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Kate may be following in Diana’s baby-popping footsteps

Princess Diana kept her due date with William a secret; is Kate doing the same thing?
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Denette Wilford, June 26, 2013 3:29:54 PM

Just three more weeks and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be welcoming the latest addition to the royal family. The little boy or girl is due to arrive July 13 — or maybe not. Some sources are saying that Kate and William have kept the real due date a secret — just like Will’s mom did with him.

According to The Daily Telegraph, “some have suggested that the Duchess may be due earlier than the July 13 date announced by Buckingham Palace.” Diana, Princess of Wales, did the same thing with William back in 1982, fooling the media into believing her first son was due on her birthday, July 1. But Will was actually born 10 days earlier.

Kate is also having the baby in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital, where Diana gave birth to both William and Harry, so it wouldn’t be the only thing she copied from her late mother-in-law.

You can hardly blame Kate and William for trying to do a little trickery on the press, who will be all over the couple during this time — and the days, weeks and months ahead. The Duke and Duchess weren’t able to announce Kate’s pregnancy on their terms, the three-month mark, because her hospitalization was uncovered rather quickly.

It could also be why the Duchess skipped out on Thomas van Straubenzee and Lady Melissa Percy‘s wedding over the weekend. Kate wanted to be near St Mary’s, just in case something happened and the royal baby decided to make an appearance even earlier than planned. Hey, if North West was five weeks early, Ye Royal Baby could show up early too.

Either way, we’ll be hearing the joyous news soon enough because just like Prince William’s arrival into the world, his child with Kate will be announced the same way — with a proclamation displayed at the gates of Buckingham Palace.

“We wanted to retain some of the theatre of the notice. It is quite important to us that this is done properly and with the degree of dignity that the event demands. This is the birth of a child who will be in line to the throne. It is a rare occasion and it is nice to be able to do it with some historical precedence,” a Palace spokesman said. “It is very important [to us] that it will not be announced first on Twitter, although it will be announced on Twitter in due course.” My, how times have changed.

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