royal Wedding – the FA Cup Final. While cup finals are often huge betting events for bookmakers, the football will not be taking in all the bets. Indeed, ever since Meghan Markle agreed to become the latest addition to the Windsor family, bookies have been offering Royal betting odds on everything surrounding the glamourous couples’ big day.
Many of the bets have already been settled, such as where Harry’s stag party would be held (he didn’t have one in the end) and just who his best man would be (his brother William, of course). However, there are still lots of great markets to bet on. Below are some of the most popular bets to place on the lead up to the wedding:
Of course, Britain’s obsession with the weather is not just limited to the royal wedding. However, the bookmakers are keen to provide odds on whether or not those street parties and barbecues held around the country will be a wash-out or not. The current odds from Betfair for a dry day in Windsor (the wedding is in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle) are 4/9, with odds of 13/8 for a downpour. To be fair, we know the British public will have a good ol’ knees up regardless.
There has been massive scrutiny over the guestlist, not least because most current UK politicians have been snubbed. However, there will be no end of A-listers at the event. You can bet on the ‘sure things’, which include Elton John (1/50), Meghan’s Suits co-star Patrick Adams (1/100), as well as David and Victoria Beckham (1/50). If you want something with better returns, you can look at Sir Paul McCartney (5/4), Natalie Pinkham (2/1) or the legendary Sean Connery (3/1). Then for outsider bets, you can find the likes of Wayne Rooney (25/1), Piers Morgan (22/1) and massive odds of 100/1 for US president Donald Trump (all odds provided by Betfair).
Just as with media scrutiny over Harry and Meghan, the betting won’t end after the day’s festivities have been concluded. Betfair have also gone opened markets on what the name of the couple’s first child will be: Alice, Arthur and Harry are the 10/1 frontrunners at this point. Boris and Camilla are the 125/1 outsiders. There is also a market on whether Harry will emigrate to the United States by 2020. He is 25/1 to do so and break the hearts of a nation.