Kate pregnant? British MP attacked for 'rubbish' claim
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrive at the opening ceremony. Among the dignataries are United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, IOC President Jacques Rogge, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, British Prime Minister David Cameron, his wife Samantha Cameron. Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry are behind Cameron. (Reuters)
It's one thing to guess about whether the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant. It's quite another to do it it front of 250 people as a representative of the government.
British Tory MP Claire Perry (right photo) is taking much flak today over comments she made during a debate at Marlborough College -- Kate's former school in Wiltshire.
The question, according to fellow debater and Labour MP Chris Bryant, was whether the Olympics would be good for the economy. Somehow, Perry turned the answer in the Duchess's direction: “I think Kate Middleton is pregnant -- and that would be good for the economy.”
She may be right, but no one will ever be giving her credit. Royal historian Hugo Vickers told the Telegraph that Perry was way out of line in making the statement. "It’s quite clearly none of her business to make remarks of that kind, and presumably it is not very helpful either," he said.
"She seems to be a bit of a loose cannon, and this is probably more loose cannon fire from Mrs. Perry."
Another royal observer, Ingrid Seward, said it's very unlikely Perry would have any inside knowledge and speculation is "unhelpful."
"It's absolute guesswork and it's utter rubbish," she told the Daily Mail. "The remarks are slightly out of turn and rather crass. If she is pregnant no one is going to know about it. She won't want to take the glory away from the Queen's Jubilee year."
Perry, one of the rookie MPs in David Cameron's government, is gaining a reputation for unfortunate comments. She made headlines last year when she blasted Speaker John Bercow for not allowing her to join a debate. Retreating to the Commons tea room, she wondered very loudly if she needed to perform a sex act on the speaker to get his attention. Or words to that effect.
Whether it's from Perry or anyone else, speculation about Kate's biological clock is unlikely to disappear. Every time she appears, there is a story somewhere about some perceived 'baby bump,' especially when she holds her hands in front of her waist. This has been going on for months, but her often-slim outfits betray nothing.
It was clearly nowhere to be seen in her most recent pre-Olympic excursions. Nor is it likely that the royals would want a pregnancy to get in the way of a their royal tour in mid- September to several ports in the South Pacific, including the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
On Friday evening, Kate, wearing a Christopher Kate coat dress, was part of a royal team -- including the Queen -- which hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for heads of state and government leaders in town for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, poses for a picture with the President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia, left, and Erdene Elbegdorj during a reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday to welcome heads of state and government leaders before the opening of the Olympic Games. (Reuters)
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman meet Queen Elizabeth during a reception at Buckingham Palace a reception for heads of state and hovernment attending the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. (Getty Images)