Kate Middleton & Prince William Are Being Told Not to Have More Kids

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Two and done? Speculation that Prince William and Kate Middleton are going to have a third child recently reached a fever pitch after Kate dropped a hint in Poland about baby number three. (When a well-wisher handed her a stuffed toy, Kate quipped, "We will just have to have more babies." What!) But not everyone is chuffed about the idea of the duke and duchess expanding their family. In fact, one organization is begging William and Kate not to have anymore children. Seriously. 

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Having Kids, an organization that promotes smaller families, wrote an open letter to the duke and duchess, asking them to stop at two children. The letter, which asks Prince William and Kate to "consider forgoing having a third child ... in favor of modelling a smaller, sustainable family," cites environmental issues like climate change, economic equality, and the distribution of resources as reasons to have a small family. 

Anne Green, the executive director of Having Kids, said:

"William and Kate have a tremendous opportunity to model their choice of having a smaller family. By doing so, they set an example as to what has the most potential for mitigating climate change and its impacts, including severe flooding, deadlier heatwaves, increase in diseases, and wildlife extinctions. Moreover, given the vast economic inequalities in the world today, the couple also has the opportunity to model a simple principle: That every child deserves as fair start in life."

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Not surprisingly, the letter has incited plenty of backlash from people. "If someone wrote a letter to me suggesting how many children I should have, regardless of my societal status, I'd be sure to kindly return the letter, straight into their a**," one woman wrote on Facebook, while another simply called the plea "asinine."

Having a big family obviously comes with its environmental and economic impact, but telling -- publicly telling -- a couple how many kids they should have is in pretty poor taste and it oversteps all sorts of bounds. The number of children a couple wants to have is a personal choice -- and hopefully said couple will make an effort to mitigate the effects each child will have on the earth. 

It's doubtful William and Kate will take Having Kids' advice into account when decided whether or not to have another child -- which, come on, we all already know is a forgone conclusion. Our money's on royal baby number three making his or her debut sometime next year. 

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