Prince William has committed to play in a charity polo match on Sunday, casting doubts about Kate Middleton's due date. It had been widely reported that the pregnant Duchess was due to give birth on 13 July, but William's polo plans suggests this may not be the case.
Prince William, a keen polo player, is expected to travel 100 miles away to Gloucestershire to take part in the Jerudong Trophy match, according to reports by MailOnline. It is unlikely, however, he would make such a trip if his wife was due to give birth.
The father-to-be will not be accompanied by his heavily-pregnant wife as Kate understandably wants to stay in her comfort zone in London.
The Duchess of Cambridge will want to remain within easy reach of the private Lindo Wing in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where she is scheduled to give birth.
She has kept a low-profile since her last royal engagement at the Trooping of the Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, where she celebrated the Queen's official birthday.
Prince William was said to be torn between attending the match or not, which raises thousands of pounds for charities the young royal supports, but in the end he decided to play, according to an insider source.
If Kate suddenly goes into labour, Prince William will make a dashing return to London via police escort, which would mean he could reach the capital in just over an hour as opposed to the usual two-hour journey.
The polo match will raise money for two charities the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge support, Centrepoint and Child Bereavement UK. Prince Harry is also expected to play, raising funds for his own chosen charity, WellChild.
The royal brothers are both experienced polo players, and recently took part in a charity match at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire in June, where Princes William and Harry played on opposing teams.
They entered into the competitive spirit, with Harry knocking into his big brother as they fought for the ball, and were later seen relaxing and chatting with friends after the match.
*Originally published on hellomagazine.com