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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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walkingworthy
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...
eattheolives
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
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moredetails
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.
eattheolives
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
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myrna_nora
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!
eattheolives
Dec. 14th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Ridiculous!
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exlibris_sarah
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.
eattheolives
Dec. 14th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
No kidding! Chewing photos are always awkward.
melyndie
Dec. 14th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
That's just nuts!
mainemilyhoon
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.
eattheolives
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...
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eattheolives
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.
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thinkinthots
Dec. 14th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
You give a gossip a chance and they can produce the biggest scandal ever! :)
eattheolives
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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eattheolives
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. ;)
jennymae
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
belovedwarrior
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.
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chestnutcurls
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.
eattheolives
Dec. 19th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Same here!
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