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Could Kate Middleton FINALLY Be Pregnant?

Is Kate Middleton hiding a bump?

Prince or Princess Baby…maybe?

That’s what Star magazine would love us to think this week with its latest attention-grabbing cover story.

Once again, they’re raising the world’s hopes that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (or, if you prefer, the more informal Kate Middleton) is finally expecting the royal heir to the British throne with husband Prince William.

Announcing up front, “It’s Official! Kate’s Pregnant!”, the tabloid then goes on to talk in much more speculative terms within the story itself.

As reported by HollywoodLife, an unnamed insider says, “Friends say Kate is convinced it’s happened, and while she and William are playing it close to the vest, they’re delirious with joy.”

The anonymous source adds that the conception was very recent. “A woman can always tell when the earliest signs appear, and it’s believed that a passionate night together at their rented country house on an estate in Wales, just after the end of the London Olympics, did the trick.”

The royal lovebirds are reportedly hoping for a girl, and plan to honor William’s mother and grandmother by giving her the middle names Diana and Elizabeth.

All this, mind you, before the royal couple even starts the second honeymoon they’ve reportedly planned in Singapore, Borneo, the Solomon Islands and neighboring regions starting September 11.

So how closely should we be scrutinizing the royal midsection?

Maybe not as much as Star would like. For one thing, the “baby bump” image shown on their cover is from July 19 – right around the time of the last Is She Expecting…? buzz, and well before the post-Olympics tryst.

Oh, yes, and Kate’s royal sporting duties aren’t over yet. She’s been a very visible presence during the Paralympics this past week, and no one else has reported on any signs of a bump, morning sickness or other pregnancy symptoms.

Even the report of the honeymoon doesn’t quite have the ring of truth. Would the Prince and his wife – with their rep for compassion and charity work – really be so callous as to jet off on a getaway in Survivor territory on the anniversary of the most heinous terrorist attack on American soil?

Ironically, the tabloid’s sister website, RadarOnline,  reported just the other day that Katie Couric wants the Duchess on her new talk show, but is worried that she’s “getting too thin” for her audience’s comfort. Perhaps in a couple of months, that won’t be an issue.

So, once again, we’re left to wonder, peer closely at recent photos and wait for more definite word. Even Star admits that a formal pregnancy announcement might be a couple of months in coming, “after the royal gynecologist is absolutely convinced that Kate is in peak condition.”

In other words, don’t start buying gifts for the royal nursery just yet. But yes, we will admit we’d love to see this loving couple start their journey to parenthood!

What do you think? Is this new rumor true?

[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]

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