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Buckingham Palace Addresses Theory Its Website Leaked Royal Baby Names

Ra'eesah Manack
May 01, 2019
10:49 A.M.
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As the baby fever increases so do rumors surrounding the birth of the new royal. A recent rumor claimed that Buckingham Palace had accidentally leaked potential baby names and the Palace was quick to respond.

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In the latest rumor about the impending birth of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's royal baby, Buckingham Palace emphatically denied that its website accidentally leaked potential royal baby names on Tuesday.

Some royal fans discovered that if one typed potential baby names, such as "Prince Arthur," into the URL of the palace website, royal.uk, the page would redirect to the site's main page. However, if one searched other names, such as "Princess Grace" the site gave a "Page Not Found" message.

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Fans also noticed that if they typed in the name of an actual royal, such as "Prince George," they were directed to the page reserved for the eldest child of Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge.

Fans immediately assumed that there are pages set up for the Sussex royal baby that are not activated yet. Many immediately assumed the findings were a hint at possible baby names.

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"A page on Buckingham Palace's website has been 'reserved' for 'Prince Arthur,' 'Prince James' and 'Prince Alexander,' " claimed The Sun, Britain's largest tabloid paper. Another paper added, "The reserved pages may be the biggest hint yet of the baby’s name and gende.

However, the Palace was quick to set the record straight. The Palace made an immediate statement that the claims were false.

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“A large number of search term redirects were set up some time ago on royal.uk. This was in order to improve user experience,” the palace said in a statement.

Though the statement was relatively vague, it denied that the palace was making any hints. It has been known that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a long list of possible baby names as early as October last year but the public has not been given any hints to its contents.

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The Buckingham PalaceTwitter feed has been focused on babies for a different reason. The account has been following Countess Sophie of Wessex, wife of the queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, on her visit to India.

She is on official business and spent time at neonatal programs that help fight blindness in premature babies. The projects are supported by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Trust.

The palace posted photos of Sophie with a newborn on Monday. Some fans jumped to the conclusion that Baby Sussex had arrived however that was not the case.

While fans are eager to know all about Queen Elizabeth II's eighth great-grandchild. Harry and Meghan are determined to have as much privacy as possible.

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