Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are not expecting twins, despite a new tabloid cover story. Gossip Cop can bust the seemingly fabricated report. Not only has the claim about Markle carry two babies already been debunked, but this allegation is coming from the same magazine that wrongly insisted Kate Middleton was having twins.
We’re talking about Life & Style, which repeatedly insisted last year and all the way up to Middleton giving birth to Prince Louis in April that she was carrying two babies. Gossip Cop busted the outlet again and again, and it became clear our reporting was correct when Middleton and Prince William welcomed a son, not twin girls, as had been falsely alleged. Readers should keep our credibility in mind, and the publication’s lack of it, as we examine these new claims about Markle and Prince Harry expecting twins.
According to the article, the couple “started trying for a family way before” the royal wedding last month. It’s specifically alleged that “some friends believe she walked down the aisle pregnant, and now they’re buzzing the royal couple will soon become a family of four.” A so-called “insider” is quoted as saying, “Those close to Meghan are convinced she’s expecting twins.” Note that the tabloid doesn’t actually have any confirmation or first-hand knowledge. Instead it is relying solely on what “friends believe” and are “convinced” of. It’s also telling that the front of the issue announces, “It’s a boy — and a girl,” while in the actual story, the questionable “insider” merely asserts, “They’d love a boy and a girl.”
In a similar bait-and-switch tactic, it’s declared on the cover that Markle “found out” about the pregnancy “2 days before the wedding.” But in the article, the supposed source only theorizes in regards to the bride’s gown, “Since the dress was loose around her belly, people were speculating that she found out she was pregnant a couple of days before the wedding and was hiding a bump.” No legitimate media outlet, however, jumped to the same conclusion, or suggested Markle had a “bump” when she and Prince Harry stepped out just days later to celebrate Prince Charles’ birthday. The magazine also contends, without proof, that Markle avoided alcohol at her nuptials, and that a honeymoon to Africa has been “canceled” due to the health risks pregnant women face in the region.
The publication then tries to substantiate its “twins” premise by pointing out that, if IVF was involved in conception, there is a higher risk of multiples, and that even without fertility treatments, there is a higher risk for twins when the woman is over the age of 35. But neither of those commonly known facts about pregnancy are actually proof that Markle is expecting, let alone carrying two babies. And in yet another instance of tabloid trickery, after quoting Prince Harry on the cover as saying, “We’re naming the girl Diana,” the “insider” cited in the article instead alleges, “Harry’s also told pals they may name a daughter Diana as a tribute to his late mother.” That’s the third instance of the claims on the issue’s cover notably not matching what it’s in the actual story.
It’s also significant that the magazine declares “the twins will have plenty of playmates,” and notes that Prince George and Princess Charlotte have “embraced little brother Louis.” Nowhere does the outlet acknowledge that it previously claimed the royal heirs were expecting identical twin sisters. And while the publication is now trotting out its tired, old twins storyline for another couple, it is also copying the National Enquirer, which was the first to allege (albeit wrongly) last week that Markle is pregnant with twins.
Furthermore, as opposed to already expecting a baby or babies, Us Weekly has reported that while Markle and Prince Harry want kids right away, they “won’t rush into anything” and “have a lot on their plate right now.” It’s even said they haven’t started “trying” yet to conceive. Additionally, when Gossip Cop checked in with Kensington Palace, the royal staffer with whom we spoke actually laughed aloud over Life & Style going from alleging Middleton was pregnant with twins to now Markle in just a few months’ time.
To recap, this tabloid has a history of falsely claiming twins are on the way for the royal family. There are discrepancies between the claims on the cover and those in the article. And the story contains no proof whatsoever to substantiate its contentions. On the other hand, a more reputable publication has reported Markle and Prince Harry haven’t even “tried” to have a baby yet, and Kensington Palace laughed off this pregnancy story when contacted by Gossip Cop. From all this, it’s abundantly clear the report shouldn’t be trusted. UPDATE: Gossip Cop was right about Markle not being pregnant with twins. In mid-October, it was announced she was expecting a baby (not babies) in the spring of 2019.