A US gossip magazine, apparently tired of waiting for Duchess of Cambridge to show a baby bump, has taken matters into their own hands, and simply photoshopped one in a recent photo.
On Star magazine's October 1 cover a smiling Kate Middleton is shown at a Diamond Jubilee appearance on September 11 in Singapore, holding a wine glass and with her other hand on top of her bumped-up belly.
Having already reported various times that the Duchess was pregnant, the magazine also upped the baby-count, announcing that she is expecting twins.
Gossip site Celebuzz suggests that the magazine has retouched the photo, enlarging the slender 30-year-old's midsection.
"When put side by side with the original, untouched image of Middleton, distinct differences materialise," the site claims.
"Not only has is her floral slim-fit frock been mysteriously blown out - photoshopped in magazine parlance - but Prince William's wife is mysteriously missing her right-hand ring on Star's "It's Twins!" cover.
"There's one glaring detail that gives away Star's photo doctoring: as compared to the real snap, a far smaller portion of the Duchess' left forearm is visible on the magazine cover."
Gossip magazines keep reporting the Duchess' alleged pregnancy for months, without her actually growing any bigger.
Two weeks ago the same magazine claimed that the 30-year-old is expecting, thanks to the giveaway evidence on a nude lace dress, worn to a July function at Buckingham palace: The dress's sash had apparently been taken out by one inch.
The X-Factor judge Demi Lovato, who publicly battled with body issues, took aim at the tabloid, tweeting: "So apparently Kate Middleton (William?) is pregnant because of THIS picture... Are you KIDDING ME?!!"
"And people wonder why girls/guys have body image issues...Whether she is or not, she still has a beautiful body. Shame on you Star magazine."
The royal couple have just finished a nine-day tour of the South Pacific including visits to Singapore and the Solomon Islands and are now thought to be on their way home.
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