Pippa Middleton could be in line to get a new title from her sister Kate — Godmother to newborn Prince George.
While Kate Middleton and Prince William won’t name godparents for their baby prince until his christening later this fall, oddsmakers are already naming favorites for who will be selected. Pippa Middleton is listed at the front of the pack along with Prince Harry.
Helping out Pippa’s odds is the fact that the royal family traditionally chooses three men and three women to serve as godparents, rather than just one man and one woman.
With so many to pick from, there is rising speculation that royal friend David Beckham could even be in the running (and he’s getting 16-to-1 odds from betting outfits in England).
“There are no hard and fast rules about this but I just know the royal family has never had a celebrity as a godparent,” said Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine.
For members of the royal family, godparents can be chosen for a number of reasons, said Prince William’s cousin, jewelry designer India Hicks.
“We chose one that we knew would be there if anything happened to us and be able to take over the mothering for the child, we chose one who was fascinating from a religious point of view and had a very different think on life, could teach the children a different way of looking at religion. We chose a great artist who could inspire them,” she said. “I would think they wouldn’t be any different from that.”
Aside from Pippa Middleton, other favorites to be named godparent to Prince George include Sophie Wessex, wife of William’s uncle, Prince Edward, and Zara Tindall, William’s cousin who is also an Olympic equestrian champion.
If Pippa Middleton does get the call to be godmother to Prince George, it would be a show of support on the part of Kate Middleton and Prince William. In the weeks before Kate gave birth it was reported that the royal family asked Pippa to scale back on her public appearances a bit rather than risk bad press for the family.