It must be quite bizarre, royal or no, to have throngs of people waiting for you to give birth. That’s exactly what Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is going through at the moment. But the baby watch may soon be over – rumor has it she’s gone into labor.
Now, there’s little to confirm the miracle of life – which is apparently more miraculous if you’re royalty – has already begun. But evidently, BBC Radio 2′s host Chris Evans told listeners that Duchess Kate has gone into a hospital in London, Best Daily reported.
“Eyewitnesses in the capital also reported seeing armed police cars rushing towards St. Mary’s hospital early this morning and roads being closed off in the area,” the gossip site added.
Social media exploded with the news as well.
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Among the eagerly awaiting Brits is 79-year-old Terry Hutt, one among the masses of admirers staked outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s; Hutt is sleeps on a wooden bench and will stay there until Prince George‘s baby brother or sister is born, Bang Showbiz reported. It’s a watch he also kept for baby number one.
“Every baby that’s born, people say to me ‘it’s only another baby,’ but this is a royal baby – there’s a difference. My wife tells me I’m mad. I have a waterproof outfit, a tarpaulin over the bench, decorated with union jacks. We call it the royal bench.”
There are some hints to support the rumor that Duchess Kate, 33, has gone into labor. She is due “mid to end of April,” for one, and for another, her husband – Prince William – has already taken his paternity leave and is reportedly home and waiting for his second child like any other father, Hollywood Life added.
Of course, it’s standard for royal family watchers on both sides of the pond to turn what could be just coincidence into evidence. No one actually knows where she is right now – she could be at Kensington Palace, or with her parents in Bucklebury, 55 miles from London, ABC News added.
Meanwhile, the gates outside the Lindo Wing are up and though the baby watch frenzy seems to be at a fever pitch, it’s more subdued than the birth of Prince George – less TV cameras are staked outside the hospital this time.
Which is sad – that the second born is getting less attention already. At least his or face will be on plenty of probably creepy plates, mugs, key rings and other souvenirs, one retailer told ABC News.
Perhaps we should just leave Duchess Kate – and her eagerly anticipated offspring – at peace, at least for their big day (which, coincidentally, is also Queen Elizabeth’s 89th birthday.
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