Proud expectant parents Kate and Wills have nicknamed their royal baby-to-be 'little grape' according to a family friend, who revealed the affectionate moniker to a US magazine.

The Duke and Duchess named the foetus 'our little grape' ro reflect its size at nine weeks, the magazine says. Kate is now almost halfway through her pregnancy, at which point the foetus is about the size of a banana.

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Kate has nicknamed the royal baby 'little grape'


Kate has been swotting up on what to eat and drink to ensure the baby is as healthy as possible according to the unnamed friend, who made the comments to US Weekly. She has also employed a private yoga instructor to give her lessons in prenatal exercises and is "giving in" to sweet-toothed cravings.

"She's got sugar on the brain. Chocolates, biscuits, cake. When she sneaks off to a nearby Starbucks for a decaf coffee, she'll often pick up a baked good!" the friend told the magazine.

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An official portrait of the couple

'Little grape' is fast becoming the most discussed foetus since Demi Moore's tummy (with Scout Willis inside) appeared on the front cover of Vanity Fair.

There was a flurry of excitement over royal baby/little grape last week when a well-wisher in Grimbsy offered Kate a teddy bear and she replied saying "I'll take that for my d..."

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Little grape makes an appearance alongside Kate at an official function

However footage has come to light which muddied waters over whether Kate did indeed intend to say daughter and some suggested Kate was merely going to hand the teddy to her dog, Lupo.

The ever-enduring mystery of the sex of the imminent Royal Baby took another delicious twist on Thursday.

Whilst visiting racing team Williams in Doha, Qatar, roving Royal and soon to be granddad, Prince Charles, was presented with a set of blue mini overalls.

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Charles is on the fourth day of a Middle East tour with Camilla

Baby BOY blue.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge in the art therapy group as she visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge at a reception during her visit to Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge listens to speeches at a reception during her visit to Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge at a reception during her visit to Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge at a reception during her visit to Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge in the art therapy group as she visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge in the art therapy group as she visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge talks to Sabrina as she visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge with counsellor Lou Kramer and Sabrina (right) as she visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge in the art therapy group as she visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London following her visit.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge in the art therapy group as she visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge with (left) Susanne Hakimi, Head of Services and (right) Ms Yael Stobezki, art therapist in the art therapy group as she visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge with counsellor Lou Kramer and Sabrina (right) as she visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London following her visit.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers from Hugh and Serena Woodford as she leaves the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London following her visit.

  • Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after a visit to Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge waves as she leaves after a visit to Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London following her visit.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge receives a bouquet of flowers as she leaves the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London following her visit.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London following her visit.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London following her visit.

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    Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Kate, The Dutchess of Cambridge

    Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House, an Action on Addiction women's treatment centre on February 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Hope House

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House, an Action on Addiction women's treatment centre on February 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Kate, The Dutchess of Cambridge

    Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted as she arrives at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Kate, The Dutchess of Cambridge

    Britain's Kate the Duchess of Cambridge waves at members of the media and people who gathered to see her, on arrival at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Kate, The Dutchess of Cambridge

    Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Kate, The Dutchess of Cambridge

    Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Kate, The Dutchess of Cambridge

    Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Hope House

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House, an Action on Addiction women's treatment centre on February 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London.

  • Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. As patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess was visiting Hope House, a safe, secure place for women to recover from substance dependence. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House treatment centre in Clapham

    The Duchess of Cambridge receives a bouquet of flowers as she leaves the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, South London following her visit.