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Cholesterol and Kate Middleton

Interesting article on Health.com about a new gene discovery:

A gene variation that causes faulty cholesterol regulation also appears to affect production of the pregnancy hormone progesterone and may be a reason why some women can’t get pregnant, researchers say.

I looked up information about the gene online, and walked away still not quite understanding it except that this gene regulates cholesterol in the blood stream.  Mentally bookmarked it to read more about it in the future.


Jezebel has reported that the Kate Middleton is infertile rumours have ALREADY STARTED.  I want to repeat that: ALREADY STARTED.  As in, I don’t even think they’re back from their honeymoon yet, and the stories have already started running in the tabloids.

Do you think this is the part about being royalty that little girls think about when they dream about becoming a princess?  That they’ll wear pink and have a tiara and have their uterus scrutinized in the tabloids?

Just scroll on down to their coverage of “In Touch” magazine.



1 Heather { 05.19.11 at 2:49 pm }

This…makes my head just explode. Some days I hate the Internet.

2 Sharon { 05.19.11 at 2:56 pm }

Ugh. Why must the speculation about newlyweds’ reproduction begin almost immediately? I guess it is a little more understandable for royalty–since one of their primary responsibilities seems to be “carrying on the line”–but we see this in the media all the time.

Well, one small upside. . . . at least unlike past royal brides who couldn’t conceive, Kate isn’t likely to be divorced or beheaded.

3 a { 05.19.11 at 4:03 pm }

Hmmm. Interesting cholesterol tie-in. I wonder what kind of cholesterol issues that causes.

My daughter is not much into princesses, but maybe I’ll show her the article and make sure she knows that being unscrutinized is always better.

4 Elizabeth { 05.19.11 at 4:39 pm }

I’ve been thinking a lot about the crown princess of Japan who had a daughter, and then no further pregnancies and how shredded she was by the pressure to conceive. So sad.

5 Marissa { 05.19.11 at 6:24 pm }

Of course, it’s assumed that *she* is infertile, as opposed to the Prince, who is presumed fertile. Just saying.

6 Kathy { 05.19.11 at 6:42 pm }

Seriously?! There’s a “Royal Gynecologist!” Who knew?!

7 Melissa N. { 05.19.11 at 6:57 pm }

You know, as I was watching the Royal Wedding, for some reason {probably because infertility is always on my brain} the thought of, “Wow, I certainly hope they don’t have any issues having children” popped in to my head. I just can’t imagine the pressure they must be under. Going through something as private and emotional as infertility is bad enough when you’re just a “commoner” but to be under the microscope as a Royal…unfathomable pressure. Wishing them nothing but luck. Is there no end to media scrutiny?

8 Marta Turpin { 05.19.11 at 7:28 pm }

The Queen must be appalled knowing that it is Camilla who has started these rumours. So unbecoming for a “future queen”! She ruined the life of Prince William’s mother, and now brings the knives out to hurt his beloved wife?!

9 HereWeGoAJen { 05.19.11 at 7:46 pm }

How infertile can you be three weeks after you get married? (Because you know they were using four different kinds of birth control before.) While I was watching the wedding, I actually had the very brief thought of hoping they were infertile so that it might get some publicity, but then I felt like a jerk for wishing that on anyone.

10 loribeth { 05.19.11 at 8:41 pm }

Yikes — and some of US think we felt pressured to cough up a grandchild. :p Why can’t they leave them alone? At least until the honeymoon is over (literally).

Even if she does have problems conceiving, she can ask her aunt-in-law Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, for an RE referral. ; ) Sophie & Edward’s two children were conceived via IV, or so I hear. The oldest, Lady Louise Windsor, who was a bridesmaid at the wedding, was born prematurely, & Sophie had an ectopic pregnancy prior to that.

11 May { 05.20.11 at 4:27 am }

Nothing astonishes me more than seeing Americans, who went to war to have nothing to do with Britain’s royal family and government after all, getting all flustered by (incidentally, utterly false and frankly libellous, esp. bit about Camilla starting the rumours) gossip about the British Royal Family. Dudes, it’s not your problem.

Also, remember, if it’s in a gossip rag, it’s a lie. If it were news, it’d be in a respectable newspaper. If it were true, the gossip rag wouldn’t say things like ‘it has been said’ or ‘some have speculated’. I am speculating that Sarah Palin will turn out to be the long-lost descendant of Princess Anastasia of Russia. Does that make it true? Does that make it repeatable? The sit-com writer Graham Linehan managed to start a rumour on twitter that Osama Bin Laden had been watching his show ‘The IT Crowd’ when he was killed simply by asking if the rumour was true (here’s the link to his explanation: http://glinner.posterous.com/me-and-osama ). He did it to show how pathetically easy it was for a rumour to trend, and be taken as truth. Even when it was 24-carat nonsense.

My point being, if a gossip rag says ‘it has been said’ or similar, and then says something spiteful or libellous or prurient, you can KNOW it’s not true. They’re trying to start a trend and guarantee themselves hits. The more we repeat it, the more we play their game, and the more we risk hurting real, actual, live people (royals or not).

And how would any of you like it if everywhere you went people were gossiping and asking you whether it was true your MIL hated you or were broadcasting hurtfully inaccurate rumours about the state of YOUR uterus and fallopian tubes? Stuff you’d NEVER agreed to share outside your family circle?

It is good and highly admirable for a celebrity to share details about their infertility and/or miscarriage, we can all agree on that. But THEY should be the ones to share it. We can all agree it’s wrong to ‘out’ them without their consent, and even more wrong to spread nasty, unkind gossip about their relationships with their family.

12 Bea { 05.20.11 at 8:04 am }

Wow. Well. They have been trying for… two… wait… have they been trying?


13 Kristin { 05.20.11 at 4:19 pm }

It kills me that people are already starting those rumors when they haven’t even been married that long. Hope they don’t have any problems.

Interesting about the cholesterol/pregnancy tie.

14 coffeegrl { 05.20.11 at 10:07 pm }

I’m with Elizabeth. This whole thing reminds me of the Japanese Princess and how horribly stressful it has been on her (being the princess and having to produce a male heir). Really. I can’t even imagine.

15 Battynurse { 05.21.11 at 1:31 am }

That’s crazy about the whole tabloid thing. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live my entire life in the spotlight like that.

16 Shana { 05.22.11 at 12:59 am }

Jesus! That poor girl may have no idea what she’s gotten herself into. I loved Diana and I just hope they don’t do the same thing to Kate.

17 katie { 05.26.11 at 11:27 am }

I have to say… if you don’t want to live your life in SOME kind of spotlight, don’t marry the heir to the throne.
I must confess though I did rather naughtily speculate on what would happen if it were Wills who had problems:


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