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07/15/2013

Royal baby mania: let him/her arrive already

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Please, make it stop: Staff from a betting company list odds of royal baby names (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


I’m sure millions of other mothers would agree that the last few days of pregnancy are extremely stressful: you can’t sleep because you’re too big, your feet are swollen and extra sympathy if the due date falls in July or August. Basically, you're fed up and ready to scream because you want the baby out.

I have zero idea how the Duchess of Cambridge is feeling right now but I'm more than ready for her baby to be born because of the inane, wall to wall coverage of the Royal Birth.

As the world waits for news of the future king or queen of England – I write that, but let’s be honest, how many people in the world really care? – here is a round up of some of the more mind-numbing stories:

Kate will wear clothes

What will Kate wear when she leaves the hospital? asks The Huffington Post. 

“Most likely, the Duchess will sport one of her elegant maternity looks which leaves her with many options including a lace peace empire waist frock, an adorable polka dot dress and a cute baby blue outfit. Comfort, elegance and elastic waistbands will take precedence over designer outfits.”

The baby will be born in hospital

An Entertainment Tonight host posted on Twitter this photograph of herself in front of St Mary’s Hospital in London where Kate is expected to deliver. With nothing more of value to add, a Diana comparison is thrown in.

She tweeted: “The steps Princess Diana stood 31 yrs ago with Prince William. Could be the same spot for her grandchild!”

A random celebrity link

The royal baby will be a 23rd cousin, twice removed to Blue Ivy Carter, celebuspawn of Beyonce and Jay Z, according to the Daily Express.

“The relation comes through a shared French heritage and was discovered after the historians compared the Queen, Diana and Kate Middleton’s ancestors with celebrities in a computer genealogy database,” the paper reports. 

Hamida Ghafour is a foreign affairs reporter at The Star. She has lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia for more than 10 years and is the author of a book on Afghanistan. Follow her on Twitter @HamidaGhafour

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