Did you guys hear? Kate Middleton is preggo! Yup!
At least that's what Star Magazine reports in its September 17th issue, proclaiming that "palace sources" have revealed that Catherine is with child.
Of course, this isn't the first time a tabloid has breathlessly declared that the duchess is duchess-ing for two. Back in November, In Touch pronounced the same, saying that Kate was six weeks along. (Which means Kate would have given birth in June 2012, and we're prettttttty sure we would have heard something if, you know, the Duchess of Cambridge had HAD A CHILD.) Then again that month, gossip flew again when Catherine declined to taste a peanut butter paste on an official visit, which is apparently a food expectant mums often avoid. Again, no bump (or infant) materialized.
So, with a huge grain of salt, ready for Star's new airtight evidence? In June, the duchess alighted the stairs of Buckingham Palace wearing a lacy dress, and when she turned around, you could see that the sash on her dress might have been let out about an inch. In tabloid logic, this obviously means she's accommodating a baby bump. They also creepily claim to know when the baby was conceived: during a "passionate night together" in Wales just after the end of the Olympics.
You heard it here first: Kate's sash definitely didn't just look that way or get let out for other reasons, or tear and get mended, and the fact that it's three months later and the duchess has no visible bump doesn't mean anything. Nope. Pregnant.
See the (non)-evidence from Star below:
See the full shebang of Kate Middleton baby rumors:
Star Magazine, September 2012
Star breathlessly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/star-magazine-kate-middleton-pregnant-photoshop-baby-bump_n_1899510.html" target="_hplink">claimed a photo from Kate and Will's recent royal tour showed a baby bump</a> (and that twins were on the way!), but alas, many people -- including us -- cried Photoshop.
Star Magazine, September 2012
A week earlier, Star had claimed that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/kate-middleton-pregnant-baby_n_1862326.html" target="_hplink">Kate was pregnant as evidenced by a belt on a dress she wore</a>, which appeared to have been let out a few inches.
US Weekly, June 13, 2012
According to the new <em>US Weekly</em>, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are ready to have a baby, and are planning to conceive their first little royal between September 2012 and summer 2013. (US Magazine)
In Touch Magazine, June 5, 2012
According to <em>In Touch</em>, a witness walking around London's chic neighborhood, Chelsea, saw the Duchess of Cambridge with a noticeable baby bumps, a "glow in her cheeks," and a more rounded bottom. (In Touch)
ABC News, November 4, 2011
Kate's refusal to eat peanut paste at a United Nations aid depot in Copenhagen sparked a storm of rumors that she may be pregnant. Apparently doctors recommend future-moms not to eat peanuts to avoid allergies. Kate wasn't pregnant (duh!) but the reaction from the press was huge, all because the girl didn't want peanut paste! (Indigo/Getty Images)
US Weekly, November 2011
US Weekly claims that the Duchess of Cambridge is preparing for a baby while the Duke is oversees. (Earsucker Photo)
Star Magazine, September 2011
The tabloid magazine quoted a supposed source saying, "William almost collapsed with joy-and relief-when Kate called to tell him she was pregnant." Soon after a royal representative debunked the rumor. (Metro.co.uk photo)