Kate Middleton pregnant, the world reacts

3 December 2012

Ask not where I was when I heard that the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant, ask rather where I was when Miss Khloé Kardashian, of the Californian Kardashians, shared her views on the joyous news with the world:

‘Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!! A royal baby!!! :) awwww so sweet’.

Not to be beaten, our very own Cheryl Cole quickly joined in the orgy of cooing:

‘I’m sooooooo excited that we’re having a royal baby !!!!Congratulations to Kate and Wills !!!!!!’

Everywhere there is a celebrity, Piers Morgan is quick to follow:

‘Congratulations to every magazine editor for calling Kate Middleton’s pregnancy – especially those who did covers on it 11 months ago.’

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And not to be outdone, Jeffrey Archer was on the airwaves quicker than he churns out another trashy novel:

‘I for one, hope it’s a girl’.

Mr Steerpike hopes for matters of testing new succession laws.

Where celebrity leads the way, politicians are never far behind. David Cameron’s cherubic grin was soon on televisions, squealing with excitement as he recalled how a note was slipped into a meeting. Of course there is no link between his exultant joy and the fact that this news will nicely distract from the ongoing Leveson debate and Wednesday’s potentially rocky pre-budget report. Ed Miliband had the news broken to him by the BBC’s Norman Smith, leaving it to his spinner Tom Baldwin to crack bad jokes about the Labour leader not being the father. Ed was quickly on Twitter smoothing feathers and I’m sure Nick Clegg said nice things too.

Interestingly the response from the pro-union Better Together campaign did not leave the politics aside, carefully addressing the earl and countess of Strathearn, as William and Catherine go by north of the border. Kate was last seen on St Andrews day in full tartan: ‘The Firm’ are clearly very much on board for the upcoming referendum.

And it wasn’t long before President Obama took some time out from leading the free world to add his two cents ‘on the welcome news this morning’. Only Tom Watson, never one to over egg a pudding, saw his attempt to politicise the happy news spectacularly backfire live on TV. Lumbering up in the House, he was the first to tell the Commons that the royal couple were ‘accepting their first child, expecting their first child’ and that the press should respect the couple’s privacy. The fluffing of the line would have been bad enough, but Watson had not got the measure of the man he interrupted to score his point. Labour’s Jim Dowd MP replied, ‘I’m hardly going to disagree; I’m just taken aback by the sheer irrelevance of the question.’

Watson can take umbrage at the fact that he was not the only one to fluff his lines. The BBC Six O’clock News told millions that the ‘Duchess was admitted’ to hospital ‘with severe vomiting. The queen and prince Phillip are delighted’. Steady now.

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  • rndtechnologies786

    Nice blog.

  • valedictorian16

    So why isn’t the headline ” Wlliam & Kate… Expecting!!!! if you have to be plebeain.
    Read all about it…..

    if you want to shout out…

  • WetherpoonThree

    Wonderful news. Our congratulations to all the connections. And if it is twins as some are already speculating wouldn’t it be wonderful if the second born were made a Scottish prince or princess or perhaps a laird or whatever. On the specific understanding that the Scots get off our backs and all vote for their independence naturally.

    • Ron Todd

      They alread have a lot of Scottish titles Chucky boy is Lord of the isle , earl of Rothesay and so on.

  • therealguyfaux

    What with Margaret Hodge calling tax evasion allegations “scullirous,” it seems that MP’s lately may be getting an earlier-than-expected jump on New Year’s Eve. Watson knew what he wanted to say, but his big mouth got in the way. I cast no Asperger’s, as I may have been equally guilty at times.

  • Airey Belvoir

    O/T Talking of fluffed lines, our local BBC News produced a classic last night, reporting ‘A double tragedy in Norfolk, where a man shot himself, then his wife.’ How does that work?

    • therealguyfaux

      He survived long enough to do her in. Simples. Of course, he could have taken a page from the book of that NFL player, about whom the American press shed all those crocodile tears before launching into a predictable gun-control rant, and got the order of shooting sorted ahead of time.

  • RoadrunnerNick

    Prince Philip with one ‘l’, please, Mr Steerpike.

  • Paul Smith

    Leave it to the tabloids PLEASE.

    • Peter Martin

      That would be the tabloid PRESS, please.

      Thanks to OFCOM, broadcasters like SKY or the BBC could never stoo… oh, too late…

      One might have predicted the entire MSM would lose the plot on a ratings basis anyway, but the BBC vox-poppettes have outdone themselves.

      If, as already being posited, where might the UK media delve if twins are on the cards… “Triplets… one of each!”

  • naomi

    the way everyone is carrying on about it, makes it seems that she be the only person to ever be pregnant and have morning sickness.

    I for one couldnt care less.

    • Mycroft

      And I couldn’t care less that you couldn’t care less. It is a wonder that people can summon up the energy to type out such pointless comments.

      • A

        I couldn’t care less that either of you care less.

        • Wessex Man

          And I couldn’t care less if you couldn’t care less that Mycroft couldn’t care less that naomi couldn’t care less, so there!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • valedictorian16

      “Send in the clowns: don’t bother, they’re here….”

  • anna

    Please stop referring to the Duchess of Cambridge as ‘Kate Middleton’. If you must use a surname, why not use her married name – Catherine Mountbatten-Windsor??

    • Ron Todd

      That’s her royal highness the princess Catherine duchess of Cambridge to us plebs.

      On a very rough estimate 300 000 women get pregnant on a typical day also on a very rough estimate only one of the children conceived on that particular day will become by virtue of birth alone unelected head of state for life of a supposedly modern supposedly democratic country.

      • Mycroft

        Yes, in a modern democratic country, we’d have President Blair -or perhaps Prescott- as our elected head of state. A great improvement that would be.

        • Alan Douglas

          Or even a President MRS Bliar, the ultimate candidate !

          Alan Douglas

        • Ron Todd

          Yes it would if that is who we voted for. The royalist camp always produce a name few would vote for and claim he/she is the only alternative to a hereditary monarch. Prescott could not get elected as police chief on home ground never mind president of us all and does anybody really think that Blair Mr or Mrs would get voted in. And to pre=empt the agument that an elected president could only have 50% support an unelected King (thinking of chucky boy ) could have a lot less than that.

          If it is twins and they have to be delivered by C-section who gets to decide which one comes out first and becomes king and which one after a few generations has decendants that are hardly more royal than the rest of us and might even have to work for a living?

          • Mycroft

            It would almost certainly be some ghastly politician!

            ‘might even have to work for a living’: the Queen is 85 and carried out almost 400 engagements last year! The notion the members of the royal family ‘don’t work’ bears even less examination than the notion that taxpayers pay a fortune to support them! The father of the forthcoming child carried out 90 engagements while also working as an RN pilot.

          • mattwardman

            I love the smell of fizzing republicans in the morning…

      • milliboot

        Lighten up Tom, for petes sake !

      • Thick as two Plancks

        One day the computers may rule over us.

    • Mercutio

      Is it not Mrs William Wales or Kate Wales

      • valedictorian16

        Or Mr and Mrs William and Kate Wales,. are proud to announce: joyously…..

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