Why Kate Middleton's glass of red knocks baby rumours on the head
Whether or not they are believers in fate, Prince William and his wife Kate must have smiled wryly to themselves when they looked at their diary yesterday morning.
After Prince William triggered pregnancy rumours the previous day, the couple's schedule included a wine-tasting session followed by a white-knuckle ride on a jet boat, meaning the duchess, like it or not, could not avoid the question of whether or not she was expecting.
The answer? A resounding "no" – signalled by her enthusiasm for sampling local wines and by her negative response when the skipper of a jet boat asked if any passengers were pregnant.
Indeed, Kate told wine-makers how much she was enjoying being able to drink again after abstaining for nine months during her pregnancy with Prince George.
The end of the pregnancy speculation, which started when William told a shawl-maker she might have to make "another one" after giving one to Prince George, will be a relief to the Royal household, for whom distractions from a carefully planned tour tend to be an irritation.
The Duchess of Cambridge tastes some wine during a tour of the Amisfield Winery in Queenstown, during the seventh day of the Royal couple’s official tour to New Zealand. Picture: PA
Day seven of the couple's visit to New Zealand took them to Queenstown on the South Island. At the Amisfield winery on the shores of Lake Hayes, the duchess faced her first "pregnancy test" of the day. She sipped a couple of varieties of pinot noir and a dry riesling.
Hannah Armstrong, of Mud House Wines, said: "Kate said she hadn't drunk whilst pregnant with George and although she doesn't drink much, was really enjoying the odd glass. She said William likes his wine. I said, 'And, of course, Harry!' She laughed and agreed."
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband, Britain's Prince William (second row, 2nd L), sit together as they take a jet-boat ride on the Shotover River in Queenstown
After visiting the vineyard, the couple went to Shotover River, home of the Shotover Jet, a boat that takes passengers on a thrilling 50mph canyon-ride passing within inches of rock walls.
The skipper, Wayne Paton, went through the safety drill, which included asking if anyone had heart problems or was pregnant. The duchess did not put up her hand, so it was on with the 25-minute ride.
Kate Middleton and Prince William during a tour of the Amisfield Winery in Queenstown, during the seventh day of their official tour to New Zealand.
Mr Paton said: "There were some screams, but not from them. It didn't seem to faze him at all. He was right into it and so was the duchess."
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