Prince William and Kate Middleton are going to make Prince George a big brother! It was officially announced this morning that the royals are pregnant with their second child.
Kate and William made the official announcement that they were expecting September 8, but added that the Duchess was suffering from morning sickness aka hyperemesis gravidarum in her second pregnancy.
“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 statement read. “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. 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 of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.”
Kate has reportedly not reached the 12-week mark of her pregnancy, but was forced to reveal that she was expecting after she started to feel unwell.
“When it became apparent that she was no well enough to join the Duke on a joint engagement in Oxford today and that the number of forthcoming engagements could be affected, the Duke and Duchess have taken the difficult decision to be fully open about the pregnancy,” a senior royal source reveals.
Kate battled hyperemesis gravidarum when she was pregnant with Prince George, 1. The pain got to be so bad that Kate was hospitalized for several days back in 2012.
Prince William told well-wishers in Oxford that Kate should be over the worst of her symptoms in a few weeks.
“She wishes she could be here,” he said.
The new baby, boy or girl, will become fourth in line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry to fifth. George, who is 13 months old, is third and likely to become Britain’s monarch one day. William is second in line, while his father, Prince Charles, is first.
Britain had changed its laws before George’s birth so that the couple’s first born would be in line for the throne regardless of its sex. Before the change, a girl would have lost her place in line if a boy was born later.
We send along well wishes and hopes for a healthy pregnancy for Kate!