Kate Middleton gushes about Meghan Markle's pregnancy amid rumors of 'tension' between them

Kate Middleton could not be more excited for sister-in-law Meghan Markle's baby to be born.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited Leicester University with her husband, Prince William, on Wednesday, where she struck up a conversation upon arrival with some adoring fans.

"They're doing well, thank you," the duchess said of her three children, George, Charlotte and Louis. "They're getting excited for Christmas time, because they've started all their Christmas songs and the Christmas trees are going up."

"And Louis' getting bigger," she added of her 7-month-old. "I can't believe he's like seven months. He's getting to be a big boy."

SEE ALSO: 'Tension' brewing in the royal family: What's going on with Harry, Meghan, William and Kate?

The group of young women then asked Middleton whether or not she was excited about the Duchess of Sussex's forthcoming child with husband Prince Harry.

"Absolutely!" she responded. "It's such a special time to have little kiddies. And a cousin for George and Charlotte, as well, and Louis. It'll be really special."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends The Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 08, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend The Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 08, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) attend The Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 08, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) attend The Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 08, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) attend The Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 08, 2018 in London, England. (Jeff Spicer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Julius Obwona receives the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) during The Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 08, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (3R) and attend The Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 08, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) attend The Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on November 08, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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The brief comment is Kate's first on Meghan's pregnancy news other than a joint statement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released following her initial pregnancy announcement, which said that they were "delighted" for Meghan and Harry.

Kate breaking her silence on her sister-in-law's pregnancy comes amid speculation of bad blood between the pair. 

"Meghan and Kate have different interests and lead different lives," a source told ET of the pair, whose only joint outing together came back in July at the Ladies Final at Wimbledon, where the pair watched Meghan's friend, Serena Williams.

SEE ALSO: How Kate Middleton avoids 'overshadowing' Prince William

Daily Mail source backed that up, saying that "they don't really get on."

Regardless of whether or not there is truly "tension" between the pair as Meghan and Harry prepare to move out of Kensington Palace, Kate is clearly over the moon for her three children to be getting another cousin. Her sister, Pippa Middleton, welcomed her first child with husband James Matthews back in October.

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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Britain's Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the University of Chichester Technology park in Chichester, West Sussex, southern England, on October 3, 2018. - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first joint official visit to Sussex on October 3. (Photo by Heathcliff O'MALLEY / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex at The University of Chichester Tech Park during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex opens 'Oceania' at Royal Academy of Arts on September 25, 2018 in London, England. 'Oceania' is the first-ever major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex opens 'Oceania' at Royal Academy of Arts on September 25, 2018 in London, England. 'Oceania' is the first-ever major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 24: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Coach Core Awards held at Loughborough University on September 24, 2018 in Loughborough, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Coach Core Awards held at Loughborough University on September 24, 2018 in Loughborough, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland (L) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to host an event to mark the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace on September 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland (L) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to host an event to mark the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace on September 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the '100 Days of Peace' concert to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War at Central Hall Westminster on September 6, 2018 in London, England. The evening will benefit three mental health charities 'Heroes', 'Combat Stress' and 'Heads Together'. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the WellChild Awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Sussex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 04: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the WellChild awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Sussex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Susssex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Prince William, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a gala performance of 'Hamilton' in support of Sentebale at Victoria Palace Theatre on August 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Charity - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a gala performance of 'Hamilton' in support of Sentebale at Victoria Palace Theatre on August 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Charity - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
FRENSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 04: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks at the church of St Mary the Virgin on August 4, 2018 in Frensham, England. Prince Harry attended the same prep school as Charlie van Straubenzee and have been good friends ever since. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
FRENSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 04: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the wedding of Charlie Van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks on August 4, 2018 in Frensham, United Kingdom. Prince Harry attended the same prep school as Charlie van Straubenzee and have been good friends ever since. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Sentebale Polo 2018 held at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on July 26, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on July 26, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre on July 17, 2018 in London, England. The exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre on July 17, 2018 in London, England. The exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage )
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage )
DUBLIN, DUBLIN - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, DUBLIN - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, SCOTLAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex view the Famine Memorial on the bank of the River Liffey during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Zak Hussein - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 10: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Dublin airport during their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a meeting at the Taoiseach during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. The 100th birthday of the RAF, which was founded on on 1 April 1918, was marked with a centenary parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Colour and flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a ceremony to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. The 100th birthday of the RAF, which was founded on on 1 April 1918, was marked with a centenary parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Colour and flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Glencairn, the residence of Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland during day one of their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLINE, IRELAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House during their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House on July 05, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House on July 05, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London, England. The Queen's Young Leaders Programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates the achievements of young people from across the Commonwealth working to improve the lives of people across a diverse range of issues including supporting people living with mental health problems, access to education, promoting gender equality, food scarcity and climate change. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets guests at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London, England. The Queen's Young Leaders Programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates the achievements of young people from across the Commonwealth working to improve the lives of people across a diverse range of issues including supporting people living with mental health problems, access to education, promoting gender equality, food scarcity and climate change. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex departs Chester Town Hall, where she attended lunch with Queen Elizabeth II as guests of Chester City Council on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair opened a road bridge in Widnes and visited The Storyhouse in Chester. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during Trooping The Colour 2018 at Various Locations on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his new wife, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London on May 22, 2018. - The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Garden Party to celebrate the work of The Prince's Charities in the year of Prince Charles's 70th Birthday. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends the Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London on May 22, 2018. - The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Garden Party to celebrate the work of The Prince's Charities in the year of Prince Charles's 70th Birthday. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L), and his new wife, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London on May 22, 2018. - The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Garden Party to celebrate the work of The Prince's Charities in the year of Prince Charles's 70th Birthday. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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