“We’re mostly thrilled, it’s great news, early days but I’m hoping that things settle down, she feels a bit better,” Prince William told reporters on a visit to Oxford University.
“She’s feeling ok, it’s been a tricky few days, week or so. I’m going to go back and look after her now.”
The young royal couple were forced to announce the pregnancy early because a slew of engagements will now have to be cancelled, as Kate is once again suffering the acute form of morning sickness, Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which blighted her first pregnancy. However, she is being treated at home rather than in hospital this time round.
A statement issued by William and Kate’s official spokesperson at 10:20 a.m. this morning in the UK said, “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 added that, “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
The fact that no due date has been announced is also significant, and another sign that the pregnancy is still in its very early stages.
David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, tweeted, “Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I’m delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) September 8, 2014
Rumors are already circulating that Kate might be as little as nine or ten weeks pregnant, but has had to announce the pregnancy early to avoid a repeat of the debacle last time round which saw the announcement rushed out as William and Kate were on the way to hospital. They had to phone the Queen from the car to tell her the news so she did not hear it from the media, according to PEOPLE magazine.
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