How Kate Middleton hinted at plans for more children months before pregnancy announcement

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On Monday, messages of congratulation flooded in for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after they announced they are expecting their third child together.

After the royal couple became parents to four-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte, speculation was rife over whether they would add a third child to their brood.

And Kate, 35, may have let slip that they were planning another pregnancy when she joked about babies during a trip to Poland back in July.

On the visit to Warsaw, Kate and William attended an event for tech start-up companies where they met the founders of soft toy company Whisbear.

They were given a cuddly bear designed to soothe newborns by replicating the sound of the womb.

When Kate realised the toy was designed for tiny infants she turned to her husband and, laughing, said: “We will just have to have more babies.”

Duke and Duchess: The royal couple have announced they are expecting a third child (Getty Images)

Julia Sielicka-Jastrzebska, who founded the company with her sister, said the Duchess made the light-hearted comment after learning the bears were for children younger than George and Charlotte.

“We gave the Duchess some presents for Prince George and Princess Charlotte,” she said. “She said they should have more babies, and they laughed.”

Family: Kate is already mother to George and Charlotte (Getty Images)

Betting on a third child for William and Kate began to take off in the run-up to Charlotte’s christening, when the princess was only nine weeks old.

But it was not until 14 months later that news of a third pregnancy was announced on the Kensington Palace Twitter page.

In a statement, palace officials revealed the Duchess was too unwell with morning sickness to attend a planned visit to a children’s centre in north London. 

The statement said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.

“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

“As with her previous two pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

“Her royal highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today.

“The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.”

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