Kate Middleton’s parenting ‘honesty’ discussed by Murphy
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is a mother to three children: Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three. There is often a lot of speculation that she and Prince William are planning to have another child, but this was knocked back this week by a royal expert. Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers teased a “big announcement” from the Cambridges ahead of the launch of Kate’s landmark project, the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
Because it was embargoed at the time of their podcast on June 17, Mr Myers was not allowed to reveal what it was, but promised big news from Kensington Palace.
This unintentionally sparked a rumour that Kate was pregnant.
In their podcast on June 24, Ms Gripper and Mr Myers noted that this triggered questions from listeners asking if the Duchess was expecting another baby.
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has three children
William and Kate with their children George, Charlotte and Louis
Mr Myers apologised for “setting the cat amongst the pigeons” with his vague comment.
In the discussion, Ms Gripper said she believes William and Kate are “done” and will not have any more children.
She said: “I have to say, first of all, any listeners who were very thoroughly teased by the ‘big announcement’ that was coming from Kensington Palace…
“I came off the call and [my husband] Ben said, ‘she’s not pregnant again is she?’
The Cambridge family
“I was like, oh gosh that didn’t even cross my mind, I never even thought that some people would think it was a baby.
“Because I just think they’re done, I just think they’ve got three, they’re not going to have anymore unless they have a little accident or afterthought, where they think ‘oh maybe we will go round again’.
“But I just feel like they’re kind of done, complete.”
Mr Myers said he was worried that he had started speculation after he received messages asking whether the Duchess was pregnant.
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The last time Kate had a baby was Prince Louis in 2018
He also said he was quoted in an article and acknowledged that it was “probably fair” given what he had actually said.
Mr Myers had told listeners to keep their eyes peeled for an announcement on the Kensington Palace social media channels, which is where royal fans would have found a baby announcement if there was one.
The royal editor said: “Some people were messaging me saying, ‘oh my gosh, is she pregnant?’ and I thought oh my lord, what have I done, I set the cat amongst the pigeons.
“And then somebody quoted what I had said on the podcast ‒ I thought it was probably fair ‒ but I did say it was a big announcement coming, I’ll refer you to the social media pages.
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“Well, I suppose that’s how things are done these days isn’t it, you haven’t announced anything unless you put it on your social media.
“Sorry if I gave anyone mild heart palpitations over the announcement.”
Instead of the announcement being a royal baby, Kate announced her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which is the culmination of all the work she has done in the area of early years development over the past decade.
The project brings together parents, teachers, academics, charities and other stakeholders to assess what the issues are that affect children’s early development and to help improve the lives of children across the country.
Mr Myers said he felt it was a “successful launch”, while Ms Gripper said she thought the news was “better than a royal baby” because it has the potential to help many, many children.
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