While the royal family is staying mum as the world awaits the birth of the royal baby, at least one member of England's elite so popular he is nearly a royal is spilling the beans.
"They're going to be amazing parents because they are so loving towards children," soccer superstar David Beckham told Sky News in a new interview.
"We've seen William grow from that young boy into an unbelievable gentleman," said Beckham, himself a father of four with his pop star-turned-fashion designer wife Victoria Beckham. "And that as a father is really important."
Another important task for a father is naming the child, and Beckham offered a spot of advice for the royal couple.
"David's pretty good … if it's a boy of course," he told Sky of what Kate and William should name their firstborn.
Unfortunately for Beckham, if London's betters are on the money, David will not be the first choice.
At William Hill, a prominent British betting establishment, bettors are going with Alexandra, Charlotte and Victoria as the most popular girls' names, and have picked George as the most popular name for a future king.
Coming in at the bottom the baby name betting list are names such as Chardonnay and Peaches, which are both long shots with odds of 1,000 to 1.
Fortunately for Beckham, however, is that betters are not always right. Even though the odds were placed on the Duchess of Cambridge delivering her first child last week at the latest, there is still no royal baby.
Blowing right past her mid-July delivery date, Kate reportedly spent the weekend at her parents' home in Bucklebury while her husband, Prince William, played in a polo match nearly 100 miles away from the London hospital where Kate plans to give birth.
William, despite the anticipation of impending fatherhood and a car waiting at the field to whisk him back to London if needed, appeared relaxed he played alongside his younger brother, Prince Harry, Sunday at the Cirencester Park Polo Club in Gloucestershire, according to reports.
One attendee at the polo match told People magazine the soon-to-be-dad was "glowing."
"He is glowing about this wonderful time in his life," said Danielle Alexandra, a trustee at Centrepoint, one of the charities that benefited from the match. "My sense is he's excited and very happy at the chance to be a father. He's one of the most loving people. … He's a perfect guy to be a dad."
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