We don't know a lot about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's unborn baby, aside from the fact it's due some time in "spring 2019". The gender remains unknown, as do any potential names the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might be pondering.
But onlookers are now convinced they do know one thing about the latest royal baby... that there are actually two of them.
Following Meghan Markle's surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards in London last night, where she presented her wedding dress designer Clare Waight Keller with the prestigious British Womenswear Designer of the Year award, people were quick to make the comment that the Duchess' bump looked quite... sizeable all of a sudden.
And, of course, that observation led to the immediate assumption that she and Harry are expecting twins rather than just one baby.
Well...let’s look at it this way. Bey at five months pregnant with twins VS Meghan 5 months pregnant (possibly carrying twins). You be the judge. pic.twitter.com/Bv52vPy8fg- cj (@LemonadesBieber) December 11, 2018
I’ll freaking lose it if Meghan actually have twins. Y’all better stop 💀💀💀- Bridgette. (@iconnliving) December 10, 2018
is meghan actually having twins- lindsey (@securedbieber) December 11, 2018
Meghan looks absolutely gorgeous! But could she be pregnant w/twins or further along than reported?- ChocolaateDiva (@ChocolaateDiva) December 11, 2018
But Meghan's bump isn't the only thing that's led to speculation we could be welcoming two royal babies instead of one. Last month, betting site Paddy Power reportedly received such a flurry of bets that the royal couple are having twins, they stopped allowing anymore to be placed. It's thought a source with inside knowledge of the Meghan's pregnancy may have been the first to place money on Prince Harry and his wife having twins.
So many bets were placed on one night in November, the odds were reportedly slashed from 5/1 to odds-on.
A spokesman for the Irish betting company said at the time: "We had to suspend betting. We saw an almost identical pattern of betting before the announcements of the couple's engagement and pregnancy.
"Since the day began, the stream of bets has led us to believe that perhaps the punters - or an insider source - knows something more than we do."
The chance of having twins is around 1 in every 250 births, which doesn't make it a particularly rare occurrence. But twins haven't appeared in the British royal family for almost 600 years, meaning it doesn't exactly run in the family. The last time twins were born into the royal family was in October 1430, when Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scotland, gave birth to twin boys Alexander and James. Alexander died the same year he was born, while James ended up going on to be King.
Obviously Kensington Palace hasn't specifically addressed the issue of whether Meghan and Harry might be expecting twins or not, but the statements they have released about the royal baby (babies?) indicates there probably is just one.
The official announcement about Meghan Markle's pregnancy said the couple were "very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019." A baby. Singular.
And the most recent statement by Kensington Palace relating to the royal baby came just yesterday (24 November) when it was announced that Harry and Meghan would be moving to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor in the new year.
The statement for that announcement read: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child." Child. Also singular.
So the evidence, as we can see it, is slim that Meghan and Harry will be welcoming a duo of royal babies. But my god, we'd love it if they did.
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