As Royal Baby Watch 2013 drags on into yet another week, palace insiders say that Kate Middleton’s due date may have passed 2-3 days ago.
Kensington Palace has been “operating under the assumption that the Duchess of Cambridge is two to three days late at this point,” reports say.
The revelation comes amid conflicting reports surrounding Kate’s due date, and whether she is indeed late (perhaps by a week or even longer).
Initial reports claimed that the royal baby was expected to arrive on July 11 or 13, a time frame that – as we know – came and went with no fanfare.
But the U.K.’s The Telegraph says Kate Middleton was really due Friday, July 19, and that they were asked to be on standby as early as a month before.
And being on standby means staying in top shape.
A source purportedly revealed to The Telegraph:
“A small number of staff at St. Mary’s who might be called upon when the duchess gives birth were told they had to remain teetotal for a month before.”
“They were told the due date was July 19, meaning they couldn’t drink from June 19 on.”
“Only a handful of people were told about it, because there are very few hospital staff who might be needed in the case of an emergency.”
This is, of course, assuming that Kate even gives birth to the baby at that location.
She is expected to welcome the future monarch at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, but a contingency plan is supposedly in place.
Kate has been hunkering down with her parents in Bucklebury, 53 miles away from St. Mary’s Hospital (though she reportedly returned to London).
Should she go into labor at her parents’ house, she is likely to give birth in Reading, a mere half hour away from London (and its prying eyes).
Meanwhile, Kate’s mom Carole was reportedly overheard saying that the baby will be a Leo, meaning it isn’t even due until July 22 at the earliest.
Bottom line … we really have no idea, but that little guy or girl has to come out sooner or later, right? Even Queen Elizabeth is getting impatient.
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Royal Baby Watch: Kate Middleton Reportedly "2-3 Days Late"