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Wills and Kate should wait to have babies

Prince William has just announced that he'd like to have two children. But the royal couple should wait until the country's in better shape before encouraging the nation to have babies, says Daisy Buchanan.

By Nic Hopkirk 12/09/2012 14:25

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It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for! According to Prince William, who’s currently on a royal tour in Singapore, we can expect two WillKat babies.

 

The crowds gathered to ask the question that has been on everyone’s lips since the nation dedicated a day to admiring Pippa Middleton’s bum.

 

On the one hand, it seems pretty impertinent to ask the second in line to the throne if and when he plans to sprog up. On the other, we have collectively claimed them as our posh, surrogate niece and nephew or big brother and sister in law, and now the Olympics are finished, we could do with a bit of exciting royal news to tide us over.

Everyone has a soft spot for William, but when it comes to Kate, people go crazy. If she was pictured eating a bowl of tomato soup, Heinz shares would quadruple in about 15 seconds.

 

The problem is that a baby involves a lot more commitment, time and financial outlay than a Reiss dress. And the country is only just coming out of a double dip recession

 

When she wears a Reiss dress, hoards of shoppers stampede to branches all over the country and the item sells out instantly.

 

Her little sister got a book deal for almost half a million pounds - well, £400,000 - because of the Kate connection. So if Kate plans to have two babies, it’s a forgone conclusion that women across the UK will want to have two babies too.


The problem is that a baby involves a lot more commitment, time and financial outlay than a Reiss dress. And the country is only just coming out of a double dip recession.

 

Millions of people have lost their jobs, and millions more are losing unemployment and disability benefit. We’re all steeped in huge amounts of personal debt. Student loans, overdrafts and credit cards add up and make us uncertain about our financial futures.

Many people want to put off having a family until they’ve made it on to the property ladder - but for many people in their twenties and thirties, that seems about as likely as winning the lottery. And if you live in a big city, you’d need a lottery win just to be able to make a deposit on a house.

 

the Kate effect is scarily powerful - powerful enough to make people forget that you can’t put a baby on a credit card

But the Kate effect is scarily powerful - powerful enough to make people forget that you can’t put a baby on a credit card. So perhaps the nation’s favourite couple have a responsibility to wait until the country is in better shape before they start a family.

According to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, our national output is slowly beginning to grow again. Hopefully this means an increase in employment, and if more people are earning and paying taxes, there will be more money available for people who need support. But until the recession is officially over, we can’t afford to support a sudden influx of babies - either individually or as a country.

William and Kate are more secure financially than most of us could ever hope to be. But they still have to accept that they’re setting an example to the rest of the country. Let’s hope they hold off on the royal babies until everyone is ready for them.

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