The Duchess of Cambridge has insisted she does not know the sex of her second child but can feel the baby kicking while she is on official royal duties.
“It’s moving all the time. I can feel it kicking now,” she told Martina McDonagh, 17, while holding her tummy to show the disabled teenager.
Wheelchair-bound Martina met the duchess, 33, when she officially opened Kensington Leisure Centre in west London. “I told her I hoped it was a girl but she said she doesn’t know yet,” Martina said afterwards. “She said it was moving around a lot.”
The duchess was at her third engagement of the day, having earlier attended a coffee morning where a toddler refused to give her a bouquet of flowers and a school where a baby burst into tears as she said hello.
Even before it is born, the duchess’s new baby already has free lifetime membership of the £25-million (R442-million) Kensington Leisure Centre, which has three swimming pools, a 120-station gym, an eight-court multi-use hall, and dance studio.
Kensington and Chelsea Council presented the duchess, who lives at Kensington Palace, with life membership for all the family, along with a duck-shaped rubber ring for Prince George and his own kit bag for swimming lessons.
Nick Paget-Brown, leader of the Conservative-run council, offered further special assistance to the borough’s most famous resident family.
“You are always free to contact us if your bins haven’t been emptied,” he said.
– Gordon Rayner, The Telegraph