A new tabloid report says that Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to have twin girls.
Star Magazine’s October 20 edition says that the royal couple are definitely having a girl, but that it’s possibly twins.
The tabloid says that Kate is already gaining baby weight, which some are taking as a sign of twins.
In fact, the report claims that the prince has already told Queen Elizabeth: “It’s two girls!”
The report follows a source telling the National Enquirer tabloid in late September that the couple is possibly going to have twins.
“While the official announcement said Kate was expecting another little prince or princess, it’s possible she’s actually carrying twins,” the source said.
“That’s because an ultrasound test performed around the six-week mark of her pregnancy indicated the presence of two heartbeats!”
Baby Centre, an organization in the U.K., says on its website that an ultrasound scan is the only way to confirm twins but that it won’t be confirmed until the 10-week mark.
“Ultrasound is almost foolproof at diagnosing twins, but the greater the number of babies, the less accurate it is at detecting how many babies there are,” it says.
The Enquirer said that the couple “have genetics on their side for a multiple pregnancy,” citing twins from William’s maternal uncle Charles Spencer, and the fact that Kate’s paternal grandmother had a twin sister and her father Michael had twin great aunts.
Dr. Arthur Wisot, M.D. said that if Kate is indeed pregnant with twins, it would make her sickness worse. Kate has been suffering from hypermesis gravidarum, a sickness that some women get from being pregnant that has been described as “a horrendous, grueling, protracted condition that leaves the people who suffer from it in a horrid state.”
“The major danger of carrying twins is premature delivery. Other possible complications include hypertension and pre-eclampsia,” the doctor said.
Kate’s health hasn’t been good with this pregnancy, as the pregnancy sickness has forced her to stay under care and miss royal duties.
A family friend told People magazine on Tuesday that Kate, 32, is “not at all well, the poor thing.”
The source said that Kate has gone to stay with her parents in Bucklebury for the time being.
“When you’re ill, the place you feel most comfortable is at home with your mum, isn’t it?” the source added. “When she’s there, Kate can just relax and sit on the sofa and not have to worry about having to deal with all the staff and everything else that comes with a big palace full of rooms.”
Before the friend’s disclosure, Kate’s health had been reportedly improving. A source told People in late September that the Duchess was able to be up and about, though she still needed to rest frequently.
And royal aides told the Daily Mail that Kate would resume official duties soon after having to cancel multiple engagements, including her first solo trip representing the Queen.
“There will be engagements in October and November. We just haven’t announced them yet,” a spokesman said at the time.
But a source now tells People: “It’s very difficult to give a time frame for when we might see her again. But hopefully she will get better soon and will get some engagements in soon.”
Kate hasn’t been seen in public since early August.
If William and Kate do have twin girls, then the latest information indicates that they would name Margaret and Diana.
The latter name was revealed by royal biographer Andrew Morton.
“Close friends to William and Kate have told me that if it is a girl they want to name the baby after Diana,” Morton told Sun reporter Ben Griffiths.
“They discussed girls’ names before George was born and now they’re hoping the next one is a girl so they can carry out their wish to honour William’s mother.”
Star magazine reported in its September 22 edition that the couple chose Margaret in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, who died in 2002.
A source apparently told the magazine that “the Queen became quite teary-eyed when Kate and William told her.”
But Globe magazine reported around the same that the couple asked Queen Elizabeth for permission to name a daughter after her.