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William and Kate drop hints about a baby on the way

Britain's Prince William right  his wife Kate Duchess Cambridge talk together during their visit Strathmore Green precinct Queenstown residential

Britain's Prince William, right, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, talk together during their visit to Strathmore Green, a precinct in Queenstown, a residential district of Singapore Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Britain's royal couple are on a nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific. (AP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri, Pool)

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Updated: October 15, 2012 9:26AM

We’ve heard the rumors before — in fact, shortly after Prince William married the former Kate Middleton — but now palace sources and other good London sources are whispering it’s quite likely the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may indeed be expecting their first child.

The latest uptick in speculation comes as the royal couple has been visiting Singapore and other sites in Southeast Asia as part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee. Eyebrows were raised when Kate toasted the queen — twice — by raising her glass filled with water and not wine, which she demurely declined.

Furthermore, sharp-eyed observers were convinced they saw a well-defined “baby bump” at public appearances the duchess made in Singapore.

† As for William, the future king was quoted by the British press as telling a young boy, during a royal “walk-about,” that he would like to have two children — mirroring his own family that includes himself and his brother, Prince Harry.

† As usual, the palace is declining to comment on the latest round of rumors.

STAR POWER: Fans of Nick Lachey will want to know the singer and reality TV star will be greeting folks at a Bailey’s coffee creamers event on Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue, from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. It’s all part of a nationwide celebrity contest — with Lachey hoping fan votes at will help him win $25,000 for his favorite charity.

STILL TOGETHER: George Clooney usually laughs off gossip stories — or ignores them completely. However, the actor clearly was upset by a couple of reports stating he and girlfriend Stacy Keibler have gone their separate ways.

Through his spokesman, the Oscar winner issued a very strongly worded statement calling those stories untrue — especially one in a British newspaper that quoted Keibler as saying, “It’s over.”

“The story published by a London tabloid, the Sun, concerning George Clooney and Stacy Keibler is not true … a total fabrication designed to sell newspapers,” said Clooney’s rep.

While Keibler did appear solo at New York Fashion Week events last week, Clooney’s publicist noted those runway fetes are not on the actor’s “bucket list” of things he would want to do.

† Reports of a split between Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen are also premature. While the actor was seen moving things out of her L.A. home, it’s because Bilson sold the house and the new owners were about to move in. The couple have not broken up.

ANIMAL ACCENTS: Jesse Campbell, who did very well on “The Voice,” will be here Wednesday to entertain at the “Big Night Celebrity Chefs” benefit for the Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control — a fund-raiser for some of Chicago’s neediest dogs and cats. The Chicago Cultural Center fete will feature chef Jackie Shen and about a dozen of her celebrity chef pals.

BEING CAREFUL: In the wake of the tragedy in Libya, a London screening of Tom Holland’s “Islam: The Untold Story,” scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled. When that controversial documentary first aired on Britain’s Channel 4 in August, the network received more than 1,000 complaints from Muslims about the film, which questions writings in the Koran and examines the origins of Islam. U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other diplomats were killed Tuesday by Muslim extremists angered by a different anti-Islamic film released online.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Taking a break from rehearsals for “Sweet Bird of Youth” at the Goodman, Diane Lane slipped into Pizano’s on State — where she really charmed the staff. The popular Italian eatery will open its fifth restaurant — perhaps by this weekend — at Hoyne and Division in Wicker Park. … WMAQ-Channel 5 prez Larry Wert was delighted to see the banners for his University of Wisconsin alma mater all over Deuces + The Diamond Club — where he was spied hanging out in one of the Wrigleyville watering hole’s special cabanas. The big flat-screen TVs were turned to his favorite network, natch.

LOCAL LIGHT: Kudos to “Grease” co-author Jim Jacobs, who has just established a scholarship at Columbia College Chicago. It’s the second musical theater scholarship at the college — following the one named for the late Betty Garrett, established in 1999. In fact, when Jacobs attended a cabaret show benefit this past winter, he was so impressed, he decided he needed to follow in Garrett’s footsteps and fund a new scholarship himself.

BOOK BEAT: Anyone interested in the contemporary music scene of the past few decades definitely will want to read music mogul Clive Davis’ memoirs when they are released by Random House in February.

Co-authored with Rolling Stone contributor Anthony DeCurtis, the book is certain to include great tales about many of the superstars Davis helped shepherd to fame, including Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Usher, Christina Aguilera and Carlos Santana.

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