Royal baby rumours scotched

Last updated 18:47 13/04/2014
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ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
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CHUCKLES: Is that an awkward "you've busted us" laugh, or a "baby? No way!" laugh?

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It's taken one sip of wine to cool down royal baby speculation sparked by one word.

Several British tabloids pounced on reports the Duke of Cambridge told the woman who made New Zealand's official gift of a shawl for the newborn Prince George last July: "You might have to make another one soon."

Cynthia Read met the duke and duchess during their visit to Cambridge on Saturday.

"The way William said it was like he was dropping a hint, letting me in on a secret," Mrs Read reportedly said.

Asked if she thought he meant a brother or sister for eight-month-old George would soon be on the way, she replied: "Maybe. I couldn't possibly comment. Obviously if I'm asked to do another one I would be honoured, but we'll wait and see."

But by Sunday there were reports that Mrs Read had actually said "sometime" not "soon".

Kate's decision later on Sunday to taste wine at Amisfield winery and take the Shotover Jet ride in Queenstown also had many commentators doubting the pregnancy buzz. Neither is recommended for pregnant women.

And then there's the fact that Kate has been the picture of health and vitality during the trip so far.

She was hospitalised early in her pregnancy with George with hyperemesis gravidarum - a form of morning sickness that causes severe vomiting.

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