Despite frenzied speculation that the baby is already here, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not yet become parents, according to palace sources.
Meghan previously told well-wishers that her due date was the end of April or early May, but with no sign of baby Sussex, rumours are flying that she has already given birth in secret.
Speculation went into overdrive yesterday after Prince Harry announced a trip to the Netherlands next week, meaning he could potentially miss the birth of his first child.
This convinced royal fans that the baby was already here but sources are now ‘categorically’ denying the speculation.
Prince Harry will be in the Netherlands on May 8 and 9, despite the birth of his first child being imminent.
His wife Meghan is due any day now and the trip could mean that Harry is either away for the birth or for the first few days of being a first-time father.
The trip, combined with Chris Evans sensationally claiming live on air that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already had their baby, left fans abuzz with excitement.
However, palace sources have now dampened the rumours.
The update comes after punters made an 11th-hour gamble on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex having a baby boy.
Bookmakers said bets are pouring in on Prince Harry and Meghan having a boy, with the odds down from 11/10 to evens today – although a girl is still the favourite at 8/11.
The favourite for the name with Ladbrokes is now a tie between Grace and Diana at 6/1, followed by Arthur and Elizabeth at 8/1 and Philip at 10/1.
Further behind are Allegra, James and Alice at 12/1, and Victoria and Albert at 16/1. If the baby arrives today, they will be born on Princess Charlotte’s fourth birthday.
Meghan and the Duke of Sussex have said they will only announce news of the birth once they have had time to celebrate together as a new family.
A Ladbrokes spokesman said: ‘A baby girl has been the favourite since Harry and Meghan announced their pregnancy, however, it’s now a little boy that we’re seeing an influx of bets for.
‘Time will soon tell which set of royal fans are on the money, but this last minute gamble on a boy could prove to be a case of perfect timing.’
Yesterday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Harry would undertake an official visit to the country next Wednesday and Thursday, starting off in Amsterdam.
This will be followed by a trip to The Hague to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games, his Paralympic-style event for injured service personnel.
The Duchess of Sussex is expecting any day now, with sources telling the Daily Mail that the baby was due last weekend.
It is understood that the Netherlands visit has been pencilled in since last year but aides had not announced it due to the potential clash with the birth.