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A look back: Diana’s pregnancies

- June 13th, 2012

“Royal firstborns may get all the glory, but second-borns enjoy more freedom … Only when Harry is a lot older will he realize how lucky he is not to have been the eldest. My second child will never have quite the same sort of pressure that poor William must face all his life.” – Diana

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Diana holds Prince William in this June 1982 official photo. (Photo: File photo)

Within days of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations coming to a close, I saw that headline that we’ve avoided for a few weeks: Kate is pregnant.

The Duchess of Cambridge is not pregnant (this particular article said she gushed about the news while her best friend, Victoria Beckham, stood beside her – insert eye roll here).

But it got me thinking about previous pregnancies, and in a search, I found an old birth announcement on People magazine’s website for Prince Harry.

“Prince Henry arrived a week before expected. Just as the mist was gathering on the emerald lawns of Windsor Castle at 6:30 a.m. on September 15, Diana and Charles, accompanied by their bodyguard, made the 30-minute car journey from their royal apartment to St. Mary’s,” the article reads.

The article also gives a glimpse of how the world viewed Diana and Prince Charles at the time.

“Since the beginning of her storybook romance with Charles, Diana has come to represent an ideal of her generation. In just three years she has grown from a shy teenager into a self-possessed, confident young woman capable of upstaging even the Queen. Her imperfections only serve to humanize her. The girl known for dropping out of dance class when the steps got too difficult still cannot stop biting her nails, which remain unpolished and chewed down to the quick. But that is the only sign of Diana’s inner tension,” the article reads.

We now know, of course, that things were much, much different behind closed doors.

In another article from November 1981, Diana is declared the Pregnant Princess. It said if the baby is a boy, the most likely names would be George, Edward, Philip, and Louis (no William on that list). For a girl, it would likely be Frances or Elizabeth.

“Inevitably, bookmakers began taking odds—10-11 on a boy, evens on a girl, and 50-1 on twins, who run in the mother-to-be’s family,” that People magazine article reads.

Both are interesting reads I’d highly recommend.

As for the tabloids declaring Kate is pregnant, well, I’ll wait for official word from Buckingham Palace before I get too excited.

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