Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant again, Kensington Palace announced this morning.
The 32-year-old beauty, whose son Prince George is just a year old, is expecting her second baby next year.
The Duchess is suffering from the debilitating condition hyperemesis gravidarum again this time around, which causes extreme sickness in pregnant women.
Kate is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace and has not been admitted to hospital.
Prince William attended an engagement alone in Oxford today, where he opened a university building.
The Duchess of Cambridge hasn’t reached the 12-week stage yet, but was forced to reveal the pregnancy again because of her condition.
William’s father Prince Charles, and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, only found out about the pregnancy in the last few days.
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.”
As a sibling to Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child will not be expected to be crowned sovereign.
The second-born royal children, often called the “spare to heir”, have ended up as monarch is odd occasions.
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