Claire Perry made the startling announcement as she gave a talk at the Duchess of Cambridge’s former school – the exclusive public school, Marlborough College – on Friday, claiming a royal baby would be ‘good for the economy’.
‘I think Kate Middleton is pregnant – and that would be good for the economy,’ she told the audience.
However Perry was later heavily criticized for her controversial comments, with royal watchers branding Perry’s musings ‘unhelpful,’ and explaining she was probably ‘trying to make a bit of a name for herself’.
Royal historian Hugo Vickers dismissed the Kate Middleton pregnancy comments, since, unless she and Kate share the same gynecologist she is extremely unlikely to know anything about a possible royal pregnancy.
‘It’s quite clearly none of her business to make remarks of that kind, and presumably it is not very helpful either.
‘She seems to be a bit of a loose cannon, and this is probably more loose cannon fire from Mrs Perry.’
Ingrid Seward, another royal correspondent, explained that Kate and Prince William currently have a busy public schedule, not only with the London 2012 Olympics but carrying on through the year. She doesn’t see much chance of Kate being pregnant before 2013.
Speculation on a royal baby has been rife since the wedding of William and Kate but Prince William fueled the discussion by saying earl;ier this year in a documentary televised for the Diamond Jubilee,
“I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I are looking forward to having a family in the future.’
So it’s a case of watch this space. No official announcement yet, but do you believe Claire Perry’s claims that Kate Middleton is pregnant?