The rumors were true: The former Kate Middleton is pregnant! After much speculation as to whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their second child, the news has finally been confirmed by the couple’s Clarence House office and Kensington Palace.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child,” the official statement reads. “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
This will be the second child for Prince William and Duchess Kate, who welcomed their first child, Prince George, on July 22, 2013, and the new addition to their family will be a very welcome playmate for the little prince.
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The former Kate Middleton is, unfortunately, suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a very acute morning sickness, and the same problem she had while pregnant with her first child. During the early stages of her pregnancy with Prince George, the royal had to stay at King Edward VII hospital. However, this time around it has been reported that she is being treated at home.
“As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace,” the statement continued.
While no due date has been announced at this time, it is expected that the Duchess is not yet past the 12-week mark. A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said the Duchess’ attendance at future events would be decided on a “case by case” basis, Hello! magazine reports.
The Duchess is due to represent the queen at the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence in two weeks’ time.
“We will be planning this on a case by case basis — it’s too early to talk about Malta and Invictus,” the spokeswoman said.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is also delighted with the news and took to Twitter to congratulate the royal couple.
The new baby will become fourth in line to the throne after Prince George. Prince Harry is now fifth in line for the title.
Congratulations to the happy couple on their exciting news!