From here on, members of the royal family may be forbidden from tossing back a few at a football (or as we call it in the States, “soccer”) game while they’re attempting to keep royal secrets on the DL. Prince William made a royal gaffe — like, a maybe-accidentally-reveal-the-sex-of-your-unborn-child gaffe — on Tuesday night after watching his beloved team, Aston Villa, defeat Cardiff City, The Mirror reports.
“I’m going to insist the baby is called Jack,” he told fans after watching player Jack Grealish score the winning goal, according to The Mirror. Then, perhaps realizing just what he’d done, he paused and added, “…or Jackie.”
Uh, someone please throw down a red flag, because that was one hell of a foul. We’re guessing by the time the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, heard the news, William wasn’t smiling like this for much longer:
If the couple is having a boy, at least we can feel confident the royal parents didn’t get any name inspiration from late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who recently tried to convince unsuspecting people on the street that the baby would go by the name of Treacle T. Winterbottom and/or Humperdinck Patchybottom.
Up until this point, the royal family has done a great job at keeping most details, including the sex, of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child under wraps. Even their delivery room (erm, colossal suite) at St. Mary’s Hospital has been intensely guarded in anticipation of Kate’s due date, April 23.
“Security does regular sweeps of the room, then it’s resealed each time with tamper-proof tape,” a source recently told Us Weekly. “It’s a high-security operation. Even the crawl space above the room is checked regularly.”
Of course, all the secrecy isn’t preventing people from betting on the baby’s name. According to The Sun, the frontrunners for girls are Alice, Mary, Elizabeth and Victoria, while the most-bet-on boy’s names includes Albert, Arthur and James. Hmm, no Jack to be found. There might be some furious gamblers roaming around England in two weeks.