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We’ve been skeptical before about Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors reported by tabloids.
Among the pieces of “evidence” cited in the past: William was unusually attentive to his wife and constantly placed his arm around the small of her back; Kate’s dress was loose fitting, or she didn’t have any alcoholic drinks or, more recently, she declined to eat peanut butter.
There’s no question that, right or wrong, such speculation sells tabloids. We’ve also pointed out that, as often as the papers are wrong, at some point, they’re likely to be correct.
With all those caveats, we’re noting – just noting, folks, nothing more – the recent pregnancy reports, this time from last week’s issue of the American tabloid In Touch. The magazine’s headline blared: “A Royal Baby!” The cover, which appears to be heavily photoshopped, also claimed that “Kate’s 6 weeks pregnant” and teased many more specific details inside: “How the happy and relieved princess is getting ready: 3 nurseries an $1 million push present & the baby’s name.”
In Touch, which at times pays sources for information, said in this case it values its source, a Palace insider, because the person has in the past “correctly revealed other royal secrets, including their honeymoon location and the queen’s wedding gift to Kate.”
The source said that the Queen is particularly eager for the young royal couple to have kids.
“Since before they even got married, it’s been made clear to William and Kate that having children should be their number-one priority,” the source is also reported to have said.
As for names, “They want something traditional,” the source explained. “Edward, Philip and Michael are likely choices for a boy, or Alice or Rose for a girl.” In Touch says Prince William “secretly” (does that even make sense?) wants a girl.
To put the tabloid’s story in perspective, one might note that other headlines on In Touch’s website included: “Celebs Love ASH Footware!” “Emma Roberts and Zak Efron Hook Up!” and “In Touch Exclusive: It’s Over for Snooki and Jionni!” The magazine clearly likes exclamation points!
Marie Claire reported that a Buckingham Palace spokesman, refusing to be drawn into the rumors, said: “We do not comment on speculation.”
Before In Touch’s “confirmation” of the pregnancy news, MSNBC quoted a royal aide as saying: “There have been reports to the contrary worldwide, but the fact is that the Duchess of Cambridge is not pregnant. Does she hope to be soon? I should say so.”
Interestingly, In Touch’s rumors were not picked up by some of the usual tabloid suspects, though they have been skeptically reported by some mainstream media, like ABC News which said “the couple’s spokesman” denied the report: “We would be the ones to make the announcement, not Hollywood,” the spokesman said. “This is all complete speculation.”
“It used to be the case that the notice was posted on the gates of Buckingham Palace,” said ABC News’ royal correspondent Kate Nicholl. “I doubt we’ll see that this time. It’s probably going to be out on Twitter.”