Kate Middleton and Prince William could be headed to divorce, with a new report claiming that the royal couple is being torn apart by hidden fighting and the pressures of living under an international spotlight.
The report comes from In Touch magazine, which claimed that Duchess Kate and Prince William are headed to couples therapy in order to address their issues. A source told the outlet that the couple isn’t facing anything particularly unusual — instead the normal issues that couples deal with — but that the problems are confounded by the constant public scrutiny they face.
“Their issues are on an even bigger scale, and they’re constantly arguing at the moment about the pressure Kate is under, William’s attitude about it and how to raise their kids,” the source said (via Celeb Dirty Laundry). “They’re going through a very rocky patch.”
The divorce rumors surrounding Kate Middleton and Prince William could be driven in part by growing pressure on Kate to get pregnant again. Though the couple now has two young children under the age of 3, some family members are reportedly pressing them to have more children.
The Hollywood Gossip reported that Duchess Kate’s mom, Carole Middleton, was the one putting on most of the pressure.
“That’s right, Kate’s mom – not any member of Prince William’s royal family – is the one urging the Duchess of Cambridge to keep crankin’ ’em out.
“Her first two pregnancies captivated the world, stimulated the British economy hard and generally made Kate and all things close to her look swell.”
Kate had reportedly planned to have three children, but after suffering through two difficult pregnancies she may have changed her mind. Pressure from family members to continue adding children would likely be difficult for Kate.
While there may be private pressures, there has also been intense public scrutiny on Duchess Kate regarding her potential pregnancies. A series of reports have claimed that Kate Middleton is pregnant, including a recent one from Life & Style that said Kate learned she is pregnant with twins.
“Kate and William were totally shocked when they found out,” the insider said. “They couldn’t speak at first and both burst out laughing and crying.”
The report has not been confirmed, and could be part of a stream of false rumors regarding Kate’s potential pregnancies. There were reports dating back to August of last year — a time when Princess Charlotte was still a newborn — that Kate wanted to have more children.
Celeb Dirty Laundry reported at the time that the plans were leading to growing tension between Kate Middleton and Prince William, the same tension that has been noted in this week’s divorce rumor.
“Prince William fears pregnancy complications and another round of post-partum depression. The Duke of Cambridge is hesitant when it comes to having a third baby with the Duchess, and might even be worried Kate’s rush to get pregnant again may be for the wrong reasons.”
There is plenty of evidence that the Kate Middleton divorce rumors are little more than speculation. The couple has been seen making a number of public appearances together, and recently commissioned a portrait in honor of their fifth wedding anniversary.
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This is also not the first report that Prince William and Kate Middleton are headed to divorce. Over the past few months, there have been intermittent reports that the couple is facing major problems, including rumors that Duchess Kate skipped Easter Sunday church services because of marital problems. All of the reports have been based on unsourced rumors, however, and publicly the couple has given no signs of trouble.
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