A betting company, Coral, has suspended betting on whether the Queen will announce her abdication in her Christmas Day broadcast – meaning she could.
This was done after a couple of “unusual” bets were placed on Wednesday.
A spokesman told City A.M two different bets had been made within half an hour of each other – prompting the team to question whether there had been a leak from Buckingham Palace.
The betting company had been offering 10-1 odds on the Queen announcing her abdication during the Christmas Day speech, but had not received any bets on it “for months” he said.
“It’s a big coincidence to have two people within half an hour.”
He noted that there had been a similar pattern to betting around Kate Middleton’s first and second pregnancies.
“Betting on the Royal Family is very popular, but they do have their leaks.”
“It could be smoke with no fire – could be a couple of people chancing it – but someone might have heard a whisper,” he said.
One of the bets was placed in a central London shop while the second was made online.
The last time was January, when a £200 bet was placed. Coral also suspended betting at that point.
“Throughout the year there has been major speculation about the Queen’s future but today’s gamble has really caught us by surprise,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.
“As far as we are concerned there’s no smoke without fire when bets like this come through all in succession, so we have decided to be safe rather than sorry and pull the plug on the market,” added McGeady.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment.