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Kate Middleton: Is she or isn't she?

It’s been a relatively slow news week – no Tom-and-Katie-level bombshell announcements so far – so the tabs are trying to stir things up by reviving some baby-bump buzz. The subject: Kate Middleton.

New photos of the Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery show her in a fetching Stella McCartney blue dress that’s just a tad loose around the middle, and in certain shots, she’s seen holding her right arm over her stomach as if to guard a developing future prince or princess. To the casual observer, this all means nothing. To celeb reporters, it means the world.

“Is Kate Middleton Pregnant?” demanded Other gossip sites remarked on her chest looking a bit fuller and on other recent photos where Kate seemed to be covering her midsection.

Mind you, stories like these have been circulating on and off ever since the Duchess and Prince William exchanged vows 15 months ago. Even we here at the ‘Crawler have indulged in a little fun speculation about a royal pregnancy. The excitement builds for a day or two and then, when no official word comes from the Palace,  it quiets down again.

Maybe the real question we should be asking isn’t, “Is she pregnant?” but, “Why do we care?”

It’s understandable that the British would have an interest in a William-and-Kate baby; after all, it’s their monarchy. But what excuse do we Yanks have? Didn’t we send our men to war a couple of centuries ago to free ourselves from the British crown? Now that we’re independent citizens, we spend that free time watching the royals and hoping for…um…a new heir to perpetuate the British crown.

I have a few theories about this. First, even though we’re not a part of Great Britain anymore, we still appreciate its history – and you can’t get much more fascinating than the monarchy. From the Normans to the Plantagenets, York, Lancaster, Tudor, Windsor and everyone in between, it’s a real-life soap opera that’s still unfolding.

Second, we’re caught up in the princess fantasy. We women have progressed in a lot of ways, but most of us still sigh contentedly when Cinderella’s prince sweeps her out of the ashes and into a bridal gown. Prince William’s wedding was every fairy tale come true, with a dash of Barbie style, and the little girl in us loved every moment. And we all know how the classic saying ends! “First comes love, then comes marriage…”

There is also the matter of the Princess Diana legacy. Plenty of us still remember “The People’s Princess,” who had a heart bigger than her tiara and who fiercely adored her sons. Both William and Harry have honored their mother’s memory by growing into caring, responsible men with a love of service. It would be so gratifying to see them raise Diana’s grandchildren with the same values.

AND. We just love babies. Period. Especially when someone else is doing the diaper duty and all we have to do is coo over their peach-fuzz cheeks, wee nails, and innocent eyes. And since Snooki‘s son hasn’t arrived yet and the official photos of Penelope Disick haven’t yet hit the stands, we need something to occupy our time.

What’s your take? Are you hoping for some big royal baby news soon – and if so, why?

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