Kate Middleton just fueled the pregnancy speculation even more when the Duchess of Cambridge distanced herself from the source of the rumors but did not actually deny that she was pregnant.
This week Kate's childhood friend Jessica Hay told an Australian magazine that Kate is indeed pregnant with baby No. 2. The Duchess of Cambridge and the royal family have now responded to the report, but in doing so may have created even more pregnancy speculation.
On Thursday ET Canada reported spoke to a palace spokesperson, who said that Kate Middleton has not spoken to Jessica Hay for a long time.
"The duchess has not spoken to Jessica Hay for very many years," the spokesperson told ET Canada. "She is not in contact with her at all."
Kate Middleton has responded as well, reportedly putting Jessica Hay on limited profile on Facebook and blocking her entirely on Twitter. But neither the Duchess of Cambridge nor the royal family actually disputed the report that Kate is pregnant.
In the absence of any official confirmation of Kate Middleton's second pregnancy, followers of the royal family are turning to some unusual sources. Late this week many British gambling outfits began taking bets on whether Kate Middleton was pregnant or not. Within hours the odds jumped from 4-to-1 to 8-to-11, and then the bet was taken off the board entirely.
This move led many to believe that the gambling outfits had inside information about Kate's pregnancy, or were so sure about another baby for Kate and Prince William that it wasn't worth losing the money.
The betting outfit Coral noted that it seemed almost assured that Kate was pregnant again.
"With Prince George's first birthday just around the corner, the latest gamble strongly indicates that he could soon be joined by a little brother or sister," a spokesperson for Coral told the newspaper. "In fact, there could even be double celebrations in the Windsor household next Tuesday."
Kate Middleton has yet to respond directly to the pregnancy rumors, but sources say the Duchess of Cambridge could be making an official announcement within days.