Royal watchers have started getting a little crafty as they wait patiently for any news on Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby! Reports say some of the British monarchy’s biggest fans thought they had discovered some interesting baby name “hints” using the Royal Family's official website.
Each member of the monarchy has their own webpage, such as this one for Duchess Kate. Each of these pages ends with their name or title. For example, Kate’s finishes in “/duchess-of-cambridge”. During the seemingly insatiable wait for Baby Sussex and in their endeavours to uncover the child’s name, fans have turned into extremely nerdy sleuths, navigating to webpages ending in “/prince-arthur”, “/prince-alexander” and “/prince-james”.
In the process, it was discovered those three URLs redirect to the Royal Family homepage, while addresses like “/princess-grace” simply bring up an error page. This led fans to believe the Sussexes are set to welcome a boy named Arthur, Alexander or James and that those URLs had been reserved for a baby that would have one of those names.
While these fans thought they had cracked a code, Buckingham Palace has assured the world that’s not the case. “A large number of search term redirects were set up some time ago on royal.uk. This was in order to improve user experience,” a palace statement to E! News said.
This is by no means a new situation. Yahoo! UK pointed out a similar website glitch caused a frenzy around Prince Louis’s name, with many thinking it would be Arthur for the same reason in 2018.