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Tabloids and tabloid-style reporting make me laugh.

Kate Middleton Pregnancy Rumors intensify.

(First of all, why are they still calling her Kate Middleton? How about Dutchess Catherine? Kate Windsor? Also, and this I honestly don't get - someone with more knowledge of royal titles enlighten me - if William is a prince, why isn't she a princess? I know he's a duke too, but you'd think the higher title would trump...?)

ANYWAY. This is funny:

Pregnancy rumours began earlier this month after the couple visited Denmark. The Duke of Cambridge gave his wife numerous meaningful looks, according to reporters who were there.

Royal watchers also took note that at one point, William put out his arm, as if to help her.

Because heaven forbid a man give his wife his arm, much less give her "meaningful looks." *headdesk*



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Dec. 14th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Being a born and bred Brit, Royalty still confuses me :) There is a reason why she's not a Princess, but it's way too complicated to explain :D

The Queen is Queen (she became Queen when King George VI died), so why isn't Prince Phillip King? Google will probably be your friend.

Diana was a Princess but I don't know why...
Dec. 14th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
And here I thought being a Brit gave you secret knowledge about this sort of thing. ;)

I've done a lot of reading about the royal families (past and present), and I understand why Phillip was never given the honorary title of King. I *think* Diana was officially a princess because Charles was Prince of Wales, which is ... different than just being a prince. But then I get lost. =P
Dec. 14th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
This confuses me also... So, when Charles becomes King, then Prince William will become Prince of Wales? And Kate will be a Princess like Diana was?
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Dec. 15th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Yes, this! I was actually reading about her title yesterday. On Wikipedia. But, yes, her title is Princess William. How weird is that?!

Also, in regard to your entry: LOL!
Dec. 15th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
Yep ... there can only be one Prince of Wales at a time.

(However I have NO idea why there is a Prince of Wales to begin with, and not also a Prince of All the Other Places.)
Dec. 14th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, I poked about online and I think I understand slightly more ... talk about complex!
Dec. 14th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oh that's ridiculous! Even the whole article itself is silly--why do we care about how intense rumors are? The fact that "rumors" is in the headline should make it automatically of non-interest, unless it says they are true. :P

I also like how there's this idea that she'd only need help if she were pregnant. Like when women get pregnant, they suddenly can't walk.
Dec. 14th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I also like how there's this idea that she'd only need help if she were pregnant. Like when women get pregnant, they suddenly can't walk.

Have you ever noticed how often women in books become instantly weakly creatures when they're pregnant? I see that in Christian fiction a fair bit. =P
Dec. 14th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Not to encourage stereotypes, but some women DO start feeling weak and sometimes close to death (yeah, sounds dramatic, but when you're in the midst of it, it feels real!), and at times it happens within days of conceiving. Sometimes women are fine. I don't like them. :)
Dec. 14th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right. It seems like it happens much more often in poorly written historical fiction than in real life. :)
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
I am assuming you were not one of those women? Neither was I. I was very sick. I couldn't lift my head up without throwing up. It was absolutely miserable.
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Yes! I've been sick with both pregnancies. Hyperemesis with my first, and while not as bad this time around, still nauseated every day (at 29 wks) and getting sick about once a week. No fun! Sorry you were sick, too.
Dec. 15th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
I had hyperemesis with my first and I am terrified of having a second. It's good to hear that it CAN get better. While being nauseated is no fun, at least the getting sick part was once a week. I was on medication through my pregnancy and even with the meds, I was getting sick about 5-7 times a day (which was a great improvement!). It lasted until 22 weeks with me.

I had thought I would be one of those women who absolutely loved being pregnant, but oh-no! It is one of the top reasons I am not looking forward to a second child.
Dec. 14th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Dec. 14th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
And mother and baby are MIRACULOUSLY SAVED at the LAST MINUTE.
Dec. 15th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
And then the woman's reproductive system is irreparably and inexplicably and PERMANENTLY broken!! So if the baby dies.........
Dec. 15th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
But her husband gallantly loves her ANYWAY despite her BARRON STATUS, and there is much ADOPTING of WAIFS and ORPHANS.
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Dec. 14th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
THIS is how my in-laws react to pregnancy. LOL! Although, I did find it really funny when I was 30 weeks along and doing heavy garden labor that they never sent my brother-in-laws out to help me (probably too much work for the guys! ;-) ).
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Dec. 15th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
You probably haven't been around for any of my Christian Fiction rants. Which is probably a good thing. ;) I feel very strongly about poorly written "Christian" fiction ... *headdesk*
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Haha.. yes. The helpless, fragile little woman.
Dec. 16th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Dec. 14th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Kate also has the habit of putting her hands in front of her stomach when she stands, so its not hard for them to get pics of her either shielding or touching her "pregnant" belly. My favorite was when they said she was in her first trimester with a boy and a girl twin, when that's before an ultrasound could tell the genders. Or the headlines about how they were waiting to tell the Queen, but somehow the tabloids know before the Queen. Maybe the they figure that if they just keep announcing it, someday they may be right!
Dec. 14th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Ridiculous!
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Dec. 15th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
It does, doesn't it? Maybe that's the Official Royal Posture. ;)
Dec. 14th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Also, the whole "Beware the peanuts!" thing is not so much the case during pregnancy. I'd bet that she just doesn't like to eat in front of the camera, even if she is pregnant and trying to avoid certain foods. I know I wouldn't want to eat on camera. Bleh.
Dec. 14th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
No kidding! Chewing photos are always awkward.
Dec. 14th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
That's just nuts!
Dec. 14th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
I think I understand the title thing, but it's probably more complicated than this. The way I understood it is that Prince William is a prince because his parents were the prince and princess, but since he's not next in line for the throne he's not actually the prince of anything. So he and Kate are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge until the queen dies/abdicates (retires? :-P) and Charles becomes King, in which case William and Kate will move up in line and become the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Whether they'll still be the Duke and Duchess then...I have no idea.

The celebrity baby watch thing is so ridiculous. For heaven's sake, the woman wears 4-inch heels like they're going out of style! Of course she'll need a helping hand every now and then.
Dec. 14th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
I think you're probably right. Other stuff I read today said that Kate can't be Princess Kate because she was born a commoner, so when she's styled Princess it would be Princess William of Whatever (Like Princess Michael of Kent, who's actually married to Prince Michael of Kent). Which I kind of love because of how illogical it is.

I didn't realize until today that the Dukedom was conferred on William by the Queen as a wedding gift ... Dukeishness being the highest honor she could give him. Which is weird to me, because I think of Duke as being way down the royal totem pole, but apparently not. This is what comes from too much exposure to historical fiction, where Dukes are popping up on every other page...
Dec. 15th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
Wait...but wasn't Diana a "commoner"? Or wait, she was the "People's Princess" so I guess that doesn't mean she's--in very American terms--OF the people....just FOR the people, yes?
Dec. 15th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
Diana was a Lady before she married Charles. I'm not sure how far up the royal ladder she was, but she was at least an "insider". :)

That's a very good point about being for the people, though. =P Sadly, many people feel like they have a "right" to know about a celebrity's life ...
Dec. 14th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
For heaven's sake, the woman wears 4-inch heels like they're going out of style! Of course she'll need a helping hand every now and then

HAHAHA, I laughed so hard at this. :D Right on!
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Dec. 14th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
I thought I did too, but apparently there's still plenty for me to learn! o_O

(So really, the only time you'll get Princess [first name] is the daughter of a King or Queen or Prince, right? Princess Anne, for instance.
Dec. 14th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
This just proves that when anyone gets back from their honeymoon, the first question they ask is "WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE A BABY???"

That poor couple. That's all I have to say. Imagine if already knew she couldn't carry a child AND deal with all these tabloids? Heartbreaking.
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Dec. 15th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Truly, I shouldn't be this fascinated but I think the whole system is really interesting.

I'm glad I'm not the only one. :)
Dec. 14th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
You give a gossip a chance and they can produce the biggest scandal ever! :)
Dec. 15th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
And it's a good reminder not to believe everything you hear or read. =P
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Dec. 15th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
I do too. I'm curious to see how things go for them - and admittedly, it's fun to have a young, fabulous set of royals to watch. ;)
Dec. 15th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
Hahaha!!!! I love the quote you pulled out and your response to it. What does "meaningful looks" mean?!? Maybe he was saying, "I'm hungry, can we go have supper now?" ;-)

Oh man. And royal stuff is SO CONFUSING to me! It fascinates me though. Am grateful that I'm not born a royal though. Ugh. At least our presidents only are in the limelight for 10ish years (including the campaign) at most....royals are stuck with it forever and ever, amen. :-P
Dec. 15th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
Presidents are in the limelight, albeit a lot less limelight-y, for more than 10 years. They do take a backstep, but they're still pretty significant, I would say.

But the biggest difference is that the Presidents have a choice. I wouldn't want to choose royalty.
Dec. 15th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
But the biggest difference is that the Presidents have a choice. I wouldn't want to choose royalty.


Actually, I wouldn't choose any kind of fame, period.
Dec. 15th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
If I were in their position, I would be so tempted to do things just to mess with the press. :D
Dec. 16th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Poor Kate! Sheesh.

I admit I'm a lot more interested in royalty since the wedding, so I've enjoyed reading all the comments. I think she's a Class Act and they're really sweet together.
Dec. 19th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Same here!
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