The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant again, Kensington Palace announced this morning. Kate, 32, whose son, Prince George is just a year old, is expecting her second baby with husband Prince William next year. The 2nd child will be fourth in line to the throne.
The Duchess is once again suffering from the debilitating condition hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes extreme sickness in pregnant women. Unlike her first pregnancy, however, Kate is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace and has not been admitted to hospital.
A senior royal source said: ‘The couple only found out very recently. The Duchess has not even reached the crucial 12-week stage. ‘But 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.’
In a statement the palace said: ‘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 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 is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.’ Kate’s sickness means that her first solo foreign visit to Malta later this month is seriously in doubt. A palace source said that a decision would be made nearer the time.
But the Duchess does plan to support her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, at the opening ceremony of his Invictus Games in London on Wednesday. The following day she is due to attend a solemn Drumhead service at Lee Valley Athletics Centre with the Duke and Harry, and later with William to watch Invictus competitors taking part in matches and heats.
The Duchess is due to make her first official solo overseas tour for two days in two weeks’ time, from September 20-21. A palace spokesman said: ‘We will be planning this on a case by case basis.’
Prime Minister David Cameron offered his congratulations to the couple today, saying: ‘Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I’m delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.’
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said: ‘This is very happy news for any couple, and on behalf of the people of Scotland, I am delighted to send our best wishes to the Countess and our hearty congratulations to the royal couple.’ The Duchess is known in Scotland as the Countess of Strathearn.