Royal Baby Watch '13 is in full swing, but with Kate Middleton's due date having come and gone, we were starting to wonder if it was even the real due date.
Well, it looks like earlier reports of July 11-13 may have been erroneous.
Kate’s mom, Carole Middleton, has reportedly told friends that the baby will be a Leo, the fifth sign of the astrological zodiac ... which begins next week.
According to NBC, the grandmother-to-be allegedly told friends that the royal baby will be a Leo, meaning Kate would not give birth until at least July 23.
News of a later due date would make sense, given that the palace never officially announced the day the royal heir(ess) is scheduled to be born.
The Clarence House official website confirmed only that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting, while Kate Middleton has said only July.
Adding to the intrigue? Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, casually said yesterday that she is hopeful the royal baby will arrive by the end of this week.
So, yeah. Sorry photographers sitting outside the hospital!
A July 23 due date could also explain why Prince William agreed to participate in a charity polo match 100 miles away from his wife this past weekend.
It also could explain why Kate left her Nottingham Cottage home in favor of the cooler temperatures at her parents’ home in Bucklebury, an hour away.
While she could easily make it back to London regardless if need be, such a move would seem more logical if she really isn't due until July 23.
Furthermore, as we saw with Kim Kardashian, going into early labor is not uncommon, so they may have been intentionally vague about her due date.
Leaking a slightly earlier date would allow Royal Baby Watch to reach a fever pitch, but also allow the palace to prepare the proper security measures.
Whenever he or she is born, we can't wait!