A THIRD royal baby is on the way for Kate Middleton and Prince William but rumours have been circulating that the Duchess of Cambridge could be expecting more than one arrival. So, will Kate Middleton and Prince William have twins?
The Duchess of Cambridge, 36, and Prince William, 35, are expecting their third child in April.
They already have a son, Prince George, four, and daughter Princess Charlotte, two.
Kensington Palace announced news of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy in October last year.
The official statement read: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.
“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
Will Kate Middleton and Prince William have twins?
Although twins do not appear to run in either family line, suggestions that the couple are expecting two babies emerged in a cover story by magazine OK yesterday.
It ran with the headline: “Kate’s Baby: Surprise Twin Girls!”
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The publication hinted the leak had come from Kensington Palace although this was not confirmed.
Today, a spokeswoman for Kensington Palace told Express.co.uk it would not comment on speculation.
However, Prince William made a joke about the issue on February 9 when he said: “Twins? I think my mental health would be tested with twins.”
According to Hello!, the future King of England added: “Two is fine, I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three, I’m going to be permanently tired.”
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What are the odds on the Duchess of Cambridge having twins?
Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on the Duchess of Cambridge having twins to 4-1 amid the rumours circulating online.
Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: ”Both sides of the family have relatives with twins and it might be the public just putting two and two together but we’ve seen a wave of bets this week on Kate giving birth to twins this time around.”
There is some research from Denmark and Sweden that suggests women who suffer from acute morning sickness – which Kate Middleton has had with every pregnancy – does increase the likelihood of having twins although it is inconclusive.
In a previous interview with the BBC, evolutionary biologist Dr Yan Wong analysed the data and found that the chance of having twins went from 1.34 percent to 2.5 percent for people with the condition, which he concluded was “still pretty low”.