Duchess Kate may use subtle trick to hide her pregnancies before they're formally announced

News of Duchess Kate's pregnancy broke the internet earlier this week, but it really shouldn't come as a surprise to her biggest fans -- here's why.

In Monday's announcement, Kensington Palace revealed that the news of the royal couple's third child was announced sooner than they would've liked because Kate had been suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum -- an intense form of morning sickness -- and therefore had to cancel an official engagement at the last minute.

But one reporter recently pointed out a pattern in Duchess Kate's pregnancy announcements -- and it has to do with her hair.  The Evening Standard's political reporter Kate Proctor made the bombshell revelation on Twitter, saying that Duchess Kate will change her hairstyle shortly before announcing that she's pregnant.

Is this a move to direct all the focus on her hair instead of her belly? Unintentional or not, we think it's a genius idea! 

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And the photos don't lie! A photograph of Duchess Kate attending an event approximately nine weeks ago, most likely around the time she discovered she was pregnant, shows her with her longer brunette tresses. Just a few days later, she attended the opening tennis match at this year's Wimbledon where she debuted a shorter look.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Dominic Cooper attend day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Sam Spruell, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Dominic Cooper attend day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Philip Brook and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge applauds after Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova won against Sweden's Johanna Larsson during their women's singles first round match on the first day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 3, 2017. Kvitova won the match 6-4, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 3: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) with AELTC Chairman Philip Brook (L) on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the opening day of Wimbledon 2017 on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and AELTC Chairman Philip Brook look on from centre court on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and actor Dominic Cooper (behind right) react as they attend the opening day of Wimbledon 2017 on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 3: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) with Philip Brook (left) speaks with Martina Navratilova on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, waves as she arrives at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 3, 2017 on the first day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), speaks with ex tennis players Netherlands' Kim Clijsters (2nd R) and Martina Navratilova (R) as she visits The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, south-west London, on July 3, 2017 on the first day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Gareth FULLER / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 3: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets ball boys and girls on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 3: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) with Philip Brook (left) speaks with Martina Navratilova on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 3: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) with Philip Brook (left) speaks with Kim Clijsters on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in Wimbledon on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 3: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) attends the opening day of Wimbledon 2017 on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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When she was pregnant with Prince George in 2012, a similar pattern occurred. Shortly before William and Kate announced they were expecting their first child, the Duchess appeared at a dinner sporting her signature long locks.

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Just a couple of weeks later, Kate stepped out with a new hairstyle -- bangs! And then the following week, the royal couple announced they were expecting their first child, Prince George. 

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Duchess Kate really pulled a fast one on us there! For more photos of her shorter look, check out the slideshow below:

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WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with their children Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge peer out of a window as they arrive with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge look out of the window of the plane as they arrive at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince George of Cambridge arrives at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Warsaw airport to start a 3 day tour on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards / Pool/ Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Warsaw airport to start a 3 day tour on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards / Pool/ Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Warsaw airport to start a 3 day tour on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards / Pool/ Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Prince George of Cambridge arrives at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge look out of the window of the plane as they arrive at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge look out of the window of the plane as they arrive at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by DMC/GC Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge carries Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with their children Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince George of Cambridge as he arrives with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks with Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks with Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge carries Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge are seen arriving at the airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by DMC/GC Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks with Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with their children Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Note alternate crop The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany.
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge carries Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge are seen at the museum of former German Nazi concentration camp Stutthof in Sztutowo, Poland July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge toast HM The Queen at the Queen's Birthday Garden Party at the Orangery, Lazienki Park on day 1 of their official visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Julian Simmonds-Pool/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Poland's First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda attend the Queen's Birthday Garden Party at the Orangery, Lazienki Park on day 1 of their official visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Julian Simmonds-Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge meet Holocaust survivors during their visit at the museum of former German Nazi concentration camp Stutthof in Sztutowo, Poland July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld/POOL
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld/POOL
Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the charity Strassenkinder e.V. building in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jens Kalaene/POOL
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Strassenkinder, a charity which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The Duke and Duchess will also meet representatives from the Robert Enke Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the airport in Berlin on July 19, 2017. The British royal couple is on a three-day-visit in Germany. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Steffi LOOS (Photo credit should read STEFFI LOOS/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Strassenkinder, a charity which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The Duke and Duchess will also meet representatives from the Robert Enke Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the Brandenburg Gate during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrives at Berlin Tegel Airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Brandenburg Gate during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L), his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge (unseen) with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte (Unseen) arrive at the airport in Berlin on July 19, 2017. The British royal couple is on a three-day visit in Germany. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kay Nietfeld (Photo credit should read KAY NIETFELD/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge (C) are seen on the terrace of the Chancellery in Berlin on July 19, 2017 during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The British royal couple is on a three-day visit in Germany. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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