KATE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE and Prince William have had their hands full with all three children at home during lockdown but there is mounting speculation the doting parents could announce more baby news by the end of the year.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, and Prince William, 37, have three children under the age of eight and have had a busy time keeping them occupied amid lockdown. Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, both recently celebrated birthdays while Prince George will be seven on July 22.
Kate and William are both dedicated parents and clearly enjoy having their little ones around.
The couple have opened up about life during lockdown in several interviews in recent months and given fans a sneak peek into how they are entertaining the children at home.
Kate is clearly in her element as a mother and her dedication to early years education has fuelled speculation the Duke and Duchess could announce baby number four before the year is out.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes have Kate down as the most likely royal to announce a pregnancy in 2020 with odds of 4/6.
Kate Middleton pregnant: Odds cut on Wills and Kate baby news – will wee see Royal Baby 4? (Image: GETTY)
Kate Middleton pregnant: Odds have been slashed on Kate and William announcing baby number 4 (Image: GETTY)
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: “Kate’s seemingly keen to add to her family and the odds suggest at least one royal baby announcement could be on the cards this year.”
Ahead of Easter Kate opened up on how she keeping the kids entertained during lockdown in an interview with BBC Breakfast.
The mum-of-three said: “It’s been ups and downs, like a lot of families self-isolating.
“George is much older than Louis is and things but they are aware, I’m always surprised.
“And although you don’t want to scare them and make it too overwhelming. I think it is appropriate to acknowledge it in the simple ways and age-appropriate ways.”
Kate Middleton pregnant: Princess Charlotte, five, Prince Louis, two, Prince George, six (Image: PA)
She revealed she had been keeping the children to a tight schedule and hadn’t let George and Charlotte know it was the Easter holidays.
She said: “Don’t tell the children, we’ve actually kept it going through the holidays. I feel very mean! (laughs).
“The children have got such stamina I don’t know how.
“Honestly, you get to the end of the day and you write down the list of all the things that you’ve done in that day.
“So you pitch a tent take the tent down again, cook, bake. You get to the end of the day – they have had a lovely time – but it is amazing how much you can cram into one day that’s for sure.
Earlier this month Kate jumped on a video call with a new mum who had recently given birth at Kingston Hospital.
The video call with midwives and maternity ward staff was to help raise awareness around maternal mental health during lockdown.
Speaking to new mum Rebecca, who have given birth the previous evening Kate said: “Firstly, huge congratulations.”
She then went on to describe her before her newborn son Max as “so sweet.”
Kate Middleton pregnant: Kate and William could announce baby news by the end of the year (Image: GETTY)
A Kensington Palace statement about the call said: “Over the last fortnight The Duchess has heard from frontline staff about an increase in maternal anxiety and isolation as a result of the pandemic, with midwives, doctors, health visitors and clinicians urging mothers and families to speak up and ask for help when they need it.”
Kate and William have been spending lockdown with their children at their country home, Anmer Hall.
However, the Cambridge family may return to London ahead of next month if Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s school reopens for Year 1 and Year 6 pupils on June 1.
As Princess Charlotte is in Year 1 she is in the bracket of school pupils who may have to return to school, unlike Prince George who is in Year 2.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK