Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they were expecting their first child on October 15. The couple revealed the happy news on Twitter, right before they set off on their first major royal tour abroad together. The announcement came after weeks of speculation from royal fans and people are now suspecting the Duchess of Sussex is having not one, but two royal babies in the spring of 2019.
Will Meghan and Prince Harry have two royal babies?
No official statement on whether Meghan is expecting twins have been issued.
However, bookies have recently slashed the odds for Meghan to welcome two royal babies next year.
According to Betfair the Duchess of Sussex is 3/1 to have twins, from 5/1 a couple of weeks ago.
Many fans have commented on the size of Meghan’s bump, with one tweeting: “That Meghan Markle is having twins I swear #giantbump.”
Another wrote: “I’m just gonna say it right now: Meghan Markle is going to have twins, one boy and one girl.”
Bookies Coral have also taken bets on royal twins and make it 5/1 for Meghan to give birth to twins, and 50/1 for triplets.
Meanwhile, Ladbrokes are offering odds at 6/1 for twins at 4/5 on Meghan giving birth in March.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “A March baby looks most likely for Meghan, and we’re not yet ruling out the Duchess of Sussex giving birth to two babies next year.”
A study from researchers at Vrije University Medical Centre in the Netherlands also said older women are more likely to have twins and has caused royal fans to speculate even further as Meghan’s is 37.
In the medical world, a pregnant woman over the age of 35 is classified as a “geriatric pregnancy” because as women get older the number and quality of egg cells that are produced by the ovaries declines.
Professor Roy Homburg of the university’s division of reproductive medicine said the study found women in their 30s are more likely to have twins compared to women in their 20s.
Data came from 507 women aged 24-41 who were undergoing intrauterine insemination due to unexplained infertility or mild male infertility.
One of the key findings showed older women were more likely to prepare more than one egg per menstrual cycle.
Those patterns were strongest in women aged 35 and older and fraternal twins develop when two eggs are fertilised.
This means if older women are more likely to produce two eggs per cycle, they’re also more likely to have fraternal twins, the researchers argued.
However, some have commented that when Kensington Palace announced the pregnancy in October, they wrote “a baby” not “babies”.
The full statement read: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.
“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
Published at Sun, 30 Dec 2018 08:09:00 +0000