It’s been nearly seven months since they walked down the aisle to the delight of millions. But now, Prince William and Kate Middleton have an even bigger reason to celebrate. In Touch has learned that Kate is around six weeks pregnant with their first child — and she and William couldn’t be more relieved. “Since before they even got married, it’s been made clear to William and Kate that having children should be their number-one priority,” a royal source reveals, adding that Queen Elizabeth II, in particular, has been dropping so many hints about wanting a great-grandchild — and an heir to the throne — that Kate feared she wouldn’t be able to face her without baby news.
According to the palace insider (who has correctly revealed other royal secrets, including their honeymoon location and the queen’s wedding gift to Kate), Kate is definitely pregnant — and is preparing accordingly. Not just one royal nursery — but three of them — are in the works: one in Nottingham Cottage, where Kate and William have been staying, another in their home in Wales and yet another at Kensington Palace, which is undergoing a major refurbishment.
And even though Kate is early in the first trimester, they’re said to have already picked names. “They want something traditional,” the source hints. “Edward, Philip and Michael are likely choices for a boy, or Alice or Rose for a girl.” Understandably, Kate and William want to give their little one a name that’s fit for a king — or preferably, a queen. Since rules were updated so that the firstborn child of the prince wouldn’t have to be male to inherit the throne, William, in particular, is said to be secretly hoping for a daughter. “He’s very much his mother’s son, and he also knows that his father, Prince Charles, would like a granddaughter,” the insider explains, adding that Kate agrees. “She’s happiest when William is happy.”