Is Kate Middleton having a baby girl? That's what many now think after the Duchess of Cambridge was heard starting to say daughter instead of baby while referring to her unborn child during a public appearance on Tuesday.
In the brief exchange between Middleton, 31, and a fawning member of the public, the duchess is seen accepting a teddy bear from a wellwisher saying, according to one witness, "Thank you, I will take that for my d... for my baby," reported The Sun
Though it is difficult to decipher what Middleton says on the video, one of her admirers, Sandra Cook, who was standing next to the woman who handed her the bear, says she distinctly heard the duchess utter the start of the "d" word.
"When she shook hands with me I said, 'You nearly slipped up there, you were going to say daughter, weren’t you?' She smiled and said, 'What do you mean? We don’t know yet,'" Cook told The Sun.
"I teased her and said, 'Oh I think you do' — to which, still smiling, she replied, 'We’re not telling,'" added Cook.
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Cook, a 67-year-old mother of two, waited for two hours in the cold rain in the seaport community of Grimsby, England, to get a chance to see Middleton.
"It was worth every cold minute," said Cook adding, "I’m certain it’s a girl. She wouldn’t have said the D-word otherwise. After she said it, she was a little flustered."
After Kate's slipup bookies reduced the odds to as short as 1 to 2 that the royal family will welcome a princess in July, with odds on a boy drifting out to 6 to 4, according to the Telegraph. Bookies are also taking bets on what day the baby will be born, with July 17, Kate's birthday, the favorite at 6 to 1.
At 12 weeks, physicians can usually tell the sex of the baby via an ultrasound. Royal sources have insisted the duchess and her husband have chosen not to be told the sex of their baby, the Telegraph reported.
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In early December, Middleton was taken to the hospital suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition in which pregnant women experience nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. In addition to leading to speculation that Middleton had lost the child or was having twins, the hospital stay involved the suicide of a nurse.
A pair of Australian disc jockeys pranked Middleton's private nurse pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, the grandmother and father of Middleton's husband, Prince William. Days after the incident the nurse responsible for putting the call through to Middleton's private nurse committed suicide
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