An almighty blue-blooded argument is forming among the Royals; Kate Middleton is hoping for a wee lad, while Prince William wants a little girl to protect. Fortunately, the winner of this argument has no cards to play – biology will decide.

The news has come about after Middleton was handing out symbolic shamrocks to members of the Irish Guards. Sergeant Thomas Laven, one of the many receivers of said Shamrock, spoke to the duchess. "I congratulated her on the impending birth and said you've got sleepless nights to come," he told reporters. "She said she was prepared for it," he added. And inside, she spoke with guardsman Lee Wheeler. "I asked her do you know if it's a girl or a boy and she said not yet," Wheeler, 29, said. "She said 'I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl.' I asked her if she had any names and she said no." Another guardsman, Jason Perry, said, "I wished her congratulations and said I hope all is fine and well. She said yes it is,” adding: "I asked is she excited to have her first child and she said very."

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Kate’s pregnancy was marred early on by an incident in hospital. An Australian radio station’s prank call went too far, and inadvertently became embroiled with the suicide of nurse Jacintha Sadanha – the nurse who answered the call and put it through. Since then, though, media attention has died down somewhat, and she’s been able to get on with her pregnancy relatively hassle free.