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The Duke of Cambridge, joined by his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Warsaw airport, Poland, for a three day visit to the country. (Picture by Andrew Parsons / i-Images)

It’s Groundhog Day, royal pregnancy edition.

Three years almost to the day after announcing her second pregnancy (Princess Charlotte), Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, announced they are expecting Royal Baby No. 3.

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted by the news.

As with her previous two pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum.

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Like her two previous pregnancies, Kate is again suffering from extreme morning sickness, called Hyperemesis gravidarum. Though hospitalized for a few days when pregnant with Prince George in December 2012, she is being cared for at home at Kensington Palace this time, as was the case with Charlotte.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge view helicopter models H145 and H135 before departing from Hamburg airport after their official visit to Poland and Germany, July 2017 (Photo by Mark Cuthbert)

And like her previous pregnancies, Kate and William were forced to make the announcement earlier than expected because she had to cancel an engagement due to the onset of Hyperemesis gravidarum. Though the royal couple hasn’t revealed when their third child will be born, it’s expected to be an Easter baby, due in April 2018. Speculation about a third child swirled during their official tour of Germany and Poland, especially when Kate joked about it. Others delighted in pointing out that Prince William’s paternity leave could fall in the middle of the World Cup, a bonus for the royal soccer fan.

The new baby will be fifth in line to the throne. And, since Parliament changed the law allowing equal rights to succession, a baby boy will not supplant Charlotte, as Prince Andrew took Princess Anne’s place some six decades before.

ROYAL FAMILY LINE OF SUCCESSION

  1. Prince Charles
  2. Prince William
  3. Prince George
  4. Princess Charlotte
  5. New baby
  6. Prince Harry

Harry, for one, seemed happy to the news that he’s again being shuffled down the line of succession, away from the throne.


The timing comes just as Prince George is about to attend school and the couple announced they were going to have a “busy autumn programme” after the family’s permanent move to Kensington Palace. In anticipation of the increased workload, Kate hired a new private secretary, Catherine Quinn, after Rebecca Priestly (formerly Rebecca Deacon) stepped down. Quinn, the chief operating officer of the Said Business School at Oxford University, brings serious executive experience to Kensington Palace, indicating that Kate would be upping the profile of her duties.

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Kate has been criticized for her light workload, even before the pregnancy announcement. In the seven months of 2017 that ended with the summer break, Kate undertook 80 engagements, averaging just 11 a month until the demanding tour of Poland and Germany.

Her schedule is quieter than that of every other senior member of the royal family, including even Prince Philip, 96, who just announced his retirement from full-time duties.

It remains unclear how much of the new regimen will be put on hold. Obviously Kate’s health comes first, second and third in any work decisions.

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