So Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been born. How does it affect all the non-royal babies around them?
Babies are always considered a blessing. But a new research from Malta suggested that births, deaths and even marriages in British royal family can have a “significant impact on everyday life” and affect the sex of babies born to the public.
According to researchers headed by Victor Grech from Mater Dei hospital, as reported by New Zealand Herald, after Prince William’s birth, the number of boys flourished, while Princess Diana’s death decreased the chances of giving birth to girls. Grech explained that Prince William’s birth “increased coital rates associated with exuberance.”
Maltese research may seem a coincidence, but there are other studies suggesting that huge events like the World Cup and terror attacks can finely change “the ratio of boys to girls.”
Maltese researchers hauled through 60 years of birth statistics in the United Kingdom and discovered “a striking dip in the number of boys born” within the period that Prince Charles and Princess Diana had their royal wedding in 1982.
There was a plummet in 2011 during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, it was reported. It was further suggested that stress associated with the excitement in the run-on to such events could result to more miscarriages.
Between the two sexes, it was the unborn male fetuses — which are deemed to be more delicate — that are more likely to be lost in miscarriages.
Princess Diana’s death was again cited as an example. A report from European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology said as reported, that her death caused a shock so that fewer boys were born in the subsequent months.
But Adam Balen, professor and chairman of the British Fertility Society, said the Maltese research was “fascinating” but prone to error. He did not offer any explanation why.
Meanwhile, Allan Pacey, a fertility doctor at Sheffield University supported the analysis and even exclaimed that “the monarchy’s influence may be greater than we realized.”
“So maybe the effect we see is down to the fact we have a Queen. Perhaps, someone should revisit this when we get a king?” said Pacey.