A royal baby: Prince William and duchess are expecting
Duchess is in the hospital for ‘acute morning sickness.’
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.
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.