Their friends are having kids. They’re getting ready to start making family-friendly renovations to their home at Kensington Palace. And their first anniversary is fast approaching on April 29.
From their decision to quietly “shelve” a hoped-for trip to Africa to the Palace’s recent sensitivity to speculation on the subject, veteran royal watchers say the couple is poised to start a family sooner rather than later.
In particular, watching their friends become parents “does help” boost William and Kate’s decision to follow suit, a family insider tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
Although they are unlikely to announce a pregnancy before the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration this summer, like any couple, “they will let nature and life take its course,” adds a royal source.
For much more on William and Kate, including a look back at their magical first year of marriage and an update on the members of their wedding party, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday