Royal baby rumours scotched

ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
The duchess is presented with flowers by 5-year-old Maggie Langford.
The duchess is presented with flowers by 5-year-old Maggie Langford.
HOLD ON: The royal couple get ready for a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown this afternoon.
HOLD ON: The royal couple get ready for a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown this afternoon.
HOLD ON: The royal couple enjoy a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown this afternoon.
HOLD ON: The royal couple enjoy a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown this afternoon.
HOLD ON: The royal couple enjoy a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown this afternoon.
HOLD ON: The royal couple enjoy a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown this afternoon.
Getting whipped.
Getting whipped.
Is that a look of "thank god that's over" we see you on your faces?
Is that a look of "thank god that's over" we see you on your faces?
WHAT WOULD THE QUEEN SAY? Wills and Kate holding on for their lives as the Shotover Jet does its thing.
WHAT WOULD THE QUEEN SAY? Wills and Kate holding on for their lives as the Shotover Jet does its thing.
All strapped in and ready to hit the river.
All strapped in and ready to hit the river.
...and they're off!
...and they're off!
Learning about the local wines at Amisfield winery.
Learning about the local wines at Amisfield winery.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? "#Kate had a sip at winery but has to said she put it down pretty quick. Reportedly not a big drinker though anyway," ITV reporter Georgina Brewer tweeted.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? "#Kate had a sip at winery but has to said she put it down pretty quick. Reportedly not a big drinker though anyway," ITV reporter Georgina Brewer tweeted.
The couple finally hit upon some sunshine, possibly the first they have seen in New Zealand.
The couple finally hit upon some sunshine, possibly the first they have seen in New Zealand.
Kate and William at the Amisfield Winery for a tour and a tasting.
Kate and William at the Amisfield Winery for a tour and a tasting.
The Air Force plane comes in for landing as motorists pull over for a peek at the royals.
The Air Force plane comes in for landing as motorists pull over for a peek at the royals.
SCORE! William celebrates his win but Kate really doesn't look convinced.
SCORE! William celebrates his win but Kate really doesn't look convinced.
This rugby is very serious business.
This rugby is very serious business.
Victory for the Prince's team!
Victory for the Prince's team!
William kicks off the action.
William kicks off the action.
Kate meets Brayden Marr from Cure Kids, while All Black Sevens Captain DJ Forbes stands guard.
Kate meets Brayden Marr from Cure Kids, while All Black Sevens Captain DJ Forbes stands guard.
Handing out the trophies to the ripper rugby players.
Handing out the trophies to the ripper rugby players.
Getting ready for kick off - Wills looks a little apprehensive....still hurting over losing the sailing in Auckland perhaps m'lord?
Getting ready for kick off - Wills looks a little apprehensive....still hurting over losing the sailing in Auckland perhaps m'lord?
Getting a little sneaky advice from Richie McCaw.
Getting a little sneaky advice from Richie McCaw.
Kate meeting her coaching team before kick-off.
Kate meeting her coaching team before kick-off.
Kate mingles with the waiting crowds.
Kate mingles with the waiting crowds.
The Duke of Cambridge chats to the crowd after leaving a service at St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin.
The Duke of Cambridge chats to the crowd after leaving a service at St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin.
The duchess was wearing a New Zealand designer for the first time on the tour, with this dress from Emilia Wickstead.
The duchess was wearing a New Zealand designer for the first time on the tour, with this dress from Emilia Wickstead.
Leaving St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, after a church service.
Leaving St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, after a church service.
Hundreds of people had gathered at the Octagon to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
Hundreds of people had gathered at the Octagon to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
William and Kate are greeted at the church.
William and Kate are greeted at the church.
Hundreds of people had gathered at the Octagon to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
Hundreds of people had gathered at the Octagon to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
HAERE MAI: The Duchess of Cambridge is welcomed to Dunedin with a hongi from Mataawhio Matahaere Vieint, 5.
HAERE MAI: The Duchess of Cambridge is welcomed to Dunedin with a hongi from Mataawhio Matahaere Vieint, 5.
Heading into the church for the service.
Heading into the church for the service.
The couple arrive at the Anglican Cathedral St Paul's in the Octagon.
The couple arrive at the Anglican Cathedral St Paul's in the Octagon.
And with a wave, day 7 of the tour kicks off.
And with a wave, day 7 of the tour kicks off.
The couple were greeted with a powhiri.
The couple were greeted with a powhiri.

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.

CHUCKLES: Is that an awkward "you've busted us" laugh, or a "baby? No way!" laugh?
CHUCKLES: Is that an awkward "you've busted us" laugh, or a "baby? No way!" laugh?

"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".

PLEASED TO MEET YOU: Cynthia Read meeting Wills and Kate in Cambridge on Saturday.
PLEASED TO MEET YOU: Cynthia Read meeting Wills and Kate in Cambridge on Saturday.

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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