Kate's expecting and we all LOVE a royal baby!
The Great Kate Wait is on again, with Britain going baby mad after the announcement Catherine, the wife of Prince William, was expecting their third child.
News the 35-year-old Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant again made the front page of every major newspaper in England and bookies immediately started a market on what the royal bub might be named. Princess Alice is the clear favourite at the moment at 7/1.
This child will be neither the heir nor the spare — those titles fall to siblings Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2 — and will be fifth in line to the throne but that didn’t dent the excitement of an impending royal birth.
With Kensington Palace giving no details on how advanced Kate’s pregnancy is, the guessing game is on as to when the baby will be born, with media outlets tipping March or April.
Times of London royal correspondent Valentine Lowe says it’s only natural to be excited about babies, and that was being projected onto the Royal Family.
“Everyone coos and gets excited when their friends and family are having a baby,’’ he tells BW Magazine. “People are projecting some of that emotion onto someone they like.’’
Catherine has not been seen in public since nce last week, when she appeared alongside Princence William and his brother Prince Harry at a memorial garden to mark the 20th anniversary sary of the death of the princes’ mother, Diana.
The Duchess has been struck down with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that she suffered in both her previous pregnancies and which led to her being hospitalised when pregnant with Prince George in 2012.
Her mother Carole Middleton is helping care for her at Kensington Palace, and she cancelled several public appearances this week, her absence apparently spurring the palace into announcing her pregnancy some e weeks ahead of the usual 12-week milestone. e.
Lowe says the British media will now be planning their ritual stake-out of the Lindo WingWi at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, a hospital so posh it even has its own wine list for families who wish to choose the champagne to toast the new arrival after their baby is born. Princes William and Harry were both born there, as were Prince George and Princess Charlotte. “The royal family, the poor lambs, have to have all their babies in public,’’ says Lowe.
And Catherine was very a popular figure with the British public.
“They think she’s doing a good job, she smiles, she’s well-mannered, they don’t know her but they like her,’’ he says.
The new royal bundle of joy is likely to further boost already high public approval ratings for Wills and Kate, and take further scrutiny off Prince Harry, who will be bumped down the line of succession, to sixth place.
Kensington Palace is bracing for a flood of gifts to arrive from wellwishers, who have traditionally showered royal mothers-to-be with toys, and handmade clothes. The palace has always returned the gifts, posting them back carefully wrapped to the sender, with a note explaining they are unable to accept them.
Prince William, 35, said this week the new baby was “very good news,’’ but confirmed it had been a “bit anxious to start with’.’ “There’s not much sleep going on,’’ he said.
And in a comment being interpreted as a hint that Catherine might be 11 weeks along, William said: “We just need Catherine to get over this first bit, then we can start celebrating next week.’’ Prince Harry had earlier given a big thumbsup and declared the baby news: “fantastic, great, very, very happy for them’’. Kensington Palace’s formal announcement of the pregnancy noted that Queen Elizabeth and her family were “delighted’’ by the news. Prince Charles, who will become a grandfather for the third time, issued a statement from Clarence House, his official residence, stating that: “TRH (their royal highnesses Charles and wife Camilla) are delighted with the news the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child.’’ The new baby will make Wills’ and Kate’s family the largest British royal family since Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. British newspapers are debating whether Catherine, herself one of three children, is pushing the family towards a more middleclass approach, with a slightly larger family than recent royal tradition would indicate. The royal family is in a state of transition, with the 96-year-old Prince Philip retiring last month from official duties. Prince William has resigned his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot and moved his family to Kensington Palace last month so he could take up fulltime royal duties. And Prince Harry’s relationship with American actress Meghan Markle is developing quickly, with royal watchers now increasingly convinced an engagement will be announced in coming months. In an interview published in Vanity Fair this week, Markle made her first public comments about Prince Harry, referring to him as her “boyfriend’’ and saying: “We are two people who are really happy and in love.’’
I’m very, very happy for them
Prince William and Catherine with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Prince George in the official portrait for his fourth birthday and (right) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with Princess Charlotte on a visit to Canada.