Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Kate Middleton is pregnant with her third child, Kensington Palace confirms

kate-middleton-pregnant-again-third-child-duchess-cambridge.jpg

The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child, it has been announced.

Kensington Palace released a statement on Monday morning confirming the news.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” said the statement.

“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

The new baby will be fifth in line to the throne, after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

If the latest addition to the Cambridge family is a boy, his arrival will be historic, as he will be the first royal child not to displace his older sister in the line of succession. Until the introduction of new legislation in 2015, boys were always given priority over their sisters in the line to the throne.


Read more: The outfit Kate Middleton takes on every holiday probably isn’t what you think


However, thanks to reform measures known as the Perth Agreement, all royal girl children born after 2011 now hold their place in the line of succession – even if they have younger male siblings.

middleton

Kate Middleton visits the Princess Diana memorial garden at Kensington Gardens on 30 August

The Guardian reports that Middleton cancelled an engagement at a children’s centre in north London on Monday because she is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness.

This was confirmed in the official statement announcing the pregnancy, which said that the “Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace”.


Read more: Kate Middleton opens up about motherhood and mental illness


Middleton experienced similar problems when pregnant with her first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, now aged four and two.

According to NHS Choices, hyperemesis gravidarum “is much worse than the normal nausea and vomiting of pregnancy”, with symptoms including being sick up to 50 times a day, weight loss and low blood pressure.

royals

Princess Charlotte, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge and Prince George in Poland in July

The news of Middleton’s pregnancy comes in a week of milestones for the family. Prince George is due to start primary school on Thursday, at Thomas’s Battersea in London. The school has found itself subject to security concerns after a local resident filmed herself walking through the building unchecked.

Sarah Burnett-Moore told The Telegraph that while she acknowledged that term had yet to start when she entered Thomas’s, it was still worrying that nobody in the building asked her what she was doing there.

“I could have walked in with an IED and set it to go off on Thursday,” she said, adding: “Myself and lots of neighbours are worried about the security implications as the prince’s presence will make the area a target for attacks.”  

It is not yet known how far along Middleton is in her pregnancy. More details as we have them…

Images: Rex Features

Related

rexfeatures_250964c.jpg

Author Hilary Mantel takes aim at compassionate Diana ‘myth’

victoria second series itv date.jpg

The second series of Victoria has an important mental health storyline

kate.jpg

The real reason Kate Middleton carries a clutch bag at all times

More

Andy Murray defends female tennis players – again

Once more proving himself a feminist ally

by Susan Devaney
19 Sep 2017

All the best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Sienna Miller’s backstage abode to Poppy Delevingne’s new look

by Nicola Colyer
19 Sep 2017

Hillary Clinton tweets a killer comeback to Donald Trump – again

After he shares a GIF of himself hitting her with a golf ball

by Susan Devaney
18 Sep 2017

Gossip Girl fans, this is who was originally set to play Serena

Things would have been VERY different…

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Sep 2017

You have to read Lena Waithe’s awe-inspiring Emmy acceptance speech

The Master of None star is the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing

by Moya Crockett
18 Sep 2017

This is what got bleeped out of Elisabeth Moss’ acceptance speech

It’s a sentiment worth sharing…

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Sep 2017

Nicole Kidman takes a stand against domestic violence at 2017 Emmys

“It is a complicated, insidious disease... and it exists far more than we allow ourselves to know”

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Sep 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Chrissy Teigen’s anniversary celebrations to Victoria Beckham’s girls’ night out

by Nicola Colyer
15 Sep 2017

You need to watch this video of Judi Dench rapping with Lethal Bizzle

It’s Judi Dizzle and Lethal Bizzle.

by Moya Crockett
15 Sep 2017

Jennifer Aniston is planning a brand-new career

And it's definitely unexpected

by Sarah Biddlecombe
15 Sep 2017