It's almost 2013, and at this point, we're tempted to sniff off all Kate Middleton pregnant rumors. But this one's a little different.
Jessica Hay, a childhood acquaintance of Kate's, told Australian tabloid New Idea that the duchess is actually expecting this time and will announce it soon. (Most of the "Kate's preggo" rumors take the form of quotes from sketchy unnamed "insiders.")
“They’re planning to make an announcement in December. William and Kate are focused on starting a family,” Hay spilled to the pub. The mag says that the news corroborates Kate's recent "weight gain" -- one a few people picked up on in these recent photos.
"It seems very traditional, but of course they’ll be happy with boys or two girls, they don’t want more," Hay also said. “They’ve discussed it endlessly and don’t want to be older parents.”
So, who is Jessica Hay? In 2010, she claimed Kate told her about her engagement via phone before she told anyone else, and predicted that the wedding would be "sometime [in the] next year." (Genius!) In 2011, she reportedly left her job at a law firm to concentrate on selling stories about her time spent growing up with the future duchess -- whom she says was bullied often in school.
Since Hay has a track record of cashing out Kate gossip to the media, would Catherine really still be close enough in touch with her that she'd tell Hay if she were pregnant?
Well, either way: Kate, if this isn't true, you know whom to call for a nice talking-to.
See all of the rest of the times people thought Catherine was duchess-ing for two:
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)
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