LONDRES - L'épouse du prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles, a affirmé lundi que l'enfant du prince William et de son épouse Kate pourrait venir au monde "d'ici la fin de la semaine", selon Clarence House, la résidence officielle du prince Charles.

"Nous sommes tous suspendus au téléphone et nous espérons qu'il ou qu'elle arrivera d'ici la fin de la semaine", a dit Camilla Parker-Bowles devant un parterre d'invités rassemblés dans la station balnéaire de Bude à l'occasion du traditionnel voyage d'été du couple royal en Cornouailles et au Devon.

Parmi plusieurs habitants de Bude qui montraient leurs nouveaux nés au prince Charles, l'un d'entre eux qui avait apporté sa petite fille de trois semaines Ellie-Mae lui a déclaré "Vous allez bientôt en avoir un comme cela". Le prince Charles a répondu "je l'espère bien", avant d'éclater de rire, a encore indiqué Clarence House.

L'ex-star du football mondial David Beckham, interviewé par la chaîne de télévision Sky, a quant à lui recommandé au prince William, le fils aîné de Charles, et à son épouse Kate, de prénommer leur enfant tout simplement... David, si c'est un fils.

"David, c'est plutôt bien. David, c'est pas mal. Je pense qu'il devraient l'appeler David si c'est un garçon", a déclaré David Beckham.

La naissance du "royal bébé" de Kate et William, qui suscite un intérêt planétaire, avait été annoncée il y a quelques mois par Buckingham pour la "mi-juillet" et des journaux, se prévalant d'indiscrétions, s'étaient hasardés à miser sur une naissance le 13 juillet. Le 14 juillet était cependant le jour favori des parieurs. Beaucoup ont misé sur le fait que ce serait une fille, une petite brune répondant au nom d'Alexandra, comme l'a souligné le Sunday Telegraph.

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  • Britain's Catherine Duchess of Cambridge waves as she rides back to Buckingham Palace following the Queen's Birthday parade, 'Trooping the Colour,' in central London on June 15, 2013.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laughs on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England.

  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a ceremony to officially name Princess Cruises's new ship 'Royal Princess' in Southampton, southern England on June 13, 2013.

  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) attends a ceremony to officially name Princess Cruises's new ship 'Royal Princess' in Southampton, southern England on June 13, 2013.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Princess Cruises ship naming ceremony at Ocean Terminal on June 13, 2013 in Southampton, England.

  • Britain's Prince William his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey in London, on June 4, 2013 for a service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Service.

  • Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a service of celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013 in London, England.

  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a service of celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013 in London, England.

  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London May 22, 2013.

  • Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London May 22, 2013.

  • Queen Elizabeth II Hosts A Garden Party At Buckingham Palace

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (detail) attends a Garden Party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II on May 22, 2013. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales (L), Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall (C) and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge attend a garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2013.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to guests as she attends a garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2013.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets children and staff during a visit to Naomi House Children's Hospice on April 29, 2013 near Winchester, Hampshire, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Visits Naomi House on April 29, 2013 in Hampshire, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Inauguration Of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 26, 2013 in London, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Inauguration Of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 26, 2013 in London, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends an evening reception to celebrate the work of The Art Room charity at The National Portrait Gallery on April 24, 2013 in London, England.

  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends an evening reception to celebrate the work of The Art Room charity at The National Portrait Gallery in London on April 24, 2013.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to visit The Willows Primary School on April 23, 2013 in Manchester, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to visit The Willows Primary School on April 23, 2013 in Manchester, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle on April 21, 2013 in Windsor, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle on April 21, 2013.

  • Catherine, Countess of Strathearn during a visit to Dumfries House on April 5, 2013 in Ayrshire, Scotland.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland, on April 5, 2013.

  • Catherine, Countess of Strathearn visits the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre to launch a new project for their foundation on April 4, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Catherine, Countess of Strathearn visits the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre to launch a new project for their foundation on April 4, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Baker Street tube station with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in London on March 20, 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of the London underground.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge makes an official visit to the Baker Street tube station on March 20, 2013 in London, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves following a visit to the offices of Child Bereavement UK in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire on March 19, 2013.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge receive a teddy bear during a visit to the offices of Child Bereavement UK in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire on March 19, 2013.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the offices of Child Bereavement UK in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire on March 19, 2013.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her husband, Prince William, attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, England on March 17, 2013.

  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a St. Patrick's Day parade by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards as they visit Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2013 in Aldershot, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch the races on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2013 in Cheltenham, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2013 in Cheltenham, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Humberside Fire and Rescue Peaks Lane Fire Station on March 5, 2013 in Grimsby, England.

  • Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives to visit the National Fishing Heritage Centre on March 5, 2013 in Grimsby, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House Residential Centre on February 19, 2013 in London, England.

  • This picture taken on February 19, 2013 shows the 'baby bump' of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at the Hope House charity in south London.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen after viewing artist Paul Emsley's new portrait of herself during a private viewing at the National Portrait Gallery on January 11, 2013 in London, England.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meet artist Paul Emsley after viewing his new portrait of the Duchess during a private viewing at the National Portrait Gallery on January 11, 2013 in London, England.

  • The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave the King Edward VII Hospital where she has been treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, extreme morning sickness, on December 6, 2012 in London, England.

  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London on December 6, 2012, where Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was admitted for severe morning sickness.

  • MORE: Potential Baby Names For Will And Kate

  • Elizabeth

    <strong>FAMILY TREE:</strong> Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and Prince William's grandmother. <strong>MEANING:</strong> <a href="http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Elizabeth#qwA1pvxW5c1iTKTx.99"><em>Elizabeth is of Hebrew origin and means God's promise or God is my oath.</em></a> <strong>WHY WE LIKE IT: </strong> Why wouldn't you want to be named after one of the most powerful women in the United Kingdom? Even though sources report that the couple has decided to use <a href="http://hollywoodlife.com/2012/06/11/prince-william-kate-middleton-baby-plans-name-princess-diana/">Elizabeth as one of two middle names</a>, Elizabeth not only honours the baby's great grandmother, but Kate Middleton's middle name is Elizabeth as well.

  • George VI

    <strong>FAMILY TREE:</strong> King George VI was King of the United Kingdom from 1936 to 1952. <strong>MEANING:</strong> <a href="http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/George#zuPdDDIpXvFRlxtj.99">Originally of Greek origin, the meaning of George is "farmer". Also there is the story of Saint George, a knight who became the patron saint of England and achieved legendary status after his struggle with a fire-breathing dragon.</a> <strong>WHY WE LIKE IT: </strong> Besides being a dragon slayer, the name George <a href="http://www.britroyals.com/royaltree.htm">goes back to the Royal family's history books since 1660</a>. George VI was also the last male figure in power — this title currently belongs to Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Diana

    <strong>FAMILY TREE:</strong> Princess Diana, The Princess of Wales and Prince William's mother. <strong>MEANING:</strong> <em><a href="http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/meaning_of_Diana.html">Diana is derived from either an Indo-European root meaning 'divine' or from the Latin word 'diviana.'</a></em> <strong>WHY WE LIKE IT: </strong> After Princess Diana's tragic car crash in 1997, Diana would be a wonderful tribute to remember Lady Di. Again, sources say the couple plan on using Diana as a middle name, but we would love to see Diana used as the first name.

  • William Jr.

    <strong>FAMILY TREE:</strong> Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and father. <strong>MEANING:</strong><em> <a href="http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/William#kRsY6f1d4xSc9wCW.99">William is of Old German origin and means protection.</a></em> <strong>WHY WE LIKE IT: </strong> Maybe a reason to follow in his father's footsteps, William Jr. may be a suitable name if the couple had a baby boy. Prince William has always been known for his <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/prince-william-9542068">good grades, his love for sports and being a philanthropist.</a>

  • Margaret Rose

    <strong>FAMILY TREE:</strong> Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was Queen Elizabeth's sister. <strong>MEANING:</strong> <a href="http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Margaret#TXLuZUx8EPt4sFuw.99"><em> Margaret is of Greek origin and means pearl.</em></a> <strong>WHY WE LIKE IT: </strong> Keeping it in the family, we like that fact that Princess Margaret was the Queen's youngest and only sibling. Margaret lived a life of controversy when it came to her love life and divorce, but <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1384429/H-R-H-The-Princess-Margaret.html">she was remembered for her affection and love for her family</a>, according to The Telegraph. Plus, so many good nickname possibilities!