Does the Royal Family Have Any Twins?

There’s no doubt about it – the world is obsessed with the royal family. Fans love learning all they can about every detail of their lives, from eating habits and leisure activities to their favorite charitable organizations.

Possibly the hottest topic as far as fans are concerned is that of babies – royal babies are especially fascinating, and now that Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry’s wife, is expecting their first child in late spring 2019, the speculation is at a fever pitch.

Is Meghan Markle having twins?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

As soon as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their impending parenthood in October 2018, people started buzzing about not only the gender of the baby royal but about whether or not she could be carrying twins. The only thing cuter than one royal baby is two, but there seems to be no truth to the rumors about Duchess Meghan being pregnant with twins.

Do twins run in the royal family?

While the couple hasn’t confirmed the baby’s gender, and isn’t likely to, according to royal tradition, twins don’t run on either side of the family. The royal family, in particular, isn’t prone to twin births and hasn’t had a set of twins for over six centuries. To find the last pair of twins born into the royal family, you would have to look back to 1430, when James I of Scotland and his wife Queen Joan welcomed twin boys.

There is a wild card on Duchess Meghan’s side, however – the Duchess is 37 years old, which puts her in the age range of women more likely to experience twin births. With this being her first birth, the odds are slightly lowered, but the chance is certainly still there. Her nationality and height could also factor in as well.

Could Kate Middleton have twins?

Kate Middleton holding her daughter, Princess Charlotte

Prince William and Kate Middleton holding her daughter, Princess Charlotte, as they view helicopter models H145 and H135 before departing from Hamburg airport on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William have welcomed three children, and no twins as of yet. Their first child, Prince George, was born in July 2013, their daughter, Princess Charlotte, was born in May 2015, and their third child, baby son Louis, was born in April 2018. Meghan Markle’s child could share a birthday with one of his or her royal cousins since Markle is due at the end of April/beginning of May.

Speculation has already begun that Duchess Kate is pregnant again with the couple’s fourth child. Kensington Palace’s only comment on the reports was that if the Duchess was, in fact, pregnant, they would release an official statement. As it is, Duchess Kate suffered a good deal with all three of her pregnancies and dealt with extreme cases of morning sickness almost all the way through each pregnancy. The possibility of a fourth baby always remains, but with three young children and a busy schedule to deal with, Duchess Kate is more than due for a break.

As to whether Duchess Kate could ever have a set of twins, it seems unlikely. There are no twins in the Duchess’s family for many generations, and as established, Prince William’s family line has no regular pattern of twins. If twin royal babies should pop up sometime in the future, it will no doubt be a sweet surprise for everyone!

The next royal baby

The world will get their first glimpse of the newest member of the royal family when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome their little one this spring. According to all reports, the pair is over the moon with excitement about the impending arrival. Whether the royal baby is a boy or a girl, it will carry the hopes and dreams of not only his or her father and mother – but of the entire world as well.