A tabloid cover story announcing Kate Middleton is "named queen" was made up, Gossip Cop can exclusively reveal. We've learned no real royal sources have confirmed that claim or that she's pregnant.
The new cover of Life & Style contends, "As public backlash grows against Charles and Camilla, the queen decides that only William and Kate can save the monarchy. Now Kate's friends reveal she has even more to celebrate: baby No. 3 is on the way." According to the article inside the issue, Queen Elizabeth has made the "shocking decision" that "after her death, she wants her eldest son to abdicate, handing the throne over to William and Kate." But, alleges the tabloid, "Kate isn't just poised to become the next queen of England. Palace insiders also say she's pregnant with baby No. 3!"
The gossip magazine's "source" blames the queen's supposed decision on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, claiming it has "reopened old wounds" and damaged Prince Charles' reputation. "Initially, Charles was opposed to the idea of abdicating, saying he had waited his whole life to become king. But he is coming around to the idea," a so-called "high-level courtier" is quoted as saying, as if a royal companion would ever speak about such matters to an American tabloid.
Notably, the outlet goes on to state, "Those close to Kate say she's in the early stages of pregnancy... [She's] showing all the tell-tale signs that she's expecting." And while some photos, as Gossip Cop previously noted, show Middleton to appear "fuller," Life Style appears to simply be speculating. For instance, in 2016, the tabloid falsely claimed Middleton was pregnant on at least five separate occasions. More recently, just two months ago, a cover story wrongly declared, "The Official Announcement: Kate's Pregnant." And only weeks ago, another fabricated cover similarly announced, "The Official Announcement: William & Kate Named King & Queen." The magazine keeps trying to dupe readers with the same stories over and over again (see gallery below).
But if the outlet really had access to a "high-level courtier" and other royal sources, it wouldn't need to constantly keep repeating these stories. There would be one article about Middleton being pregnant, not multiple ones every year . That said, if the Duchess of Cambridge has news to reveal about a third pregnancy, it will come from the palace and not another speculative story from an American tabloid. UPDATE: On September 4, Kensington Palace announce Middleton is pregnant and expecting her third child with Prince William.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.