Jill (Duggar) Dillard knows a thing or two about having a baby in the spotlight. Just shy of one month after welcoming her son, Israel David, the “19 Kids and Counting” reality star is shedding some light on how the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is most likely coping with the limelight ahead of the birth of her second child with Britain's Prince William.
“She is probably looking forward to seeing her baby just as much as the rest of the world is,” Jill, 23, told People on Thursday. “She is probably not too excited to have the entire world putting her on a time clock.”
So how does the TLC star suggest the world -- and the royal family's entourage -- treat Kate while anticipating the impending arrival of the second royal baby? Jill said everyone should give Kate, 33, William, 32, some much-needed space. “Everyone should just be patient and supportive,” she advised.
Jill also shared that no one should mention the size of Kate's baby bump or her late due date. (The Duchess previously revealed she was due to deliver in mid-to-late April.)
“People were asking me if I was having twins,” Jill recalled. “They would say, ‘When are you going to have that baby?’ And some told me I was overdue. The lady who is pregnant is the last person who needs to hear that.”
While it's unknown when Kate and William’s baby will make his/her arrival, TLC has confirmed viewers can tune in to watch Israel’s birth episode on “19 Kids and Counting" Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST. The two hour special will also star Jill's husband, Derick Dillard, and some motherly advice from Israel's grandma, Michelle Duggar.
Meanwhile, the great Kate wait continues. Onlookers have been camped outside of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where Kate is expected to deliver, for days. Despite their patience thus far, they may still have a long way to go until the second royal baby arrives. The Mirror reported on Wednesday that parking restrictions outside the hospital had extended until Tuesday, May 5. When the child is born, its gender, weight, and time of birth will be announced by Kensington Palace on Twitter.
This will be the second baby for William and Kate who share 1-year-old HRH Prince George.