Duchess of Cornwall: Baby due this week?

Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince Charles' wife, says they hope to see the baby before the week ends

ROYAL BABY GRANNIES. Queen Elizabeth II (left) and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles will be great-grandmother and step-grandmother to Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby. Photo from the Queen Elizabeth II Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – When Kate Middleton said in April that “babies have their own agenda,” she wasn’t kidding. 

July 11 and 13, two speculated due dates for the royal baby, have come and gone with no sign of the tot. As a result, anticipation is higher than ever with many despairing if the baby will ever be born.

Though Buckingham Palace has so far only disclosed that the baby is due in mid-July, one member of the royal family gave a more definite timeframe.

According to Daily Mail UK, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles, said she and her husband hope the baby will arrive by the end of the week.

“We are all just waiting by the telephone. We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here,” she said during an impromptu speech at a hospital village in Cornwall on July 15 (July 16 Manila time).

The statement was later confirmed by the Palace. This is the strongest hint from the royal family of the baby’s arrival.

Not until late July?

But there are also speculations that the baby won’t be born until the end of July. According Express UK, Carole Middleton, Kate’s mother, was quoted saying the baby will be a Leo, which means that he or she will be born after July 23.

USA Today says many are looking at July 27 as the due date, calculated based on the assumption that Kate was 6 weeks pregnant when she had severe morning sickness in December 2012.

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It seems that both Prince William and Kate didn’t expect their baby to arrive last weekend, July 13 to 14. The Duke busied himself with a charity polo match in Gloucestershire, a two-hour drive from London where Kate is expected to deliver.

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Kate also left London that weekend to retreat to her parents’ sprawling estate in Bucklebury. 

Anonymous palace sources told UPI.com reporters that the Duchess did this to escape the London heat. It reached 89.4 degrees on July 13, the hottest of the year.

Unlike William and Kate’s home (Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace grounds), the Middletons’ mansion has airconditioning, a patio and a pool.

A helicopter is reportedly ready to bring Kate to St Mary’s Hospital in London where she is expected to give birth. – With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com

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