Kate Middleton is said to have joked her security guard Emma Probert “had beaten her to it” when it comes to having a baby as the close confident announced she would be going on maternity leave.
The Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William have made no secret at their longing for a family and when the 30 year-old heard her good friend would be leaving her, Kate is said to have just a bit of baby envy.
"Catherine was so happy for Emma," a source told Grazia magazine. "She told her she'd be the best mum and joked that she had 'beaten her to it'!
While the Duchess will no doubt be happy for her friend with the close bond she has built with Emma over the years and the difficult time Kate has had since topless photos of her sunbathing in France were published, losing her confidante will no doubt come as a blow.
Kate Middleton with protection officer Sergeant Emma Probert (WENN)
“I think Catherine was upset that she will be losing one of her closest friends just when she is needing her the most," the insider said.
"Obviously there's meant to be a discreet distance between the Royals and their security," the source added, "But they're humans, not machines.”
Emma accompanies Catherine to all official engagements and joins her for morning runs while the royal couple are in the UK and with her partner also a member of the royal security team, she will surely leave a huge hole in Kate's life.
The insider said: "Emma's become a really close confidante to Catherine and she gets on really well with her partner Colin [Childs], too."
There has been much speculation about when Kate will fall pregnant, with Prince William making it clear earlier this year during a TV interview for the US that babies were his main priority.
Rumours that she was pregnant were rife on their recent royal tour of East Asia where the Duchess sipped water instead of wine and Prince William announced he hoped to have two children with his wife.
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