Ever since Clarence House announced that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with her 2nd child, there’s been a flurry of speculation around when Prince George will become a big brother.
US websites are abuzz with rumour and counter-rumour, with everyone claiming they have the inside scoop on the ‘official’ due date.
So, what do we actually know?
We know that Kate’s pregnancy was announced earlier than planned because she has hyperemesis gravidarum (an extreme form of morning sickness) and had to pull out of a planned public engagement in Oxford and a royal visit to Malta.
We also know, from royal aides, that Kate had not yet reached 12 weeks – the stage of pregnancy when many people ‘go public’ – when the announcement was made.
So, given that hyperemesis gravidarum can kick in as early as the 5th to 7th week of pregnancy, Kate’s second child could be due any time between mid April and early May 2015.
Meanwhile, Kate’s ongoing sickness is fuelling other rumours, stateside, that she’s pregnant with twins.
The National Enquirer has, apparently, and excitedly,unearthed an ‘palace source’ who’s said, “An ultrasound test performed around the six-week mark of her pregnancy indicated the presence of two heartbeats! If she is pregnant with twins, this may make her nausea more severe.”
Hmm, perhaps the ‘palace source’ has forgotten that Kate also had hyperemesis gravidarum – so badly that she ended up in hospital – during her non-twin pregnancy with Prince George?
Well, whatever the truth in all the rumours, we just hope Kate feels better soon!