British bookmakers are convinced that Prince William and Kate Middleton will announce that baby number four is on the way before the end of the year, and some royal watchers believe they have picked up on the clues that the Duchess of Cambridge is already expecting. Yes, the royal baby rumors are flying, and Middleton has surprisingly responded to the speculation that she is pregnant again.
Clearing things up
Prince William and Kate Middleton are already the parents of three small children – Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1 – but fans have some serious royal baby fever, and they have been looking for signs that Middleton is expecting again.
Every sweet comment Middleton has made about a baby during public appearances has affected bookies’ odds. And, during a trip to Northern Ireland, the crowd went crazy when the Duchess of Cambridge met five-month-old James Barr.
Royal reporter Robert Jobson tweeted that Kate Middleton told James’ dad Alan that she felt “broody” upon meeting the baby, and the crowd started shouting “number four.” Alan then took the opportunity to just come out and ask the Duchess if baby number four was on the way, and she responded, “I think William would be a little worried!”
The odds are low
Despite Kate Middleton’s comment, Coral – a British betting and gambling company – still has the odds at 2:1 that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will announce a pregnancy before the end of 2019.
“This latest gamble could suggest that Kate and William are set to extend their family in the near future as punters have been rushing in to back the couple to announce they are expecting their fourth child at some point in 2019,” said Coral’s John Hill.
If they are right, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 4th child would push Prince Harry and Archie Harrison further down the line of succession – to number seven and eight – and Princess Eugenie would no longer be in the top 10.
According to The Express, the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 changed the rules of royal succession and ended the “male-preference primogeniture for those born after October 28, 2011.” Simply put, the guys no longer jump ahead of the girls. And, that makes the current line: Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry, and Archie Harrison.
What about Meghan Markle?
The baby rumors are also swirling around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with some outlets reporting that the Duchess of Sussex is already pregnant with baby number two just three months after giving birth to Archie Harrison.
The Express is claiming that Markle is expecting a second baby at the end of April or early May, and the odds are the baby is a girl after her good friend Misha Nonoo was spotted purchasing pink baby clothes. Coral has the odds of a girl at 8:11, but the palace has not confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have another baby on the way.
However, the baby speculation surrounding Meghan Markle recently went into overdrive when she was spotted with Harry at the Rose & Crown in Winkfield Village. The Duke of Sussex enjoyed a few pints, but the Duchess only drank water.
“Meghan was cradling Archie most of the time,” said an eyewitness. “The little lad was as good as gold, I didn’t hear him cry once while he was there… No other customers recognized them…The staff clearly knew who they were but kept the service low-key…They did indicate to me they had been there before… They just chatted away like any normal couple and were laughing a lot.”
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have not commented on the latest odds surrounding another addition to the royal family.