Timing of Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Has Everybody on Twitter Making the Same Joke
Early Monday, the British royal family shocked the world with the announcement of Duchess Kate Middleton’s third baby. The news was met with much praise and joy, but some social media users were quick to point out the curious timing of the pregnancy.
Prince William and Duchess Kate’s third child will be due approximately in the middle of June 2018. In England, couples have statutory maternity and paternity leave.
But there’s a rather large event scheduled for June 2018, one in which Europeans generally get as excited for as Americans do about the Super Bowl: the Wold Cup. Once people started putting two-and-two together, the Prince William memes really began to flow.
Well played tbf Will #royalbaby pic.twitter.com/wYHPbGNHnU
— Christian Mundell (@ChrisMundell96) September 4, 2017
While we’re not convinced Prince William was really thinking about the World Cup, it sure is a funny coincidence, right?
Congratulations to Prince William who has guaranteed himself 2 weeks paternity leave for the 2018 World Cup #royalbaby pic.twitter.com/caPdlAQapI
— KING ERIC ♿️ (@KickAssCantona) September 5, 2017
? When you get your wife pregnant just in time for the World Cup…#MaternityLeave#RoyalBaby pic.twitter.com/1IIdvPHXuD
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) September 4, 2017
Of course, with the announcement of a third baby, many also joked that another child pushes Prince Harry’s chances to be King down the list even further.
“There goes any chance I had to be king” #royalbaby pic.twitter.com/lPQhOlMFGv
— Jimmy (@jcodfishpie) September 4, 2017
The U.K. passed the new parental leave laws in 2015, allowing parents to share up to 50 weeks (37 of which are paid) of leave following the birth or adoption of a child.
We’re sure once the baby is born, there will be plenty of happy smiles. Until then we’ll enjoy the plethora of witty British jokes that will come with the pregnancy.