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Some media outlets love to play Captain Obvious when it comes to royal family planning, especially if the royals in question are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate Middleton Prince William Princess Charlotte Prince George Trooping Colour 2016
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Ever since Catherine said "I Do" at the royal wedding, everyone and their mother has been on baby watch.  Weekly tabloids predicted a pregnancy so often that they were bound to get it right at some point.

Now, Us Weekly has spoken to a "family friend" close to the couple who is convinced that they’re going to get to work on making baby number three sooner rather than later.

William and Catherine "want a third baby soon,” said friend revealed.

“It would not surprise me if they were pregnant by Christmas.”

Princess Charlotte Climbs On a Chair

The Cambridges – along with their kids, Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 1  – will embark on a royal tour of Canada later this month.  

This will be Charlotte’s first official trip.

One thing to keep in mind when reading about royal pregnancies is that they are not true unless confirmed by Kensington Palace.  

OK!, Life & Style and Star Magazine can put as many gold stickers claiming "Palace Makes It Official!" on their covers, but until royal aides say "it’s true," it’s simply not.

It’s also widely known that William and Catherine have always wanted at least three children, though they have never themselves come out and said that is their magic number.

One thing that can be confirmed is that the Cambridges are visiting the Queen and Prince Philip up at the family’s Scottish summer home, Balmoral Castle, as reported by People Magazine’s Simon Perry.

Prince George Reaches For Kate Middleton
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The castle was originally purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1852, and has been in the Windsor family ever since.

When they’re not traveling or in London for engagements, William and Catherine live at their 10-bedroom Anmer Hall home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

The home offers the family privacy and quiet, and allows them to live as normally as possible.  Catherine has joked during royal engagements that George is "very messy" when it comes to eating, and he’s a huge fan of anything with an engine.

So while it may very well be true that William and Catherine are planning to expand their family, it’s anyone’s guess when that will be (if you want my opinion, it’ll be some time in October after they’ve returned from Canada).