Kate Middleton Pregnant? Instagram Story Debut And Upcoming Canadian Visit Provide Clues

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Is Kate Middleton pregnant?

Rumors have been buzzing around that question all summer with Life & Style Weekly going so far as to congratulate Kate and Prince William in late July on the impending arrival of their third child. However, since that seemingly happy announcement, other stories have emerged that cast doubt on the supposed pregnancy.

As explained by ABC News when Kate was pregnant with Princess Charlotte, the Duchess suffers from a rare form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes expecting women to experience severe and persistent nausea. The condition, which caused Kate to be hospitalized in 2014, is so debilitating that Celebrity Dirty Laundry reports Queen Elizabeth fears the Duchess would use her condition to get out of public duties if and when she becomes pregnant again.

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However, the Duke and Duchess have been out and about a lot lately, which makes it unlikely the rumors that Kate Middleton is pregnant are true. Entertainment Tonight reports Kate and William attended an event for the youth charity, Youthscape, in Luton, England, yesterday. They also met with representatives of Our Minds Matter, a mental health advocacy organization.

Kate and William are long-time supporters of mental health causes, and Kate recently issued a statement about breaking the stigma associated with mental health issues in the U.K. and worldwide.

“One in three adults still say they would be embarrassed to seek help for their child’s mental health. No parent would fail to call the doctor if their child developed a fever, yet some children are tackling tough times without the support that can help them because the adults in their life are scared to ask.”

She added, “Both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it.”

Further dampening speculation that Kate Middleton is pregnant, the official Kensington Royal Instagram account posted a story about the Luton event today. According to Vanity Fair, it was Kate’s first appearance in an Instagram Story and marked her return to the spotlight in a big way after a relatively quiet summer. The site, which noted Kate recycled a floral LK Bennet dress to visit the charities, believes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are going to have a busy fall filled with public appearances that will thrill royal-watchers.

Canadian fans of Kate Middleton will get a chance to see the royal couple and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, very soon. The Daily Mail reports the royal family will spend a week spotting bears and visiting an Indigenous People’s Reserve in British Columbia, Canada, from Sept. 24 until Oct. 1, 2016.

Kate and William were invited to visit Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and are said to be excited to explore the wilderness that western Canada is famous for. They will reportedly tour Victoria, Kelowna, and Great Bear Rainforest in B.C. before heading to Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon. The Great Bear Rainforest will allow the baby royals, George and Charlotte, to see wildlife, such as coastal gray wolves, humpback whales, and the rare Kermode bear, which has a cream coat and is believed to be sacred by the local T’simshian people.

As exciting as the trip sounds, it appears to shoot down rumors that Kate Middleton is pregnant. It’s hard to believe the Duchess will be up to bear-spotting and whale-watching if she is suffering from extreme morning sickness. As Maclean’s points out, the trip requires a great deal of air travel, and Heritage Canada issued a statement promoting the outdoorsy vibe of the royal family’s visit.

“Their royal highnesses will participate in events and activities that highlight the work Canadians are doing to preserve the environment, empower young people, improve mental health, encourage active living and highlight Indigenous culture and ‎heritage.”

All in all, it doesn’t sound like a trip for anyone suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

Do you think Kate Middleton is pregnant? Are you excited about Kate and William’s upcoming Canadian visit? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below this article.

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