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Posted at 7:55 AM ET, 11/ 8/2010

Rumor Mill: Engagement hype ramps back up for Prince William and Kate Middleton

By Liz Kelly

Prince William and girlfriend Kate Middleton at the wedding of their friends Harry Mead and Rosie Bradford in October. (AP)

Are Prince William and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton inching closer to an engagement?

That's the word from both Radar Online and the U.K.'s Daily Mail -- in other words, not the best of sources. But, still, it's a slowish Monday morning so we'll play with this for a bit. What exactly has these two bastions of public information so convinced that a royal engagement is imminent?

The clues:

Radar Online claims that "recent developments" mean the couple will announce their intention to marry... sometime between now and February. "Recent developments" would apparently include the Daily Mail's report and the fact that "London betting parlors are getting in on the action." Whatever that means.

Kate and Wills recently attended a wedding together which is, of course, enough to get any royal watcher talking. But, the plot thickens -- Kate reportedly wore a dress custom-designed by designer Daniella Issa Helayel who -- DING DING DING -- also designs wedding dresses.

The Daily Mail also points out that Kate is having ensembles custom-designed to "to avoid the humiliation of turning up in the same dress as another guest." And we know that the only people on earth who take the trouble to avoid turning up in duplicate outfits are British royals and Bjork.

Kate's family recently spent time hunting at William's family estate in Scotland. Apparently bloodsport is a clear sign that Kate's parents and the royals were negotiating terms of a marriage.

Sources: Radar Online, The Daily Mail

By Liz Kelly  | November 8, 2010; 7:55 AM ET
Categories:  Royals, Rumor Mill  
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What does HRE Elizabeth II's new facebook page have to say about it? I've yet to visit, but it will certainly become my prime source for all news royal.

Posted by: kbockl | November 8, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Liz, are those pleats on his pants!??

Posted by: tesserky | November 8, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Why don't they just get married already?

Isn't it important for them to have an heir to the throne? Isn't that really the entire point of why everyone in England is so excited that he get married - to continue the monarchy?

Doesn't anyone understand that fertility drops after age 30? She must be almost 30 by now. Look at what happened to the Japanese princess - she was in mid-30s when finally married, they had an adorable baby girl and no other children - huge outcry, everyone upset - girls can't inherit the throne in Japan - on and on hysteria.

But really - odds are that the longer you wait, the harder it is to conceive. If their entire goal is to produce an heir, why are they waiting? After 8 years, surely they know each other by now?

Posted by: amelia51 | November 8, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

It hasn't required much attention to royals to observe that neither Princess Diana nor the Duchess of York found palace protocol particularly helpful in supporting a marriage. Factor in Her Majesty's reported opinion that the happiest time of her life was the few months she spent as Mrs. Mountbatten, the plentiful supply of heirs to the throne, and the British press, no wonder these two are in no hurry. Don't hold your breath on this one, folks.

Posted by: abbyandmollycats | November 8, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

William had better jump on that proposal soon! He's not aging well (those Hanover genes) and Kate just keeps getting prettier and prettier. Being a royal is not fun; it killed Diana. Kate would do better if she wanted.

Posted by: hlchappell | November 8, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Let's get these two kids married already. The royals could use the goodwill that a jumbo wedding engenders and to overshadow whatever nuttiness Sarah Ferguson is up to these days. Besides, I have the perfect, obnoxious moniker for the media to mercilessly drive into the dirt when referring to the progeny of Wills and Kate: QE 3G.

Posted by: OneSockOn | November 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Kate (and the media) has put enormous pressure on Prince William to marry Kate. He seems rather spineless. He won't make a good king and I don't have a good feeling about this marriage.

Posted by: johnsmith6 | November 12, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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