Kate Middleton And Prince William Announce A New Royal Baby’s On The Way

Although Kate Middleton is less than 12 weeks pregnant, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge felt compelled Monday to announce that they’re expecting their third child after she wasn’t feeling well enough to attend a public appearance.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” Kensington Palace officially confirmed.

On a rainy day visit to the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, which has been transformed into a White Garden dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana.            Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

With Prince William, and Prince Harry during the same event               Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In the statement, the palace said the Duchess was suffering from severe morning sickness, as she had during her previous pregnancies. “Hyperemesis gravidarum can be so acute that it requires supplementary hydration, medication and nutrients,” the Guardianreported. “Kate, 35, was admitted to hospital because of morning sickness during her first pregnancy.”

Other members of the royal household, on the other hand, are feeling quite happy.

“Prince Harry said he was feeling “fantastic” about becoming an uncle for the third time, adding: “Great. Very very happy,” according to the Telegraph.

Prince Charles said he’s delighted with the news, Clarence House – official residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall – said in a statement, as did the Queen.

“As with her previous two pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum,” Kensington Palace added. “Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today.

“The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony at the Commonwealth War Grave in Ypres, Belgium, in July    Photo: Darren Staples/Pool/Getty Images

The new baby will be fifth in line to the throne, after its siblings Prince George, who turned four in July and is third, and Princess Charlotte, who celebrated her second birthday in May and is fourth.

Prince Charles is first, Prince William second and Prince Harry now has slipped to sixth in the order to the throne.

Before the birth of Prince George – and affecting babies born after October 28th, 2011 – the rules of male right of primogeniture were removed, meaning that the Cambridge’s first child, regardless of gender, would be destined to be king or queen and that Princess Charlotte won’t be moved down in the line of succession.

The Cambridges, departing from Hamburg on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany in July     Photo: Julian Simmonds/Pool/Getty Images

The Duchess had given a hint of her news in July when, in the early stage of her pregnancy and along with Prince William and their children, they undertook a tour of Poland and Germany. When she was given a stuffed toy for a newborn she jokingly told William: “We will just have to have more babies.”

For months after the birth of Princess Charlotte, rumors were rife in global media over another pregnancy, as was betting in Great Britain. Currently, bookmakers are offering odds of 33-to-1 that the Duchess is pregnant with twins.

Betting is also widespread over the name of the new baby. Topping the list are the kinds of traditional royal names that the couple chose for their first two children: For a girl, Alice is the bookmakers’ favorite, followed by Alexandra. For a boy, James, Arthur or Philip.

Royal observers have repeatedly speculated over the likelihood that the couple would have three children. Kate is one of three, with a sister, Pippa Matthews, and brother, James Middleton.

Her latest public appearance was last week for a tour of Kensington Palace’s White Garden to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death – during which she showed no signs of being unwell.