Babies have been a popular subject on social media in recent days.

People are writing a lot on Twitter and other social media platforms about the impending birth of the first child of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markel, the Duchess of Sussex.

She and her husband, married in 2018, have been keeping many details about the baby's birth secret. They say they do not know the baby's sex and have not told the public where the baby will be born.

The secrecy around the birth has been a hot issue on social media. Writer Tina Brown noted that she supports Meghan Markel's decision to keep details of the baby's birth private – a decision that breaks from what Britain’s royal family has done in the past.

"I think Meghan is totally entitled to do things differently," she wrote.

Many media organizations have released or published stories about where the baby will be in the royal succession line. The television program “Good Morning America” noted that the baby will be seventh in line for the throne.

The Evening Standard, a British publication, noted that the secrecy surrounding the birth has created a situation for some people to gamble. Specifically, they are making predictions about the sex and name of the baby, which bookmakers expect to be a girl.

Many believe that Grace, Diana, or Elizabeth will be the name if the baby is a girl.

If it is a boy, many suspect the name will be Albert, Arthur, or James.

Exercise 1


Read the following vocabulary with your teacher.

impending – adj. happening or likely to happen soon

succession – n. the act or process of getting a title or right after the person who had that position or right before you has died or is no longer able or permitted to have it

gamble – v. to play games of chance for money

specifically – adv. used to point out the exact identity, purpose, or use of something​

bookmaker – n. a person who decides how likely it is that an event will take place


Exercise 2


Answer these questions about the article.

1. Is this the first child for Harry and Meghan?

2. Is the baby's due date known?

3. Where will the baby be in the royal succession line?

4. What names are people guessing for the baby?


Exercise 3

Make a sentence.

Make sentences using these words.

impending, succession, gamble, specifically, bookmaker


Exercise 4


Have a discussion on following questions.

1. In your opinion, why do Harry and Meghan want to keep the details about their baby a secret?

2. What do you think of the British royal family?

3. Do you often follow news about celebrities?

4. Do you use social media to follow the news?


This lesson is based on a news article originally published by VOA.