After the 2012 topless scandal in France, a scandal that had dominated worldwide media and had usurped coverage of the ducal couple’s trip to the Far East (on behalf of the Queen to celebrate the milestone of the Diamond Jubilee); after the tour the ducal couple returned to England, Kate to her family, and William (presumably) to the palace to explain himself. He had then (so it is believed) to have traveled with friends on a hunting trip when the news of Kate’s hospitalization broke. After a few days he hurried to the bedside of his wife, where he presumably received the joyous news of his wife’s pregnancy. After her family visited, Kate was soon released and returned home to the palace.
The circumstances surrounding the pregnancy are odd and certain behavior by the Duchess suggest that something was hidden behind closed doors by the ducal couple. The pregnancy was announced just after the news burst that the Duchess had been rushed to the hospital for an emergency set of medical treatment. It wasn’t until a few days later that Duchess Kate had been expecting for the past couple of weeks and was suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarium (commonly known as “HG” the term I will use for the article), a medical condition a small percentage of pregnant women suffer from. The illness causes excessive vomiting, watery bowels, triggering dehydration that does often result in hospitalization and emergency treatment to avoid death. Pregnant women who are afflicted are encouraged to get bed rest and often vomiting can become almost hourly.
Despite the serious nature of the illness and the known fact that it takes a serious toll on the weight and appetite of the sufferer, Kate had performed a duty at an awards ceremony for athletes who had performed in the Olympics and straightaway after traveled to the island of Mustique for a vacation in the tropical paradise. This put doubt into the minds of people who had previously been sympathetic to her presumed condition. Sufferers of HG stated flatly that when they had suffered from the syndrome, they had been bedridden for weeks, if not full months and had had to stay near the bathroom to throw up and frequently had to (in one extreme case) avoid sunlight to avoid triggering a bout of vomiting. Others mentioned how they were unable to go out and about and Kate’s oddly carefree, almost cavalier recovery was the first odd sign that the Duchess was oddly robust enough for a vacation, but unable to handle a public appearance. She stayed for a total of two weeks.
During the vacation someone managed to snap a photo of the Duchess while walking on the beach with William and people already began to comment about how her ‘bump’ was nothing more than a slight curve, like the bloat that most get when they are full from eating, nothing like that of a pregnant woman with only six months to go. The published photo triggered threats of lawsuits and other forms of legal retaliation, but the seed of doubt that had been planted (from the Duchess’ seeming quick recovery from HG) began to sprout. She provoked severer criticism for taking a vacation, during a time when the palace had announced that the Duchess would be lowering the number of appearances for the sake of her health and to nurture her pregnancy.
As time went by and the number of appearances dwindled, the Duchess became a focus for the paparazzi who photographed her shopping, dining, strolling about the city as her pregnancy progressed. Despite the growth of her belly, the Duchess did not alter her habit of wearing wedges and stiletto heels (two favorite forms of footwear for the Duchess) and the rest of her body did not fill out as the months passed. She spent much of her time also enjoying unusually balanced posture and wore her favorite skinny jeans, something many pregnant women set aside for their pregnancy and opt for pants with a stretched waistband and there were rumors of the inconsistency in the size of her belly. People whispered that the Duchess was watching her weight and dieting, even though pregnant women are encouraged to gain weight to properly feed the developing child and she continued to wear decidedly non-maternity tailored clothing.
The months progressed and the Duchess slowly but surely eliminated her appearances and it’s now known that much of her time was spent with her family at the new manor house in Berkshire. In mid-July the speculation in Britain reached fever pitch as the due date approached, but it soon passed and fresh calculations were made. The timeline provided by the palace was how the due date was measured and agreed upon, but as two weeks passed, nothing happened. The press and public waited around patiently while the Duchess waited for her labor to begin, while in Berkshire with a helicopter on standby. After a few more days, as the press began to express impatience and borderline disgust, the Duchess was rushed via a back entrance to the hospital and her labor began.
After over ten hours, the Duchess was believed to have given birth to a baby boy, who was named Prince George and the nation rejoiced with magazine covers and jubilation. The way the birth was done, according to royal protocol that ensures that the heir is born ‘of the body’ of the legitimate wife, requires that the Home Secretary be present during the birth as an official witness on behalf of the royal family. That the birth was explained as simply overdue and that the Duchess was rushed to the hospital within days of the Home Secretary’s absence (the Home Secretary travels with the Court) is convenient if the couple wanted to bypass the presence of the secretary; the couple is legend for violating protocol, but this particular procedure is done to prevent any challenge to the legitimacy of the heir, for example, questionable parentage.
Suddenly, the couple hurried back to Berkshire with their newborn son and suddenly an inside drama was played out. Despite the usual protocol of the Queen being the first to visit after the birth, the couple retreated to Middleton Manor for the Duchess to recuperate and because the Queen was at Balmoral at the time of the birth, the Queen was unable to meet her great-grandson for several weeks. No members of the royal family called upon the Middleton family to offer congratulations and see the infant, a first sign that all was not well between the palace and the Cambridge couple. Despite the possible expectations of the Middletons and ducal couple, the Sovereign did not interrupt her holiday to arrive back at Buckingham Palace or travel to Berkshire to see the newest addition to her family. It was touted as Kate wanting to be around her family, to spend time with her son so her family could be the first, but the palace didn’t react and it was a chillingly indifferent response to the birth of a royal prince. It was as if little George wasn’t important to the royal family and that in and of itself was a sign that something was terribly wrong about the circumstances of the birth.
The first candid photo of the Duchess was snapped exiting a grocery store with her cart filled to the brim with frozen food and alcohol, she looked drastically different from the slightly full-bellied new mother who had just had a child. She looked rail thin, wearing her trademark tight skinny jeans and a blouse with a sweater. If the Duchess was feeding her son breast milk, to add alcohol to her diet would in fact be introducing alcohol into her newly born child, which would a horrific act for a new mother. William moved quickly to establish the boundaries he expected the press to abide by. He threatened the media with the full force of the law and instead of an interview talking about his happiness as a new father with Kate by his side; there was complete silence. Over the next couple of weeks Prince William made cryptic comments about his son, but there was nothing definitive described about George. There were no talks about the child’s physical features or anything of substance, just occasional asides mentioned during appearances. During that time, the couple had a set of photos done, surprising in their informality taken by Michael and Michael was granted the rights to the photos, ensuring the complete ownership of the royalties that the photo would generate would benefit the Middleton family.
Physiologically the Duchess has shown little effects of a strenuous labor, culminating in the birth of a nine-pound child. The Duchess’ boyish figure has been a trademark of her persona and fashion status, but even the most open minded supporter would be hard pressed to think that a woman who has given a full natural birth to a nine pound child could so quickly begin wearing form fitting skinny jeans and not cause possible health problems, in addition to the fact that it takes a long time for women to recuperate from the pain of having given birth. To lose weight quickly and go back to her natural weight in a short period of time is considered completely impossible. Strained muscles, sagging skin, and stretch marks would be evident and at her recent engagement she was snapped as her shirt flew up as she participated in a small sports event and has ended up showing that she has not been affected physically by her pregnancy, if at all.
Previously not even considered, the Duke and Duchess are coming under a cloud of suspicion by various Internet writers about the possibility that they used a surrogate to carry and bear Prince George. Various Internet theorists are writing about the possibility that Duchess Kate did not conceive and carry her own son. Even commentary in the comments section of the Daily Mail has a comment on occasion mocking the idea that Duchess Kate was even pregnant. When the engagement was announced, there was an interview with the couple that was then beaming about the impending nuptials and talking about the circumstances of the proposal and their future plans. Interestingly, there was no interview after the announcement of the pregnancy and there has not been any formal interview so the nation could be told of the newborn heir, the third in line. This is also a different way of things being done and the ducal couple has raised new suspicions.