Inside Kate Middleton lurks one of the most powerful beings on Earth. Experts are saying that when the royal baby is born — early next month, if reports are to be believed — the British economy will experience a very sizable boost.
According to the New York Daily News:
Prince Charles, the grandfather-to-be, is selling handmade baby shoes through a shop on his country estate Highgrove, while the mother-to-be's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, have added a range of baby goods to their party goods business.
Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research (CRR), estimated that the arrival of the baby, due in July, could add more than 240 million pounds to the British economy.
That's about $380 million. Between the Royal Wedding in 2011 and the Olympics last year, the UK is on a roll. Women are already buying up whatever the Duchess wears; as soon as she's photographed in a dress, it sells out. We may soon live in a world where everything the baby has — onesies, rattles, bikes, train sets, dollhouses — could also sell out. Women be shoppin'!