20 Times Kate Middleton Touched Her Pregnant Belly Just Like Meghan Markle

20 Times Kate Middleton Touched Her Pregnant Belly Just Like Meghan Markle
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Since Meghan Markle's pregnancy was announced, she's gotten crap. From working too hard to being too demanding to wearing maternity clothes that are too expensive (or not "maternity" enough), the Duchess of Sussex hasn't been able to catch a break. But perhaps the biggest criticism Meghan has received so far is the fact that she touches, rubs, and/or holds her pregnant belly too much. Because apparently there's a barometer for things like that. 

In an effort to defend our beloved Meghan, we'd like to point out that she's certainly not the first duchess with a penchant for rubbing her midsection while with child. That's right, Kate Middleton (and every other mother in the world) did the same thing when she was growing Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

The nerve!

Because she's generally a more low-key person than Meghan, the Duchess of Cambridge didn't seem to catch nearly as much heat as her sister-in-law. Make no mistake about it, though: Kate's hands and belly made contact during each of her pregnancies -- and there are photos to prove it. 

Here are 20 times Kate Middleton lovingly touched her pregnant belly. Meghan, you're not alone. 

  • Cradling

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    Sometimes the duchess's clutch bag got in the way of a good bump cradle. Huh. Does she ever leave home without one?

  • Bumpin'

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    Kate always stands out whenever she wears bold colors, and this green dress was no exception. But how about that bump? 

  • The Look of Love

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    Nothing cuter than a pregnant mama happily looking down at her bump. See? Sometimes moms-to-be just can't resist giving their belly a pat.

  • The Low-Key Touch 

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    Sometimes Kate's bump touching was seriously subtle. But still -- it's easy to see that her impending arrival was always on her mind.

  • Just the Tips

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    The world's faintest belly cradle ever. And how cute is that floral dress? Wonder if she could lend it to Meghan ...

  • The Construction Cuddle 

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    Kate is protecting both her head and her belly. This mom-to-be was all business. Royal duty calls, regardless of whether there is a bun in the oven!

  • So Cute!

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    Why do we feel that if this were Meghan Markle, she'd be criticized? Of course, Meghan also would've forgone pantyhose here, so ...

  • Clutching Her Bump 

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    She may be holding a bag, but that's definitely a woman cradling her bump right there. The way she's standing really makes it ... stand out.

  • Red Alert

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    Another duchess is touching her baby bump! Wow -- her maternity fashion was seriously on point here. Love the red!

  • Secret Weapon 

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    Just because Kate uses her clutches to clutch her baby bump, it still counts, people. It seemed to be one of her signature pregnancy moves.

  • Watch the Bump!

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    Don't bump into the bump, people! On another note, how did she manage to navigate her entire pregnancy in such high heels?

  • One-Handed

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    Look at Kate, doing the ol' one-handed bump cradle. Man, we loved this bright pink coat on her. Fingers crossed she brings it out again with baby number four.

  • Side View 

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    It can't be easy walking in heels while protecting your baby bump -- but Kate does it ... time and time again.

  • Animal-Print Caress 

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    Kate's doing the double belly clutch here, just to be safe. And this had to be one of our favorite maternity dresses she ever wore.

  • Belly Time 

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    Maybe Kate just doesn't want her dress to fly up? Or perhaps she just couldn't help herself?

  • Oh, Baby!

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    Glowing, smiling, radiating. 

    Clutching. 

    Aww -- we miss her being pregnant! (Hint, hint.)

  • The Fake-Out

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    Call it what you want, but Kate definitely touched her midsection a lot during her pregnancy -- as one does. 

  • One-Hand Wonder

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    Kate definitely mixed up her belly-holding style. But there's that clutch again ...

  • Happy Baby 

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    Radiant Kate happily touching her belly -- so sweet! She really was glowing here!

  • Just Like Meg

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    Think Meghan touches her bump too much? Well, so did Kate. 

    So back off, everyone. 

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