The Hunger for a Royal Baby Bump

Today’s article is entitled “Is Kate Pregnant? William and Kate Amp Up the Baby Speculation.”  It was written by Tom Sykes and published by the Daily Beast. I find these stories, which seem to be prolific in the media lately, highly disturbing.

As a 40 year old, I know quite a number of couples who have experienced the harsh reality of not being able to conceive a child. These struggles are very real, and just because Kate is young and healthy, that does not guarantee that she will be able to have children. Not to mention that if the couple does have trouble conceiving, the truth is, it takes two to tango.

In fact, who is to say that the royal couple has not decided to delay having children so they can enjoy each other for some time before taking on the duties of child-rearing? And is there anything wrong with that?

If it turns out that Kate and Prince William would like to have a child, but are unable to conceive, then what? Does that make Kate less worthy of admiration and less of a woman? This is such a personal issue for a couple. I realize that Kate knew what she was taking on when she married Prince William, but this incessant speculation seems to cross a line that should not be crossed.

The pressure on Kate at this point to produce an heir to the throne is relentless. The joy and exuberance surrounding this beautiful young couple’s wedding was enough to sweep anyone up in the excitement. But does the adoration that was overflowing at the wedding dissipate if the couple is unable to produce an heir to the throne?

What do you think? Am I overreacting to this issue? Do you feel that the media has the right to delve into the personal lives of celebrities and royalty? Do you think our society places a burden on women to produce children? And what about women who are unable to reproduce – what happens to the perceived value of that woman? If the couple is unable to conceive, will people automatically blame Kate or do you think that there will be an understanding that it is more complicated than this?

Feel free to add your own thoughts and questions. And thanks for reading!     

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4 responses to “The Hunger for a Royal Baby Bump

  1. I think part of the obsession with Kate is really our Western obsession with all things sexual. If she has a baby-bump – well oh my goodness there has been some Royal Shagging going on! I am surprised they are not speculating on what the Royal favourite bedroom position might be. There are plenty of alternative heirs within the House of Windsor so no great hurry for one more.

    • Ha! You are probably right on! Which makes it even more creepy…it just seems like a lot of pressure for the poor young couple. But I guess that is part of being a celebrity.

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