What's with the Kate Middleton Pregnancy Gossip?

Few believe the gossip magazine report that the future princess-to-be is expecting

Is Kate Middleton already pregnant? That's what Star magazine is claiming in a screaming cover story blaring, "Pregnant Bride!"

The story, citing a "palace tattletale," says the princess-to-be and Prince William, who are set to wed on April 29, will make the announcement after their honeymoon. If the baby is a girl, the mag says, the couple will name her Diana.

"Kate had originally been nervous about having morning sickness on the wedding day, but in the end she decided not to put it off, to just leave it up to fate," the magazine reports.

Not surprisingly, almost no one believes the purported bombshell, with a Buckingham Palace spokesman telling Gossip Cop that Star’s cover story is "absurd" and "certainly not true."

It's not the first time Star reported that Kate is pregnant. In June 2010, the magazine breathlessly reported that she was expecting a baby and the royal family was in a "frantic scramble to keep [the] scandal secret," but a spokesman for Clarence House, the official office of Prince William, told UsMagazine.com that, "This is a load of rubbish."

Further skepticism is raised by Samir Husni, a journalism professor at the University of Mississippi and an expert on magazines, who told iVillage, "Be wary, very wary, of what you read in the 'gossip' magazines," he said. "Proceed with caution and pretend you are watching a soap opera."

One thing that very likely is true is that Kate and her prince will someday have a baby, though the big question is when. Some experts recommend that couples wait two years after their wedding until they welcome children into the family, but Lady Diana got busy right away, giving birth to William just 11 months after marrying Prince Charles.

Will Kate and William follow in his parents' footsteps and produce an heir in under a year? If so, we can say unequivocally that they won't tell Star about it first.

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