A royal baby: Prince Wil­liam and duchess are ex­pect­ing

Duchess is in the hospi­tal for ‘acute morn­ing sick­ness.’

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Lyall

LON­DON — The spec­u­la­tion be­gan vir­tu­ally the moment Kate Mid­dle­ton said “I will” to Prince Wil­liam in April 2011, sad­dling an in­dus­try full of tabloid news­pa­pers and gossip mag­a­zines with a big black hole where the wed­ding cov­er­age used to be.

Why, they asked, was the former Mid­dle­ton, now the duchess of Cam­bridge, drink­ing water in­stead of wine at an of­fi­cial din­ner, in what ap­peared to be a de­lib­er­ate man­ner? And those pho­to­graphs in which her stom­ach seemed mi­cro­scop­i­cally less flat than nor­mal, what was that all about?

On Mon­day, ev­ery­one who had in­cor­rectly guessed what was go­ing on be­fore could now fi­nally claim to be right. Yes, St. James’ Palace an­nounced, the duchess had be­come preg­nant.

The preg­nancy is in its very early stages and has not yet reached the three-month thresh­old that would nor­mally have prompted the an­nounce­ment. But the duchess is in the hospi­tal suf­fer­ing from “acute morn­ing sick­ness,” the palace said, and hos­pi­tal­iza­tions are hard to keep se­cret.

“Her royal high­ness is ex­pected to stay in hospi­tal for sev­eral days and will re­quire a pe­riod of rest there­after,” the palace said.

The duke and duchess of Cam­bridge said they were “very pleased,” while the queen and other fam­ily mem­bers went with “de­lighted.”

There are in­ter­est­ing things about this fu­ture royal baby. First, it will be third in line to the throne, even if it is a girl; the laws of suc­ces­sion were re­cently changed for this very rea­son. Sec­ond, it would make the chances of Prince Harry, be­com­ing king more re­mote.

AP / 2011

Bri­tain’s Prince Wil­liam and his bride, Kate, Duchess of Cam­bridge, leave West­min­ster Abbey in Lon­don on April 29, 2011, af­ter their wed­ding cer­e­mony. The spec­u­la­tion over when they would have a baby be­gan al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter the nup­tials.

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