Grimsby woman at centre of Duchess of Cambridge baby media storm 'fed up' of attention
IS IT going to be a boy or a girl for The Duchess of Cambridge?
After her visit to Grimsby, a media storm of attention has focused on whether Kate let slip the sex of the Royal baby, which is due to be born in July.
Well-wishers thought they heard the Princess reveal she was having a girl – and a boy – as she visited the Fishing Heritage Centre.
Royal fan, Sandra Cook, 67, from The Willows Estate in Grimsby, turned the eyes of the media on Grimsby as she said Kate let slip she was having a baby girl.
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"The lady next to me gave her a teddy bear and I distinctly heard her say 'Thank you, I will take that for my d....'," she told a national newspaper.
"Then she stopped herself. I leant over and said to her: 'You were going to say daughter, weren't you?' She said: "No, we don't know!" I said: 'Oh, I think you do' to which she replied: "We're not telling!"
However, since letting the comment slip, the Grimsby woman has been inundated with queries from the national press – which kept coming into the early hours of the morning.
Sandra told the Grimsby Telegraph: "I wish I had never said anything!
"I am fed up and I have been inundated with press from all over the country.
"I was even woken up at midnight by press trying to get in contact with me and I don't want to say any more on it.
"I have said everything I wanted to say and that's it."
The lady who gave Kate the teddy bear was Diane Burton, 41, pictured below.
Speaking ahead of the Duchess' arrival, she said to the Grimsby Telegraph: "I am not bothered what sex the baby is as long as she has a healthy, happy baby.
"But I do wish she would have a girl, because she could take the middle name of Diana, after Princess Diana.
One admirer, Bobbie Brown, 42, asked Kate whether she had felt the baby kicking yet.
"She said: 'Yes it is, very much so'," she said.
However, former Grimsby Telegraph reporter Katy Forrester, who now works for the Hull Daily Mail and greeted Kate at the Heritage Centre, said: "I swear she said it was a boy.
"I asked her if the baby had been kicking. I swear she replied 'Yes he is, very much so' but no one else heard! Either I misunderstood it, or Kate is trying to confuse us all!"
Steve Harrison, owner of Harrison's News, in Freeman Street, said thanks to the visit – and resulting controversy – Grimsby is very much in the national spotlight at the moment.
He said: "Nearly every national paper has the story about Kate expecting a girl.
"It seems to have caught everyone's attention and it is very exciting.
"It is not only a very exciting story for Grimsby, but for all the national papers, too."