The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting baby number three in about two weeks, and fans are counting down the days until the arrival. But even though the new royal baby is almost here, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been tight-lipped about whether or not they are having a prince or princess. So why is the couple keeping their baby’s gender a secret?
Romper is reporting that details about the royal baby have remained a mystery. Kensington Palace announced the pregnancy back in September, but since then, the Duke and Duchess have kept “all things baby” private.
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But, there is a good reason why the couple has not revealed the sex of their baby – they have chosen not to find out if they are having a boy or a girl.
As it turns out, William and Kate are not withholding the information from fans; they simply don’t know themselves. They also opted not to know the sex of their first two children and instead waited until the little ones arrived.
What we do know is that the Duchess will give birth in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, the same place where she delivered 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte. Barriers have already gone up outside the hospital, and parking restrictions are already in place in preparation for the media frenzy that will occur when Prince William and Middleton introduce their new bundle of joy to the world.
The palace has not confirmed a due date – saying only that the baby will arrive in April – but speculation is that the birth will take place during the last week of the month.
Since so few details are known, people are trying to cash in by placing bets on the baby’s name, gender, and date of birth. The odds that the baby will arrive on April 21st, Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, are 10 to 1. Most people believe that Kate will have another girl and the couple will name her Alice.
One thing for certain is that if Middleton gives birth to a boy, it will not affect Princess Charlotte’s path to the throne because of the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013. Historically, a son’s birth bumps a daughter down the line, but now birth order determines succession, not gender.
So, Princess Charlotte will make history for being the first Princess not skipped over as an heir to the throne. She is currently fourth in line – behind Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George.