Royal baby on the way

Kate Middleton is due to give birth to her second child.

FILE: Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd R) and Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), leave after a visiting the Stephen Lawrence Centre on 27 March, 2015 in London. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Duchess of Cambridge is in the early stages of labour.

A large media contingent has camped outside the London hospital where Kate Middleton is due to give birth to her second child.

The baby will be fourth in line to the throne.

Many reports say she was due last Saturday meaning her labour has been induced.

Last week, British punters were rushing to place wagers on the r oyal baby's name, gender, weight and precise birth date in the countdown to the arrival of the second child of Prince William and his wife Kate.

The odds on the baby being called Alice are now 6/4, followed by Charlotte and Elizabeth at 11/2, according to William Hill on Friday. Diana, after Prince William's late mother, is at 16/1.

If it is a boy, James leads at 8/1. Other popular names include Arthur and Alexander.

Kate gave birth to her first child, Prince George Alexander Louis, in July 2013 at London's St Mary's hospital to a worldwide media fanfare. She is expected to have the second child there too.