And so the paparazzi frenzy has started.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge a.k.a. Kate Middleton, 30, is pregnant and is confined at the King Edward VII Hospital in Central London for her extreme morning sickness symptoms.
The official statement from St. James Palace reads:
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
It is common for pregnant women to experience some type of morning sickness, but the duchess is experiencing a rare and more severe form of pregnancy-related nausea called ”Hyperemesis Gravidarum,” which means she is expected to remain in the hospital for days.
The statement adds:
“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”
As Prince William and his wife, Catherine, are under constant media scrutiny, news of the duchess’ pregnancy sent paparazzi camping outside the King Edward VII Hospital. No doubt, given the thirst for anything royalty, the frenzy will continue, if not intensify, in the months to come. Indeed, this royal baby has stolen the spotlight from more mundane news items.
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!