Royal baby on hold till 2013

Jan 31, 2012, 08:56 IST | Agencies

Prince William and Kate are putting off plans for a baby to concentrate on Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics

Prince William and Kate are putting off plans for a baby to concentrate on Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, have, for the moment, put aside any plans to produce an heir. They will think about it again in 2013.

Despite hopes of a Jubilee baby, sources close to the couple say they are in 'no hurry' to start a family and want to make sure that 2012 is a  success for the sake of the Queen's 60th anniversary celebrations.

"Realistically there is not going to be time for a baby and they have said they are in no hurry. There is no urgent need for an heir -- we already have two," said a source. "William and Kate want to take things in their own good time."

The news comes as Clarence House confirmed that Kate will start solo  official engagements next month, once William leaves for his first tour of duty in the Falkland Islands.

"It will be a good distraction for her and take her mind off worrying about William," added the source. "At the moment, starting a family is definitely on the backburner."

The Duchess of Cambridge - who married William last April - is the Royal patron of The Art School, National Portrait Gallery, Action On Addiction, and East Anglia's Children's Hospices. She has also said she will volunteer with the Scout Association.

"The Duchess will have a handful of engagements while the Duke is away," a spokesman says. "She will visit all her patronages publicly at least once and continue to visit them privately. It will be a busy period. The reason she chose so few charities is that she wants to get to know them intimately."

William and Kate will be apart for six weeks in February and March, then they will gear up for the Jubilee weekend in June.

Wills-Harry fall out of style
The royals did not meet with too much approval this year when it came to fashion. William, who made his debut last year at 27 in GQ magazine's 50 Best-Dressed Men list, was overlooked while his brother Prince Harry is 25th, down from fifth in 2011, with their father, the Prince of Wales, at 50. The magazine said: "Harry has been crowned the prince of style for looking good in uniforms, well-cut suits and the dishevelled tumbling-out-of-a-nightclub jeans."

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