Dou­ble joy for Kate and Wills

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Amaz­ing new de­tails have come to light about Prince Wil­liam and Duchess Kate’s preg­nancy and the up­com­ing birth of their his­toric twins.

Well-placed palace in­sid­ers tell New Idea that the royal par­ents have al­ready picked out names for their new­born ba­bies – be­lieved to be a boy and a girl – and are in the process of in­ter­view­ing for an­other nanny to help with their young brood.

Wills and Kate, both 35, are also dis­cussing plans to make even more ren­o­va­tions to Kens­ing­ton Palace to al­low for the ba­bies, who will be the first twins born in the royal fam­ily in more than 700 years.

But in the most sur­pris­ing twist to date, sources tell New Idea that the duchess is al­ready five months along – two months more than what was pre­vi­ously be­lieved – mean­ing that we will meet their dou­ble-bun­dle of joy early in the New Year.

‘Wills and Kate have cer­tainly been busy mak­ing ar­range­ments for not just one, but two royal ba­bies,’ the in­sider tells New Idea. ‘Kate’s well and truly in or­gan­is­ing mode, and wants to be on top of ev­ery­thing be­fore the ba­bies ar­rive.

‘She and Wills have al­ready cho­sen names – we’ve been told that they’re look­ing at El­iz­a­beth for a girl, af­ter their Queen, of course, and Henry for a boy.

‘Prince Harry has been such a won­der­ful part of their lives, and they wanted to name their new twin af­ter Wil­liam’s brother.

‘They’re also in­ter­view­ing for an­other nanny to help Maria and they’re look­ing to ar­range even more ren­o­va­tions to make an ex­tra nurs­ery. Maria will keep look­ing af­ter Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte, and the new nanny will solely mind the twins – Kate just thinks it makes sense to work it that way.

‘They’re also think­ing of hir­ing a night nanny for the early months, but Kate wants to wait and see. She’s keen to do as much of it as she can her­self – but of course with Ge­orge at school and all the of­fi­cial du­ties, she ac­cepts that might be a lit­tle am­bi­tious.

‘But the big­gest se­cret is that Kate is fur­ther along than any­one thought. She wants to keep that un­der wraps – and that’s why she hasn’t been seen out as much as peo­ple thought.’

Sources tell New Idea that the duchess’ strug­gles with hy­per­eme­sis gravi­darum – ex­treme morn­ing sick­ness – have been worse than with her ear­lier preg­nan­cies. Med­i­cal ex­perts say the de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion is a lot more preva­lent in mums ex­pect­ing twins – lead­ing some to sug­gest that Kate could be suf­fer­ing from the ef­fects from the ill­ness even more with this preg­nancy.

‘Hy­per­eme­sis gravi­darum is a hor­ren­dous and gru­elling con­di­tion that can last for months and months,’ says a friend of Kate’s. ‘She’s feel­ing a lot more poorly than she did with Ge­orge and Char­lotte, and she’s con­vinced it’s be­cause she’s ex­pect­ing twins. It’s been a very tough preg­nancy for her

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so far, she’s just hop­ing she feels bet­ter soon.’

While Kate is ex­pected to make her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since an­nounc­ing her preg­nancy on Oc­to­ber 10, sources close to the duchess say she won’t be push­ing her­self in the com­ing months.

It’s be­lieved Kate will cut back on royal du­ties in the first year af­ter the twins are born, now that the pres­sure has been taken off her af­ter Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tri­umphant ap­pear­ance at the In­vic­tus Games in Toronto.

‘No-one is putting any pres­sure on the duchess to recom­mence her royal du­ties any­time soon,’ says a se­nior palace courtier. ‘Her health – and the health of her twins – is the most im­por­tant thing.

‘Now that Harry and Meghan have made their first pub­lic ap­pear­ance, the pres­sure’s off for Kate. She can re­lax a lit­tle and take care of her fam­ily.’ NI

The royal cou­ple are plan­ning more ren­o­va­tions to Kens­ing­ton Palace to wel­come their bubs. ‘Su­per Nanny’ Maria is help­ing shape the young roy­als’ fu­ture. Kate’s ex­treme morn­ing sick­ness is much worse be­cause she is car­ry­ing twins.

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