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Bookies suspend odds on Princess Eugenie announcing pregnancy amid flurry of bets after sentimental Mother's Day post

BOOKIES have now suspended betting on Princess Eugenie announcing she is pregnant with her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank. 

According to betting intelligence site, a flurry of bets have been placed by punters on the 30-year-old royal revealing the news. 

The influx of bets came two days after Princess Eugenie did a tribute on Mother’s Day to “all mothers out there”, sparking rumours among royal punters that she could be starting her own family. 

A spokesperson for said: “Royal fans have been quick to question whether Princess Eugenie's Mother's Day Instagram message suggested she's expecting her first baby.

“The latest betting definitely suggests there could be an announcement around the corner and when it comes, with the lack of sports happening just now, bookies will welcome another royal betting frenzy with open arms.”

Before the market was suspended the odds on Eugenie and Jack announcing they are having a baby in 2021 were 1 /5. 

Currently the Ladbrokes odds are currently at 1/4 for Eugenie to announce a pregnancy, with spokesperson Alex Apati telling Fabulous: "Its looking increasingly likely another royal baby will soon be on the way and the odds suggest it's Eugenie who will give birth next."

On Mother’s Day on Sunday, Eugenie did a sentimental throwback post featuring mum Sarah Ferguson.  

The caption read: “Today I want to celebrate my mumma but also all the amazing mothers out there. 

“I would like to celebrate all the mothers that can't be with their children today because they are saving lives or keeping their distance to keep them and their children safe. 

“Today and every day we should tell our loved ones how much we love and cherish them.”

Eugenie tied the knot with wine merchant Jack, 33,  in October 2018 at St George's Chapel in Windsor. 

Her older sister Princess Beatrice, 31, is currently engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, although their May wedding has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In October, Princess Eugenie shared never-before-seen photos from her wedding to Jack Brooksbank as she celebrated her first anniversary with ‘my Jack’

We shared how Prince Charles, 71, has tested positive for coronavirus Palace officials confirm.

And Beatrice will be the FIRST princess in the Queen’s family to become a step-mum when she marries dad-of-one Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

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What are the odds? Betting watchdog 'can't help addicts'

Gambling watchdog is failing to protect people from becoming hooked on betting, a damning new report reveals

  • Watchdog said Gambling Commission is not big enough to tame UK industry 
  • It said the ‘small regulator’ only has a £19million budget to tackle the sector 
  • C of E branded the regulator ‘clunky, dated and chronically short of money’

Britain’s gambling watchdog is failing to protect gamers from falling into addiction, the government spending watchdog warns today.

In a damning report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said the Gambling Commission is not big enough to tame the £11billion industry in the UK.

The ‘small regulator’ only has a £19million budget to tackle a ‘dynamic’ and rapidly changing sector, it said.

In the wake of the report, the Church of England branded the regulator ‘clunky, dated and chronically short of money’. 

The NAO found the commission was failing to keep up with the pace of technological change – as it struggles to recruit skilled staff to deal with increasingly complex cases involving addictive online apps and sites.

The Commission still does not fully understand how mobile gambling causes addiction, added the NAO.

In a damning report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said the Gambling Commission is not big enough to tame the £11billion industry in the UK (stock image)

It said the regulator understood it had a clear aim to make gambling safer, but was unable to explain in detail exactly what it is doing to achieve that. It has, for example, never set any targets to bring down the number of UK addicts from 340,000.

The Commission’s sluggish approach to protecting consumers from predatory practices has meant, in some cases, it has taken many years to implement change.

For example, it told the Government that rules on fixed odds betting terminals needed to be tightened in 2013 – but the law was not changed until 2018. 

The report said: ‘The Gambling Commission is a small regulator in a challenging and dynamic industry. The Commission is unlikely to be fully effective in addressing risks and harms to consumers within current arrangements.’ 

The industry has grown by £4billion in real terms in the past decade, but the Commission, an industry-funded quango, can only ask for more money every four years.

But despite the shortfall, it has never laid out what resources it needs to carry out its work, the report said. In recent years, the Commission has fined more operators, handing out nine penalties totalling £19.6million in 2018-19 – but the report said it was unclear whether these fines are an effective deterrent.

Last year, GVC, which owns Ladbrokes and Coral, was fined £5.9million for failing to protect vulnerable customers – a fraction of its £2.9billion revenue. 

There are 340,000 problem gamblers and 55,000 children suffering with a gambling addiction, hitting the public purse by up to £1.2billion

Last night, Labour MP Carolyn Harris, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on gambling, said: ‘The Government must urgently intervene to ensure that the gambling industry, particularly the online sector, parts of which seem to operate like the wild-west, is properly regulated and that consumers are protected.’

And The Lord Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, said: ‘Many of us in Parliament are stunned by the sheer magnitude and scale of gambling firms’ profits when the regulator, reliant on their funding, seems clunky, dated and chronically short of money.’

There are 340,000 problem gamblers and 55,000 children suffering with a gambling addiction, hitting the public purse by up to £1.2billion.

The Gambling Commission responded: ‘We agree with the report’s assessment that we face the significant challenge of regulating a dynamic and developing industry. It also underlines the constraints that our current funding arrangements presents and we are developing proposals to discuss this with DCMS [The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport].’

  • Online bookie Mr Green has been hit with a £3million fine for failing to protect gambling addicts. The Gambling Commission also said the firm, which UK giant William Hill bought last year, did not have effective procedures to check customers were using legitimate sources of cash.

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