The Daily Mail's royal correspondent today suggested on Twitter that the Royal family had been moved to quash suggestions the Duchess of Cambridge might be expecting twins in response to "ill-informed speculation":
Whoever could she mean? Well, there was the Telegraph's ludicrous front page lead last year:
For example, this from the Daily Mail on 3 December:
illness could mean she is expecting twins
The acute morning sickness suffered by the Duchess of Cambridge causes nausea for up to five months of pregnancy or even until the birth - and it increases the chance of having twins.
Or how about this, from the Daily Mail on 6 December:
Cambridge more likely to be having twins because of her age and her acute
Some experts are predicting that Kate and William will end up with twins – and if they do, there could be more than just the usual parenting headaches ahead for the royal couple.
And then the Daily Mail told us on 10 December:
Former school friend Jessica Hay …said: "Catherine would love twins and a lot of people in their circle in London say it could indeed be the case that she is expecting twins. If it were a boy and a girl, it would be a dream come true for them both."
And then there was the time the Daily Mail showed us what a Kate Middleton look-a-like would look like holding two babies, accompanied with the caption "How Kate's 'twins' might look...":
You get the idea.
But it isn't going to be twins. So all of that was just ill-informed speculation.