Monday, 4 September 2017

And Baby Makes Five...The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are Expecting Their Third Child!

Unexpected and happy news! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child!


The news broke this morning when photographers arrived for Kate's engagement with Family Action and were told it had been cancelled out of the blue. As with her previous pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum and will no longer carry out today's engagement at the Hornsey Road Children's Centre today. I imagine tomorrow's embargoed event is off the cards too. Kate is being cared for at Kensington Palace. Rebecca English reports Kate is less than twelve weeks pregnant, once again the announcement had to be made earlier than planned because of the cancelled engagement. It is thought the royal baby will arrive in April/May.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

A statement from Kensington Palace read "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 with the news".

Prince Harry is in Manchester today to visit organisations and projects which are working to support sections of the city's community. He has described the news as "fantastic, brilliant, very, very happy for them". When asked how Kate is, he replied, "I haven't seen her for a while, but I think she's OK".

More from Emily Andrews:

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Clarence House shared this congratulatory tweet.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

Rumours of a third baby have been circulating since Princess Charlotte was born. Some commentators predicted at least one more baby was likely, whilst others thought with the move to London and increased roles, the couple wouldn't have more children. Tellingly, Kensington Palace only noted William would be taking on a full-time schedule of duties, they never specified exactly how Kate's role would change. I suspect this is because the couple were very much hoping to add to their family this year. During the Poland tour in July, Kate was given a present for newborns. She laughed, turned to William and said "We will just have to have more babies".


Of course, we saw Kate last Wednesday with William and Harry at The White Garden, dedicated to the late, Diana, Princess of Wales. The Duchess selected the flowing Prada poppy print dress for the occasion. 


Before that, we saw a glimpse of Kate arrive at Crathie Kirk on Sunday, 20 August, during a week long stay in Balmoral with the royal family. There was a report from Woman's Day claiming Kate had been hospitalised the previous week at King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone. The report claimed she was released the following day. It was never confirmed, nor picked up by reputable media outlets. I asked a reliable royal reporter who thought it was "rubbish". Given the announcement today, I thought it worth mentioning. 

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum is very acute morning sickness, which may require supplementary hydration, medication and nutrients. Pregnancy Sickness Support writes: 'Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum are particularly isolating conditions and women are very often left feeling misunderstood and alone for months on end when housebound'. When Kate was in the early stages of her first pregnancy, the morning sickness was so severe she was hospitalised at King Edward VII hospital.


When Kate's second pregnancy was announced (The Royal Record notes almost exactly three years ago, 8 September 2014) Kate was treated at home at Kensington Palace by the surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen Alan Farthing. Dr. Farthing assisted Marcus Setchell when Kate was expecting George. We didn't see Kate publicly until the 21 October, when she joined William to welcome President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore and his wife Mary Chee Bee Kiang at the start of a four-day state visit to Britain.


The Telegraph posted a video covering what the news means for the line of succession.


The baby will be a Prince or Princess, as The Queen ensured all William's children would become HRHs with fitting titles. The Prince or Princess will be fifth in line to the throne. I imagine the Duchess is once again being treated by Dr. Farthing at KP. Carole Middleton spent the day with Kate. There are photos of her leaving KP available on the Mail Online.

Mail Online

No doubt, these two are looking forward to welcoming a little brother or sister next year :)


Our warmest congratulations to the Cambridge family on the news! Wishing Kate a speedy recovery.

I do expect, if at all possible, Kate will be there for George's first day of school on Thursday. We'll keep you updated as news becomes available!

368 comments:

  1. simone from germany4 September 2017 at 10:47

    Ohhh that's just wonderful. I didn't expect that cause she sufferd so much during her pregnancys, and now she has HG again.
    Congrats for Kate and William , I hope she feels better very soon !!!!

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  2. That is fantastic news! I am ridiculously happy for them. I hope that Kate feels better soon.

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself!!!!! Soooo excited!!!!

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  3. Oh my! Congratulations to William and Kate! I'm totally surprised by this news. I hope that Kate and baby are healthy and well, it must be terrible to suffer with severe morning sickness again.

    Sending my best wishes to them and their family.

    Love Avee in SA

    PS: Is it too early to hope for another little princess? :)

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  4. Wow! This is NOT what I was expecting when opening the blog today! What happy news! Too bad she has to feel ill again though :( Hope she caught it in time so it can be managed and not as bad as it could be!

    I am so very happy for them and look very much forward to another little cambridge :D

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    1. I truly hope it's not as bad as her last pregnancies...there were a few reports last week saying she had been admitted to the hospital, so I hope that is a sign that she is able to manage the sickness better this time around.

      A HUGE congratulations to her and William!!

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    2. I Know Rebecca! I Got a CNN Alert Before I Could Even Open The Blog! So Exciting & So Brave of Her Too! Wow! A Family of 5! (pinch, pinch) I Do Wish Her So Well & Hope That Her HG Passes as Fast as Possible! I'll Feel Better When She's Out of The Woods! So Exciting!
      Becca USA

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    3. congratulations to the Cambridges (and to all of us fans)!! :) I hate that she has to feel so badly especially with PG starting school but I'm sure she'll have lots of help.

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  5. That's unexpected!!!
    I hope she will feel better soon.

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  6. Oh my goodness, what wonderful news! Congratulations and I hope all goes well for them all!

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  7. I was reading up on another subject and there was a short blurb at top in red by CNN. I am in total surprise. I truly thought they would stop with two due to her having awful pregnancy sickness and over seeing two on tours is alot. I am very happy for them as they seem to be such good parents and enjoy so much this big part of their life. I am hoping for another boy then they could opt for a fourth and have a girl lol. Congratulations Duchess Catherine and Duke William.

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    1. If it is a girl this time they could opt for a boy with the fourth. So it does not really matter.

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  8. This is such wonderful news!
    I really did not expect a third pregnancy with her experiencing such horrible morning sickness but it just goes to show what a toughie Catherine is!
    This has made me so happy!
    Congratulations to the family and very best wishes for an EASY pregnancy. :-)

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  9. Wow!! Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess. Such exciting news!!

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  10. hmm i felt coming. Hmm seems the rumours are true congratulation I wish for there them good and healthy pregancy i wiah she could overcome her HG again and its too early to say

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    1. I had a feeling they were going to have another baby Cambridge soon, too :) Congrats to them both!

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    2. I had said on Twitter when it was announced that they were going to Belgium that the last time they went a month later and September the announce that they were expecting Charlotte. I don't know if anybody else made a connection or not I did.

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  11. Congratulations to William and Kate! I cant wait to see if it will be a boy or girl!

    I wonder when the baby is due. With her previous pregnancies, Kensington Palace announced the expected birth month when Kate was about 12 weeks along so hopefully we hear something soon. Also, I hope that she doesn't have to miss George's first day at school due to her illness.

    So many similarities to her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte. Her second pregnancy was also announced in September because she had to cancel an engagement and funny enough it was also announced about a month after they visited Belgium in 2014 :)

    Wishinh Kate a speedy recovery and a healthy baby! :)

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  12. Wow that certainly came as a surprise! A very happy one, of course :)
    I hope Kate feels better soon and is able to accompany George to his first day of school.

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  13. I'm totally surprised,but very happy with the news!❤

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  14. Steph from Canberra4 September 2017 at 11:43

    I am so happy for them! Such wonderful news! I was not hopeful for a third baby after her illness with the other two, and especially more recently with their move to London. But I'm thrilled nonetheless!

    I was in the UK the day George was born, and I remember eating cheese and crackers and drinking wine in the hotel room in the evening as we watched the news and waited. I still have the newspapers I collected the following day!

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  15. Twins are more likely after 35. Just saying. :)

    For a boy: Would naming him after Prince Philip be considered in poor taste? Or can this be done in these circles while the elderly relative is still alive?
    For a girl: Alice would go beautifully with George and Charlotte.

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  16. Now, they really managed to surprise me with these news!! I was totally convinced that with the move to KP and the talk about the "new roles", etc,etc, they would not be planning another child! Wonderful news, though, I´m happy for both of them!
    I keep fingers crossed that Kate will soon feel better, at least it seems to be that "only" the first three months are bad for her, so let´s hope for the best!

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  17. Ana B. from Brazil4 September 2017 at 11:53

    Congratulations to TRH!!!
    Hope Kate feels better soon!!
    It took me by surprise! Didn't think they would have another baby!!

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  18. George Alexander Louis
    Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
    Alice Mary Caroline (after Carole!)

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    1. Love it! Maybe
      Michael Phillip Henry for a boy

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    2. Great Choices for both Boy & Girl! :) If they were to use Phillip.... I'm wondering if they would put it Before Michael? As in:
      Phillip Michael Henry? & I Do Love:
      Alice Mary Caroline! :) With so many great names to choose from They Can't Go Wrong!

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    3. Sooo funny that we are naming the baby already.
      William and Kate would be quite amused at our
      instant eagerness. lol

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    4. Maria Cecília Maia4 September 2017 at 18:17

      It would be better not to name her Mary, since the name means "rebel".

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  19. Yay!! Babies!! I am not surprised at all that they are pregnant. I was not assuming they were but am not surprised at all. I bet that was an awful August for Kate. Let's move to London in the middle of the summer while I am suffering from extreme morning sickness! But, as Eve said, she seems to really only have huge issues in the first trimester and since she looked okay last week, hopefully it's better than previous pregnancies. Also hopefully won't be an issue on Thursday. Knowing my friends reactions, they would have been terribly sad to miss their kid's first day of school.

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  20. Nicole from France4 September 2017 at 12:10

    Funny enough, seeing Kate in Germany and Poland, I thought she might be expecting, she was radiant ! Quite happy for the parents, I hope she will feel good again soon ! After all, the Queen was able to have two babies while being on duty, I do not think Kate is as much busy as the Queen was ! Sorry for George who will not be able to hull his mum's hands on THE day !
    As for a name, if it is a boy, that would be nice to call him John .... it is the name of a Queen's uncle who was a special need child and died at quite a young age, I think it was the Queen's dad who wrote to a friend that this child was quite a good and nice child and that he was sorry for him having died so young, that would be a nice thought even if it is not the first name ......

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  21. Mary in Tennessee4 September 2017 at 12:13

    So exciting!

    I had one child in kindergarten while pregnant with another. Nearly every day someone commented that they were glad it wasn't them. But we will save the "Stupid things people say to pregnant women" list for another day. :-)

    I wonder if Pippa is also pregnant and the news isn't out yet.... I have always thought the Middleton family would enjoy cousins close together.

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    1. That would make a fun read, Mary. ' "Stupid Things
      People Say to Pregnant Women" '.

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  22. I am SO SO happy for them! There may be a tear in my eye! And I'm so proud of Kate being willing to suffer through another pregnancy with HG to give her kids another sibling!! I imagine she can't imagine Charlotte not having a sister or George having a brother like she has with Pippa and William has with Harry!! Having just had my third (my first two are George and Charlottes age) it gets easier bc the older two play together! I will be praying she recovers from HG quickly!!

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    1. congratulations on just recently giving birth yourself, Anna. I join my prayer with yours that HG leaves quickly.

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    2. Anna, I am just about to have my third and my older two are also close to George and Charlotte's ages. I am glad to hear you say it gets a bit easier, as most have been telling me how hard having three is!

      Congratulations to you!

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  23. Maria Cecília Maia4 September 2017 at 12:14

    I am so excited by the news! I would like that the baby would be a boy and that they would call him James, because of King James who unified Britain through the King James Version of the Bible.

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    1. Maria, what a thoughtful tribute that would be for such a glorious contribution made by an English king. James Phillip Michael.

      For a girl, Caroline for her first name would be nice to honor Carole who has put in a lot of effort with George and Charlotte and no doubt William in his early twenties, and, she is a woman who has even earned the friendship of the Queen.

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    2. Maria Cecília Maia4 September 2017 at 18:13

      Surfer girl, I agree. I usually favor the KJV when reading the English Bible. For a girl, I would prefer Alice or Agatha, both names I am very fond of.

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    3. The KJV is my favorite also. :) Is Agatha a royal historical name? :)

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  24. Such wonderful news to wake up to! I hope Kate is feeling better very soon! She's a trooper.

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  25. Mr D, United Kingdom4 September 2017 at 12:22

    Wow What a surprise! Brilliant news. I was just expecting them to knuckle down and embrace the full duties of office this week. Let's hope that Kate feels better soon and can continue with some of her schedule as soon as.
    Its certainly been an emotional few weeks for them and with George starting school this week as well.

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  26. Nica, South Africa4 September 2017 at 12:31

    This is thrilling news. I am so glad for them, and hope that she recovers quickly. I was checking in to see if the engagement had started and saw this news on Twitter instead. Hurray!!

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  27. I had a feeling that the duchess might be pregnant again but I was not sure. This is wonderful news indeed! Congratulations William and Kate! You've made my day! :)

    Elisabeth M. Carcassonne, France

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  28. Wonderful news. Congratulations to them both.

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  29. Oh I'm so excited!!! I was so hoping they would have more. She is such an inspiration

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  30. So are they not going on tour in November?

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    1. Hello,

      There's been no word on that yet. I imagine it will all depend on how Kate feels closer to the time.

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    2. If the pattern of her illness follows the last two I would think she would be over the worst by then so if she's "just normally pregnant" by then I assume it will go on as planned (with some minor changes) :)

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    3. Queen of the South4 September 2017 at 16:35

      I have a feeling she is further along than we think. This weeks engagements have only been announced recently, she could have gotten away with just doing the white garden last week and Georges first day this week and dissapear for another week or two. There would have been some Duchess Do-little articles but thats nothing new. So I think she expected to feel better by now.

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  31. The most wonderful news which I have ever heard.So beautiful and exciting.Monday become happy and unforgattable .The sun is shining althought it is raining.I wish calm time to family and health for Duchess and little girl or boy !Amazing !

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  32. Congratulations to William, Kate and the family.

    I remember thinking in July Kate looks like, she just told William some good news, may be that she is pregnant. She had such glow in that dress, which also happened to win the vote on this blog. The first photo is her, and second photo with the couple.

    http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2017-07-21T10:44:00%2B01:00&max-results=2&start=10&by-date=false

    Kate looked tenderly maternal at The White Garden /KP visit for Diana's anniversary dedication.

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    1. Here is another one from msn.com

      http://img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/AAozRrg.img?h=373&w=624&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f&x=726&y=663

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  33. Julia from Leominster4 September 2017 at 13:23

    At the risk of being controversial - lovely news and I hope no more after this. For the sake of the environment which William once made one of his strongest issues and for the sake of the nation.

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    1. For the sake of the nation? Really?

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    2. Please explain. "For the sake of the nation". I'm confused.

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    3. for the sake of the nation? sorry. I don't understand that comment.

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    4. Julia I don't think that having more than three children causes a huge environmental risk. I think the wealthy/Western style of living--the amount of "stuff" that so many of us acquire, the cars we drive, the food we expect and waste, the traveling we do (raising a guilty hand here) puts much more of a strain on the environment. To say nothing of the endless wars and conflicts that necessitate diplomats jetting around the globe and more military maneuvers. Can I mention Mother Nature here as well? I really don't think Hurricane Harvey was caused by people having more than 3 children [gentle teasing here].

      I don't know what you mean by the second comment "for the sake of the nation." Do you think that Kate's having more than three children will take her attention away from being a Princess/Queen to a point where the Crown will be in jeopardy? QE 2 had four children. Mind you she wasn't as "hands on" a parent and she didn't suffer from HG during her pregnancies. My daughter has four children--she stopped at four. It seems like more at her house because there are always friends over. She works half time, volunteers in schools and at church, takes the kids to soccer games, ballet, band. And she has no nanny as Kate will have. And she and her husband, who works for Homeland Security and works 50+ hours/week outside the home are as devoted to their children as W & K are. I don't think it is the number of children that will tell the tale for W & K, it is their attitude toward their duties. She could be just as "work shy" (not that I personally think she is, I am just using a term that many have used) with 2 or 3 children as with 4 or, if it is demanded on them by a previously undemanding Queen and Prince Charles, she could pitch right in. Once the HG is gone. She's done it before--once she felt better, she started taking on duties again. So, no, I don't think the environment or the nation will be affected by Kate's having more than 3 children. It may be affected if Kim Jong-un isn't stopped and that is far more worrying to me. And the environment may be affected in the UK if the gov't can't sort this Brexit thing out.

      Jo, who has changed her moniker from Ireland as she sadly bids farewell to the Emerald Isle. Since we are now becoming "people without a home" I am just going to sign myself "in the world."

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    5. Julia,
      Although I appreciate your honesty to reveal your thoughts, I defer on it. There is a huge generation gap between the senior royals and the children of William and Kate. Twenty five years from now, the most visible and senior royals will be William, Kate, Harry and their descendants. All the wealth and responsibility will be transferred to them. By then, there will not be QE and PP, or for that matter, Charles will be almost 100 years old. In a way, this family is starting future of BRF from the grounds up generation wise. I hope they will round off to four children. It was having four children which extended the queen’s family.

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    6. I always find this to be such a strange sentiment. That people should not continue having "extra" children, or something. Of course, it's always focused on *someone else* not having their third (or second, or fourth or whatever) child. I'm sure you've never thought that maybe your parents should not have had you. You know, "for the sake of the nation."

      Many congratulations to Kate and her family. I do hope she feels better!

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    7. What a sad and bitter comment. Yes, a third child is certainly an environmental strain. Perhaps the U.K. should adopt China's one child policy. Smh

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    8. Julia from Leominster4 September 2017 at 15:21

      It's becoming important - in fact in many people's minds, it's seriously overdue - for William and Kate to start to make their mark on the nation - that has been the reason for the announcements of increased schedules, the promised active autumn, the new staff, the move to London - coinciding with Philip's retirement.

      If Kate had healthy pregnancies - and I know about HG - I've had two close friends who suffered from it - both more seriously than Kate - through their whole pregnancies and they had to work even though one was in and out of hospital! If there wasn't the issue of maternity leave - and Kate obviously needs time off even though she hasn't ever worked enough to qualify for legal maternity leave - if the children weren't used as an excuse for the very light schedules in the past - I wouldn't have said for the sake of the nation - barring the environmental issue.

      The environmental issue comes from Prince Charles saying families would do well to limit to two children to curb overpopulation. William has embraced the environmental issue (and said he thought two was a good number of children.) Should there be a fourth, - much like the shooting - his environmental sincerity will be called into question. I should add I have no issues with big families myself - this was Charles' statement, not mine.

      Already today there are comments that Kate was bound to fall pregnant when someone suggested increased work - she hates royal work that much - that H.G. will stop her from doing engagements, but not things she wants to like taking George to school. So I don't think the buzz and excitement outside of ardent Kate supporters (which I don't count myself, I'm a royalist) is going to be so great and cynicism is increasing.

      I expected a third pregnancy -- so I say lovely, but I do expect more out of William and Kate than in the past - and I do hope they stop at three unless they are prepared to take on a full time schedule with parenthood, and I don't believe that's wise either.

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    9. I am very happy for the Cambridges, as they obviously thrive on family. Probably Julia means that if all goes well, Kate will be away from public duties for a couple of months now and for half a year of maternity leave in 2018. But babies bring loving attention and obviously make her happy, which is also good.

      It's a bit interesting that today's engagement was to concern perinatal mental health, for which Kate has previously shown concern. Her own experiences are perhaps a motivation.

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    10. Julia from Leominster- from a frequent viewer but rather infrequent commenter( "Oliver UK"), I couldn't agree more and I won't let you be the lone dissenting opinion here, either. Frankly, given William and Harry's environmental concerns , like you , I find it odd- exceeding the "two children quota" to carry on when the parents are gone. To be honest, I am moderately shocked- as I really did think they'd called it a day- and I was imagining that they were actually sensitive to how more would be perceived.

      In Sweden, where I have lived, there were, in the upper middle class world there ( if it can be called that) a rather vulgar habit of displaying wealth by having three or more children ( it being a very expensive country simply to live as it is). Yes, that sounds utterly horrid, but its true. I know several families personally, that were as in to having their " token third and fourth" children - for hardly a more noble reason than to show that they were wealthy enough to do so!

      Now, this surely is not the case here- as it is abundantly clear that the Cambridges could have many children without financial stress- but in modern times with the environmental concerns as they are (especially here in Europe, where we are in tune with that issue) - it can be perceived poorly.

      I do think it was always discussed they wanted a number of children, and I might find if they are going for 3 - that indeed they might go for 4- and now- to be honest, that wouldn't surprise me. If that is what they desire- and we know they can afford it- then indeed I'm happy for them. Many, many others do not have that financial option in this world. Having a large royal family is not perceived in this country as being something that tax- payers would like to assume that they are paying for- ( even if they are privately funded and/or the children wind up making their own way in the world in the future.) I think it might not play out so well in today's society with the royal family going forward.

      And with that, I'll leave it. I'm sure I've said way too much, but couldn't stand you to be the lone dissenter here.

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    11. I didn't understand that comment either, Julia.

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    12. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 17:18

      Every extra person born into this world is another human being who will require a vast amount of resources throughout their life; resources of which many the earth does not have enough of, or cannot provide a sufficient amount of without serious plundering. Overpopulation is a HUGE concern - our energy use alone will doom us as of now. Also I don't think it's fair to scoff at Julia's opinion when the British government just this year decided to stop providing tax credits to parents for every child child they have after their first 2, unless the parent can prove that they have been raped (I know the last part especially sounds like an Onion article but it's sadly not satire). The government won't help out most common families after their first 2 children, but any child of the royals, even after the first 2, will always receive government subsidization. These are all resources that could be going somewhere else. Especially things like energy and food demand. And it adds up. Obviously Kate and William's decision alone will have no effect on resource shortages and resulting environmental crises, but the point is that 1. As people in leadership positions, they should set a standard and 2. They should esp set a standard when their whole family has been pushing environmental concern on the whole world. So again, I don't think all this indignance (my spellcheck says this isn't a word but I'm using it anyways :P) is very fair.

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    13. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 17:29

      Also, in regards to Julia's point about workload - most people do have to consider their jobs when deciding when or even if to get pregnant. The palace has said she will "continue to increase" her royal work this autumn starting now....in fact they said it again just a week ago or even less (while the Cambridges presumably already knew she was pregnant w/ a history of HG, which usually comes back). They've already been given a tremendous amount of leeway, while being allowed to enjoy all the perks of their "job." Planning a pregnancy for now is them actively deciding they don't care if Kate doesn't do her promised increase in charity work (and increase promised many times before and not lived up to time and time again). Now, if Kate really wanted a 3rd child, I do understand that with her age, it needed to happen sooner rather than later (perhaps a reason William was selfish to wait so long to propose). Although, there are many people who are unable to have as many children as they want, for logistical reasons such as this. But fine, I won't begrudge anyone who has the luxury of being able to do as they wish. Still, if they were planning a pregnancy for the fall, then why have such a light workload throughout late spring and the summer except for the short tour?!!? Along with already having most of her time to herself and her family, Kate went basically an entire month after Pippa's wedding without a single royal engagement. And even when she "came back", it was for very few things, and all mostly ceremonial. And of course the traditional entire month of August off. She is well aware a pregnancy makes it very likely she will be out of commission for a while at the beginning. And of course she won't compromise on things like maternity leave. So why not at least have a solid workload before the fall?!

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    14. I made the comment below about the fall schedule announcement too, Maggie. Why announce that engagements will be stepped up for the DoC when everyone knew she would not be able to do it? Creates bad feelings imo, however happy the announcement.

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    15. Please don't be so negative. If you don't want children or more then 2 that's your choice. If they want more also

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    16. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 18:33

      Tinneke - it's not a personal choice when it can impact the whole world....and especially when members of the royal family have already pushed the whole world to transition to more environmentally sustainable practices. Anyways, I don't find the 3rd child aspect to be a huge deal personally, but did think that Julia's original point did not deserve such a strong negative reaction, given that it's both environmentally true and also something the royals themselves have pushed for.

      I do find the announced increase in workload frustrating.
      Erika, at this point I think it's just what we should expect from KP. Honestly, my guess is that their advisors didn't even know she's pregnant, so absent a clear signal from the Cambridges, they wouldn't even know that a change of course is needed. I think this because it's been said that during Kate's past pregnancies, or at least w/ George, the Cambridges wouldn't even share the exact due date with their press office (which is partially what led to that loooooong wait in the heat for all the media outside the hospital).

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    17. You are all right to say it is their decision how many kids they want. Certainly, it is not a question of money, unlike for many in the real world.

      But I understand Julia's and others frustration or disappointment or shock whatever you call it.

      I also would like to say I read and follow Julia's ccomments for a really long time, and the last she deserves is name calling and bitchy comments. Disagree with her as you please, but leave it that there.

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    18. My god. The decision on whether to have more children is a decision strictly between Kate and William. Point blank period and the end. I would hope we've moved beyond the Henry VIII days when a royal wife's only value was how many heirs she could produce but I guess not, because people still feel entitled to chime in on such a personal decision.

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    19. All this psychoanalysis is tiring. They are a married couple having another baby. They don't need to explain their logic, timing, purpose, strategy, or wishes.

      I wish the Duchess well with her pregnancy and hope for a healthy baby.

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    20. I think that Julia had pretty good reasons for her comment, as she explained above. There is no need to get all on a high horse and start calling her names without understanding why she said what she did.
      I am happy that Kate and William can have a third. I personally had to stop at two because of hits to my career each maternity leave brought. I wish I could have taken a third leave without losing a few years of my career. So in a way I am both happy and envious of Kate. I do understand the feeling of your family being "complete" and you need to do what you can to get there.
      That said, what Kate, Maggie and Oliver bring up are absolutely valid points. Their actions need to match up to their words.

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    21. Yeah I feel the same way about the announcements as Erika. What in the devil's name was that announcement for if all along she had planned on having more kids. They should have been a bit more transparent on their plans. Anyway, I don't expect much from Kate. She will work when she wants and how much she wants. It will be interesting if she decides to emerge from hiding to take George to school.

      So this is a question for the ladies with HG. HG is a generic name. Any kind of nausea is called HG. I am sort of astonished that she completely cancels her days' plans for HG. I had HG from weeks 6-14 both times and it was nothing a few Zofrans wouldn't fix. I would take up to 4 day and sometimes more almost 4 or 5 days a week for weeks on end. And get on with my day. Did some of you have HG that Zofran would not help with?

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    22. I offer blessings to the Cambridges for a healthy and happy baby to join their two beautiful children. I am perplexed by the Kensington press releases touting the new, full time royal duties of Prince William, and the relocation to London. I do not know if the PR was the same for Kate.

      They are blessed with amazing support in their lives. I believe their resources allow for every conceivable need they may have in order to allow them to excel at their royal duties, and have a fulfilling family life.
      So this brings me to the point of how this new blessing impacts their work and duties as members of the royal family? In my opinion, it is disingenuous for KP to announce their work schedule for the fall knowing that Kate was expecting, as I assume was the case.

      I am not judgmental as to HG or other medical conditions that Kate may have to endure, as many pregnant women experience without support or acknowledgement. But after 2 children and her "difficult " pregnancies,
      I am disappointed that she has not used her experiences to positively shed light on pregnancy health issues for other women less fortunate than Kate, who is entitled to the best medical care, support system and freedom to define her own role as a member of the royal family.

      With privilege comes responsibility, in my humble opinion.

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    23. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 21:12

      Rosman, in regards to your question about HG - the problem is that the line where things like nausea, vomiting, dehydration, etc, go from morning sickness to HG is very unclear and also undecided. So, different doctors will use different determinations for deciding when to diagnose with HG. Unfortunately, while it sounds like maybe your doctor is was someone who more willingly calls something HG (obviously I can't know this...it's just based on your comment about popping some Zofrans working), most doctors tend to just call it all morning sickness, and thus ignore some incredibly difficult suffering that a lot of women have to go through. Here's the basic *general*-ish guideline(s) for the difference between general nausea/morning sickness vs HG (although even this is vague and also not all doctors follow them):
      -morning sickness may cause vomiting, but a lot of times can be a ton of nausea that sometimes actually leads to throwing up whereas HG is more consistently vomiting. Also with morning sickness, even when vomiting does occur, it isn't enough to threaten things like dehydration - now obviously any throwing up can cause dehydration if you don't account for it and rehydrate, but with HG, it's bad enough that sometimes usual rehydration via trying to drink more water doesn't work and that's when you might need an IV. Some people also say morning sickness ends after the first trimester whereas HG continues, although for a lot of others, that's not true based on many diagnosed with HG who feel better after the first trimester (like Kate for example).
      It's impossible to say if the royal doctors are more willing to diagnose with HG, and so Kate's experience is not the horror stories many others have mentioned in the press, or if it's just as bad for her. Although, it will never be as bad for her in some crucial ways in that she has access to the best medical care, which she even has the luxury of being able to receive at home. If you are prepared ahead of time, and have enough money to pay for the best treatments, then you can at least know it won't ultimately end up threatening to hurt the health of mother or baby, and in many case, it means the nausea and vomiting and all the awfulness that comes with that can be dampened down as well. BUT, given that there's a huge stigma against diagnosing women with really, really severe "morning sickness" as having HG (bc doctors/society basically think moms should buck up bc everyone has to go through morning sickness and its just a part of pregnancy), and how much that has led to some incredible suffering, perhaps unnecessary abortions, and people wanting to have another child but feeling like they can't...given all that, I think it's really important that with anyone diagnosed with HG, but in many ways especially Kate bc she inadvertently brought HG to the spotlight, people should err on the side of assuming that it's really quite awful for her. Because doing the opposite has been such a huge problem for so long. And it's not just doctors - people struggle to get time off from their jobs bc their bosses also scoff at the idea that something that sounds like "morning sickness" could be this bad.

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    24. Maggie to clarify - I did have severe nausea day after day. Zofran helped keep water and food down. But I still felt god awful. The first time it happened was on thanksgiving day. Hubby and I drove on thanksgiving morning to family and it was the worst trip of my life. I really felt I was dying. I don't know why we didn't turn back.. must have been extra stupid then. I was around 8 weeks pregnant. I threw up so severely the whole day I had to be hospitalized that night with an IV. It was worse because the whole house was full of siblings, aunts, friends of my parents that I didn't know and everyone looked strangely at me and clearly wanted to know what was going on. Just ridiculous situation. But from the next day on the zofran kept the food down even if I felt bad, lost weight like crazy the first trimester and basically just plodded on.
      Thanks for the clarification. I understand where you are coming from with regards to terminology and compassion and erring on the side of benefit of doubt. But I think that I'm interested to see what she does on George's first day of school.

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    25. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 21:37

      Also (omg sorry for the essay lol), I don't think it would be hypocritical of Kate to make it to George's first day of school while canceling engagements, or prove anything about her work ethic. It's her child's (and in this case her firstborn!) very first day of real school...it's a huge milestone for any mother, and I think it's understandable if a mother would be willing to go through some serious nausea and vomiting in a 30 min car ride in order to experience the first day of school with their child, while not being willing to do the same for their job (although I don't think mothers *have* to feel this way!) - I do think that most mothers don't have the luxury of getting to choose to fight through the illness for family affairs but not their job, but the problem there is not that they want to, but that they can't. I obviously think Kate needs to step up her work in general, and if she can do lots of family things and still no duties, then that would imply she could do more work, but this is a special occasion and for things like that, I don't begrudge her the privilege of being royalty and thus being able to make choices that other women can't (I do wish she would just recognize that privilege by giving back via royal duties at other times >>).

      Also to be fair, in this case bc her son is a future King, it's not just a family milestone but a national one of sorts, and thus is a historic event that people (like us!) have been expecting family pictures from...so it's not just about family in this case. Plus, with just one photographer who has probably given them full control over picture selection, if she needs to duck away and run to a trashcan or something, she can do so with at least more privacy than actual engagements, where she would be photographed and ppl would talk about it and such.

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    26. Forgive me if this reply is disjointed as I am on my phone. I had HG with each of my 3 pregnancies. Zofran didn't do a thing for me. Sometimes, and only occasionally, promethazine suppositories helped end the constant vomiting. I still couldn't keep things down. In my first pregnancy I lost 21 pounds in less than 5 weeks. I was in hospital three times in those 5 weeks for hydration and also had an IV at home twice in that same period. It was before FMLA AND I was fired for missing too much work. It was horrendous. It didn't get much better after that first chunk but we had a better idea of what we were dealing with and a better treatment plan. I was miserable and sick well into my 3rd trimester.

      Then I did it again. Twice more. You don't forget the miserable times but the baby snuggles temper the memory. The 2nd and 3rd times were easier because we went in knowing what I needed to do to help and proactive hydration is so much better than reactive hydration.

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    27. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 22:48

      Rosman - I'm sorry, I actually originally wrote more on your HG but then my comment was too long and I meant to delete something else but accidentally deleted this instead - I wanted (and still want) to be clear that the only reason I said it sounded like your doctor more willingly diagnoses something to be HG (which isn't a bad thing! more women could use that) is just because the original description of Zofran making you feel fine (in hindsight that's not quite what you said) sounded like something a lot of doctors might not then diagnose as HG (bc it's more easily treatable than some HG). But I'm sorry that my post made it sound like I was trying to minimize your own suffering with HG. Your experience sounds awful, and seriously, you sound very badass for "plodding on."
      If we're being honest, with the top-notch medical care Kate has access to, she could probably begin "plodding on" earlier than she usually chooses to (esp her first pregnancy when she was out shopping all the time and also able to fly to the Caribbean for a vacation all before she felt ready to come back to work), but ultimately she is a royal and they have the privilege of not having their incomes threatened if they choose to "take it easy" instead - take it easy being in quotes bc of course in this case she isn't just jumping around at home per say and maybe is still feeling weak and lightly nauseous and such. But yes, at some point earlier than she chooses to come back to work, most people would probably reasonably be able to with her medical care. I'm sure part of it has always been William going out of his way to make sure there is nothing even resembling pressure on Kate.

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    28. Maggie - no need to apologize. I didn't read it as you minimizing my suffering at all. And honestly as my husband and I say if our worst experiences in life are things like having a bad car ride once in a while that probably means we lead pretty privileged lives !
      Courtney - my goodness. That sounds excruciating. Hats off to you for doing it three times. You are a brave woman. I can't really say that I experienced anything near this..my nausea sounds like a walk in the park compared to this. I hope Kate has a version that is much closer to mine than yours. FWIW it sounds as if it is, because she is up and about flying to the Caribbean at 5 months and shopping endlessly at 7 months. So I don't think she suffers even a tiny fraction of what you describe.

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    29. Thank you Julia Oliver and Maggie for very meaningful and thought provoking posts. Excellent discussions. I too agree.

      Thank you Maggie for the definition of HG.

      Hope this does not double post.

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  34. What a surprise, and what wonderful news. Wishing the Duchess all the best, and a healthy baby. She is a real trooper going through the misery of HG again. Congratulations to the Cambridge family.

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  35. Oh what a lovely start to the week! Happy happy news! Hope the Duchess is able to rest and enjoy this pregnancy as much as possible! :)

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    1. So that lends validity to the reports of a hospital visit the week of August 12 as you mentioned Charlotte. Amazing they kept the visit even that low key that only a couple of reports surfaced at that time.
      Hopefully the HG will be gone as she goes into her second trimester.

      💐🍼 🎉 Congratulations William & Kate 🎉 🍼💐

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  36. Sarah from North Carolina4 September 2017 at 13:56

    I'm delighted for the Cambridge family. I admit that I suspected they would announce a third pregnancy soon, and I thought it would likely be this month. William and Kate are wonderful parents and I am so happy for them. I hope that Kate can take things easy for a while, so that the focus can be on her health and the baby's health. I'm glad that she is able to receive necessary medical care at KP, so that she can be in the privacy and comfort of her home. I'm sure William is a tremendous support for her. I would love to know what George and Charlotte's reaction has been to the news of a sibling. It is always an adjustment for every child, but William and Kate will prepare them well. Now, what would make this autumn extra special would be for Harry and Meghan to announce their engagement!

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    1. Sarah from North Carolina4 September 2017 at 14:40

      I've often thought how helpful it could be for Kate to become patron of an organisation that focuses on raising awareness about Hyperemesis Gravidarum and provides support for mothers suffering from it. Her personal experience, empathy, and compassion would be supportive to mothers enduring HG. In addition to the physical toll of HG, there can be a definite toll on the mother's mental health too. One can feel very isolated, anxious, and depressed. It's hard to find "joy" in the pregnancy when the mother is violently ill, and some women suffer from HG throughout the entire 9 months. I know there are only a small number of organizations that provide information and support for HG, but just as with mental health issues, HG is not openly discussed and has its own stereotypes and stigma. I hope that changes and even if Kate is never patron of this cause, perhaps she will find her own way to reach out to mothers who know the struggle and severity of HG. I wouldn't be surprised if she's already found a way to do so, and maybe has found support herself from other mothers.

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    2. Last comment from me on this thread. I understand how friends in this list are disappointed by the juxtaposition of the announcement of "increased duties" and a problematic pregnancy. The timing is unfortunate for those who want to see more of Kate and who felt they would be seeing more of her now based on what KP said. But both William and Harry are out there more than ever so for many royalists, that will outweigh Kate's situation. And despite Kate loving children there is a very real possibility that this pregnancy was a surprise. She is going to be miserable for several weeks now and I have only sympathy for her.

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    3. Jo in the world, hugs. I hope you feel at home somewhere again very soon. x

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    4. Sarah from NC..I too was so hopeful that Kate would discuss her HG etc....but I think this area might get a little too personal for their perceived privacy and secrecy. I have been a little surprised that Harry and William just this year were as revealing as they were. Maybe in time she will.

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  37. Congratulations to William and Catherine. Hope she feels better soon.

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  38. My daughter told me about it this morning before I'd gotten a chance to get online so I was upset I found it out from her rather than through this blog! But, that disappointment aside, I am so excited and happy for William and Kate! I will be in London next April so hopefully the new little prince or princess will arrive while I am there!

    I've been hoping for this news for awhile, especially since July, when Kate said what she did to William about having another baby. I didn't think at the time that she would say that if having a third was totally off the table. I was thinking that perhaps she was even pregnant at that time.

    Hoping for another little Princess!

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  39. Hooray for happy news! They are such a lovely family, and it will be wonderful to have another Cambridge to look forward to. Assuming she's about 4-6 weeks along (when HG usually starts to kick in), baby #3 will have a birthday close to Charlotte's. Fun to imagine the flurry of birthday celebration activities in their home in the years to come.

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  40. So Meghan is still in London and she and Harry are having a weekend away. IF they were going to announce an engagement, they may have held off because of the birth announcement so there is a remote possibility an engagement announcement might be made on the 15th, Harry's birthday. Just maybe. :)

    I agree that a pregnancy announcement from Pippa would be nice so the girls could experience being pregnant at the same time and so the children would be the same age and grow up together.

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  41. Such fabulous news to wake up to!!! Congratulations to William and Kate!!! Many prayers for Kate to feel better and a healthy baby. So very exciting for George and Charlotte too! Let the betting and anticipation begin....PRINCE OR PRINCESS???

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  42. Jessica in Los Angeles4 September 2017 at 15:03

    How exciting!!! I'm so genuinely happy for them! There have been many appearances in the past 6 months that I've wondered if she was pregnant, but I think this is probably very recent news given how she suffers with HG so early on. I think she's just someone with a beautiful natural glow!! They seem to be such wonderful parents, and I think it's wonderful to add more blessing and joy to the family like this.

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  43. How wonderful! I had thought they might add a third down the line, and how lovely that they are! I'm expecting my third in a month; my mom jokes that Kate "copies" me by getting pregnant after I do, and having a boy first and then a girl. I'm sure this will add fuel to her fire. :-)

    I certainly wish Kate a speedy recovery from HG, and hope she can see Prince George off on Thursday (my boy starts his first day of preschool Friday!). Best wishes for an (otherwise) healthy and easy pregnancy!

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  44. I KNEW it.....CONGRATULATIONS to the happy Cambridge family. The Duchess of Cambridge's comment, while on tour, mentioning having more babies, to me, was a hint of another child. Again, CONGRATULATIONS to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their children. May the Duchess of Cambridge deliver with a healthy child.

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  45. Trixie in North Carolina4 September 2017 at 15:13

    I have been suspecting this for a while this summer. Kate has face has seemed fuller and rounder to me. I am very very happy for them! It shows you what are dear Kate is made of. Very strong woman to put herself aside to build her family with William!! I admire her greatly.

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  46. What a wonderful news!!
    I was scrolling my twitter timeline and I saw the tweet from a reporter stating that Kate had cancelled her engagement today. I thought: "the last time she did that, she was pregnant with Charlotte and it was on September 8th 2014". I didn't want to jump to conclusions without knowing more, but I was so excited I had to share my thoughts on twitter. Well, minutes later the Palace announced that Kate is expecting! I couldn't believe that! What an incredible, exciting, great news on this monday morning!
    I hope the Duchess will get better soon.
    I can't believe people are trying to use this wonderful news against Kate and the fact that it was said she would have been more busy with her royal role. This is such an amazing news we should all be happy, relaxed and enjoy these royal baby watching months as much as possible.
    I wish the Duke and the Duchess and their wonderful children the best.
    I hope the Duchess will be able to accompany Prince George at school on his first day, I imagine this is a very important milestone for his life and I imagine Kate would love to be able to be with him.

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  47. Exciting. So happy for Kate and William. Woke up this morning and was watching the news when I saw it comes across the screen. I so hope that her sickness is not acute and manageable. Excited that we'll get to see some of her lovely pregnancy fashion again.

    Also wondering if we'll hear that Pippa is pregnant soon. It would be wonderful for them to have the children close together.

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  48. This is wonderful news! Much congratulations to the whole family. I do hope Kate is feeling up to George's first day of school. It's a special day for him and I'd hate to see her have to miss it. I would completely understand if we don't see photos of her with him if she's not up to it but hopefully she'll be there.

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  49. Oh what great and unexpected news! So happy for them 💕

    Didn't expect it with the move to London, George starting school and the increase in engagements. Thought maybe baby number 3 and 4 in a few years.

    However, big surprise! ❤

    Hope she will feel better soon and enjoy pregnancy!

    Charlotte, did you suspect anything? I watched back the photos from the white garden and for me she didn't look pregnant (pregnancy glow, tired face because of nausea etc). To me she looked as always.

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  50. Wonderful, wonderful news! For the sake of the children, I think the more siblings the better. I admire Kate for many reasons, one of which is the fortitude she must possess to willingly go through these difficult pregnancies.

    I looked back at the pictures from their visit to The White Garden to see if she was showing at all; to my eye she still looks as slim as ever. Wow!

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  51. This is great news! Does this mean she was pregnant in Poland and Germany? Does anyone remember if Kate tried any of the local alcoholic drinks there? I remember William tried something in a public square but I can't remember if Kate did. At the time I thought she might be pregnant but then I thought no because they were trying local liqueurs.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 17:35

      She toasted with what looked like wine at the garden parties and took sips. It's entirely possible they were trying then and she wasn't pregnant yet, or she didn't know yet. Really any sips aren't going to hurt anything, but I would be surprised if she knew she was pregnant and still chose wine just because of the public nature of such a decision and the likelihood of someone criticizing later.

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  52. What lovely news to wake up to on this side of the pond! I certainly wasn’t expecting it, and sincerely hope that the Duchess doesn’t suffer as much this time from that horrid HG. I liked the names that were suggested in the earlier posts, and if we have a new little prince, I thought the inclusion of “John” was a thoughtful and poignant one. Congratulations to the whole family!

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  53. I am so beyond excited!!!!! I also feel so badly for her that she is experiencing HG again. I hope she feels much better soon and is able to take George to his first day of school. I greatly admire her for having a third child with the probable knowledge that she would experience this sickness again. It must be awful, but at the same time she and William must be so thrilled with the great news!!
    I have a question about the Prince/Princess titles. I have been reading books about Queen Mary and it seemed that back then the titles of Prince and Princess were more freely give than they are now, or maybe I just misunderstood what I was reading. There are so many names and titles in those books that I have to keep a list not to get confused.

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    1. The Queen made it so that all of William and Kate's children are automatically styled HRH and Princes and Princesses.

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  54. This is such great news!! I woke up and read this on twitter as a repost of dailymail news and I thought its just DM so it may be just hearsay and gossip. But then I scooted over to our blog and sure enough,,,Charlotte confirmed the great news! I hope it's a girl :-)) Congratulations Will & Kate!!

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  55. I had HG for the entire nine months and while I am thrilled as a Royal follower about the new baby my heart goes out to Kate.

    She is tougher than I was - one bout of HG was enough for me. Luckily, I had a perfect & healthy daughter, which is what I prayed for, so I stopped with one.


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  56. Wow I was not expecting this at all! How exciting for them! I wonder how this will impact Kate's duties going forward. I assumed she'd be going full-time royal with William, but maybe not.

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    1. Yeah no.. I would not assume that at all. I think she will chug along with 40-45 working days a year. All with new outfits for each day.. LOL.

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  57. Yay so happy for William and Kate. I really hope she feels well enough on Thursday to drop Prince George off to school.

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  58. What a great surprise!!! I would have bet anything they were doemne with two; I'm happy to have been wrong.

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  59. Oh, what wonderful news! Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess!!! Can’t wait to see if there will be a little Prince or Princess! Plus all the names to pick from! Hope the Duchess is feeling better soon.

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  60. Wow! I am so shocked. I expected them to have a third but not now with being newly full time at KP, George starting school and a busy fall schedule being announced. I love royal babies as, I think, it keeps interest in the family high and breaks up the monotony and predictability of the royal year. They will be a gorgeous family of five. However, why oh why announce plans for a busy fall schedule just last week when she was obviously already pregnant. It seems disingenuous to me as we all know she can not work during her first trimester.

    Agree with Charlotte and others that the announcement gives validity to the Australian media hospitalization claim. Also explains why she looked under the weather at Balmoral.

    Well here's to baby Cambridge #3! Hope all goes well for both baby and mom.

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    1. Some pointed out that it was only said about William, and considering that HG can arrive very early (sometime it's the womans first sign she's even pregnant!) they might not have known she was!

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 18:26

      Rebecca, while it's true that the Palace only said William would be going full-time, in the press release they sent just last week about a "busy autumn", they included both Cambridges and Harry when saying they would all be continuing to increase their work for the Queen, and would have a busy autumn. Between HG now and maternity leave/focusing on motherhood later, it's hard to see how Kate will suddenly increase her overall royal workload. Even the "busy autumn" seems questionable - although KP's definition of busy has always been rather suspect lol.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 18:28

      Also when she was pregnant with Charlotte, within hours of the initial announcement, Palace sources made it clear that the Cambridges had only just found out very recently themselves...which makes me think that the fact that they aren't saying so this time means they knew. And even if they didn't know she was pregnant yet, if they were trying, then presumably the increase in workload would still be impossible, even if the pregnancy happened a little later.

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    4. That could be true, Rebecca. She could be following a completely different pattern than with her fist two pregnancies. If it is announced that she will have a May/June baby, then the HG has hit here much sooner. If the baby comes earlier, however, she will be following a similar pattern and she would have known that she would have to be out all fall.

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    5. As I said, they might not even had know that she was pregnant. And also, after her HG she has both pregnancies kept up schedules similar since before the pregnancy so I would think the rest of the autumn will still be as planned (if her pregnancy progresses similarly to her previous ones)

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    6. Erika

      I agree 100%. That was my thought exactly. The expectations they created fell flat again.

      While it is a marvellous and happy news for the family, I guess we need to wait till the end of our days to see Kate step up her game.

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    7. Trying is not the same as conceiving, Maggie. I doubt they would clear the fall when trying. For all they knew it could take over a year. Most people don't pause life when trying for a baby since you can't know when (or even if) you will conceive.

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    8. Erika all pregnancies are different so how would anyone be able to gage if her baby comes earlier it would follow a similar pattern. Have you ever had that sickness? I dont think unless we have had hg then we should not just assume that things would be similar. I had two children and both preganancies were different and I felt completely different and was nauseas more but couldn't possibly say it was similar.

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      agree 100% That is what I also thought

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 20:47

      Rebecca - I'm not saying she needs to put her life on hold. I'm saying that she shouldn't make promises that she knows she cannot keep if if all goes as planned. Especially since given that they managed to have two children in short succession and towards the beginning of their marriage, it honestly doesn't seem like there's a reason to expect issues with conceiving (don't want to get too personal with this, just saying they had kids pretty fast when they wanted to, it seems). Why not plan on doing engagements until trying for a baby succeeds and Kate has conceived, but do the engagements WITHOUT saying multiple times (including less than a week ago!!!) that Kate plans on stepping up with royal duties along with her husband and brother-in-law. Why make the promise you *want* to break? Feels like it was a PR thing, and not genuine is all. And if this just happened once, I wouldn't think any of this. But it's becoming a KP habit of sorts to promise more engagements and then it not happening. And really, my biggest thing is why not do more engagements before beginning to try for a baby again, instead of having a summer that, aside from the short tour, was even lighter than usual! Since December, it's been hype about moving to London and stepping up (even if not full-time for Kate, still increasing her workload)....I just feel like there was this huge buildup that oh finally the Cambridges are accepting their destiny....and then the promise of regular royal duties fell off a cliff before it ever got started. Again, she could legitimately try to increase her engagements until conceiving, but choose not to promise that knowing that there's a huge chance she wouldn't be able to follow through.

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    11. Anon 19:32, you misunderstood what I said. George and Charlotte's pregnancies followed the same pattern pretty much. The HG hit at similar times and she was out of action for approximately the same amount of time. If this pregnancy is following the same pattern, Kate would have known she was pregnant before last week's announcement of a busy fall schedule was announced. If the HG is starting sooner and Kate just found out she is pregnant, then I get the announcement being made. That's all I was saying.

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    12. I also agree with you, Anett. I'm happy they're having another child, but I just don't see Kate stepping up her workload anytime soon...if ever.

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    13. I also agree with Maggie, Anett and Kiwi Gal - she never will increase her work. She has the gig of a lifetime. Why would she.

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    14. I hope that Kate feels better very soon and has an uncomplicated pregnancy going forward, as she appeared to have with George and especially Charlotte.

      I have another possibility with regards to why the busy autumn announcement. I would not be at all surprised that William and Kate did not tell anyone, even their staff. William is apparently quite fraught that things will get leaked to the media. So the staff either (a) made the statement and William didn't know, or (b) he let them go ahead with it. Hopefully, *he* will have a busy autumn!

      If Kate does not volunteer to be patron of an organisation that helps women with HG I will be disappointed. If there is one thing that she knows about from personal experience it is that. And being patron of an organization would help so many women who are seriously debilitated with it and have people rolling their eyes and telling them to eat crackers and drink ginger ale. That is the power of her position and I hope she uses it.

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  61. Hello, Charisseny from the US here (I don't comment much). This is lovely news although of course I worry about poor Kate suffering again. I know she'll be well cared for. One question: does this make it easier for Harry to marry Meghan? (I thought I remembered something about it requiring special approval if you are in the 1st-to-5th order of succession.)

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    2. No, Harry will still need permission. I think he has to drop below 6th in line. But even if it takes 2 more babies from W/K before he marries, I think he would seek the Queens permission

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  63. Yessss, what a happy news! I was hoping they would have another baby :)

    And we are so lucky that during the next weeks (which will be very quiet with not much going on as Kate recovers from hyperemesis gravidarum), we will get entertainment and distraction thanks to the 'styling kate' posts Charlotte has in store for us :)

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      That's right anon, a great way to fill the empty time Kate will need to recover on the blog!

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  64. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 17:46

    Wonderful news for the Cambridges, and I hope Kate starts feeling better soon. I at least hope she feels well enough to take George to school on his first day - unfortunate that it involves a long-ish commute, especially when already feeling nauseous, instead of being able to go to one of the schools much closer to KP. I guess the single photographer being allowed makes it easier for her - I'm sure they had full control of what pictures would be released anyways, and so no risk of her being captured throwing up or anything.
    Speaking of official pictures, this is so random, but I just noticed this....am I correct that while every single official picture released by KP for Princess-Charlotte related special occasions has been taken by Kate, every official picture released by the Cambridges for Prince George-related special occasions (except for the very first family pics by Kate's dad) has been taken by a professional photographer? I'm sure it doesn't mean anything (and hope so). Just an interesting trend. And I feel like there are enough examples now to where it seems not just entirely random. I wonder if Princess Charlotte is more cooperative or something.

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  65. This is wonderful news! So excited for this lovely family. How can anyone question Kate's status as a full time royal? She is wife and mother to 2nd through 5th in line to the throne of England! Wow, can't think of a more "royal" job than that. Lol. Enjoying all the comments from you!!

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    1. Sheila, you mean 3rd thru 5th in line - William is 2nd.

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    2. Agreed, Sheila. Thank you for saying so. ☺️

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    3. And, she does carry out duties in addition to being mom to the 3rd., 4th., and soon to be born 5th. in succession to the throne. People who talk about wanting Kate to work often totally forget to mention the considerable work she has done. They make it sound like she never leaves her home.

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    4. Sheila, that's how I feel about it too.

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    5. surfergirl.
      Kate works between 40-50 days a year, for around 135-145 engagements. That comes to around 3 engagements per day. Given that each engagement lasts between 20 minutes to an hour that is around 3 hours of work for 40 days a year. So that is around 120 hours of work in total - and I am actually being quite generous here.
      So 3 weeks of work for a normal 9-5 person. Or two weeks of work for someone in consulting, economics or in Silicon Valley. Around 1.5 weeks of work for my friends in hedge funds or on Wall Street or my parents and siblings in law. In return she gets lifelong protection, a lavish lifestyle, obsequiousness from a population who seem to think bowing and curtseying actually is something respectful to do and long long titles that seem to give them some kind of status in society.
      Think about it.

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    6. I have Rosman. And, no offense, but my perspective of all that is not the same as yours. :)

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    7. Fair enough SG.

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    8. I have no doubt she is a full time royal. Where my doubts come in is whether she's a full time *working* royal.

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  66. Congrats Will & Kate on the happy news! It was unexpected surprise this morning. I hope they have a happy & healthy baby

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  67. I love the comments about "extra" children! Every child is a gift from God, there are no extras and no mistakes. Also the statements about the environment are very amusing. Seriously?

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    1. It IS a serious issue that is fair for people to take into consideration and is a very important intellectual debate to have. The world obviously is over-populated. But I don't belive in that impacting a happy reaction on a "one-to-one" basis! I am very happy for them, and while I see the importance of the impact of overpopulation on the enviroment I find it uneccesary and actually quite rude to bring it up outside of hypothetical conversations or to explain an own personal choice. I don't think it appropriate to put on other people.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 18:38

      Given the US's political climate these days, it makes me really sad to see anyone call science amusing.

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    3. Marianne New Jersey4 September 2017 at 19:19

      Children are a gift from God. The science on overpopulation is speculation. This is a happy event and discussions about the number of children to have belongs to the couple themselves and no one else.

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    4. Tammy from California4 September 2017 at 19:24

      Rebecca and Sheila, I am in agreement with both of you 100%.

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    5. The science of overpopulation is theory and doesn't take into account currnet planetwide resources and new locations of population centers. And, children are a gift from God. (I am very thankful my mom had me, and my brother.)

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    6. Amen, Marianne NJ.

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    7. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 20:37

      I don't even really have a strong opinion on Kate and William choosing to have a 3rd child in regards to this...mostly bc unfortunately I think Trump inevitably dooms us to environmental catastrophe anyways. And I think probably it's too late for them to set an example even absent Trump. But that being said, again, any decision becomes more than a "personal choice" when it impacts others as well. ESPECIALLY when, Britain has stopped giving tax credits to its citizens for every child they have after the first 2, while those same citizens will help pay to subsidize a royal third child. Of course I don't think that's a good enough reason to expect someone to not have a child or anything, but I'm just giving an example of how it's selfish and irresponsible to act like decisions happen in a vaccuum and don't affect anyone else or that you shouldn't care about those effects. I also think it's important to note some serious....I dunno what to call it but.. treating religion like fact, while calling science "speculation"?? Eep. Btw Surfer girl - it most certainly DOES take into account current planetwide resources - it's terrifying really...and pretty one-sided at this point. The current US presidential administration may be doing its best to deny something that has like a 99% consensus amongst scientists, but that doesn't mean that makes sense.
      And no one who is making an environmental argument is saying that a baby already conceived is not important or is less valuable, or should be denigrated in any way or that we wish they personally did not exist. Once someone becomes pregnant, of course at that point if they are happy about it, then it's a wonderful thing. Critiquing the *decision* to become pregnant is not the same thing as attacking a potential child once conceived. No one is saying that this third child should be treated like scum. I think people are unfairly conflating these things.

      Lastly, remember, the royal family itself has advocated for population control! So before becoming so indignant, please realize that part of the reason people are pointing out the environmental aspect is because the royal family has advocated for it. And environmental sustainability in general.

      Again, I'm fine with the 3rd child, given other inevitability concerns at this point, and also it's a collective failure more than anything, but resource shortages/environmental catastrophe is indeed a huge impending problem, and I think people shouldn't be misinformed. And also that people at least are less indignant/rude (some, not all) in responding to reasonable concerns.

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    8. 99% of scientists don't agree on anything. And the president of the U.S., whoever it may be, has little to no effect on science (or "science" in the case of some of the nonsense that gets attention [e.g., Harvey is the result of "global warming" (???)]), and really has zero impact on the BRF in any event.

      Congratulations again to the Duke and Duchess, and have as many children as you like.

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    9. Children are the result of a biological function when an egg and sperm fuse. They are the result of a biological imperative to ensure survival of the human species. You can coat that with fairy dust and call it a gift, but it is nature in action, not god.

      The world will not be able to support us the way we are going because we can't keep up with our own advancement and we keep making more people to support. Yes, one child doesn't make much difference, but if a few billion of us feel the same way that one child grows exponentially. Do I care if William and Kate have another baby and think they will be responsible for the destruction of our planet? No, I don't. But to dismiss science and say the US president has little to no effect on science is ridiculous. His EPA is dismantling environmental protections in the name of business. So please, don't go there. It is not true.

      I didn't bring this up, nor will I continue it after this post.

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  68. Thrilled beyond belief!!! I didn't think they were going to have anymore and so I'm over the moon hearing the news of a new little Cambridge!!! Many prayers for Kate and Baby's health and well being! She's a champ! Just a side note...The Queen's permission for marriage is only required by those up to fifth in line for the throne. Baby Cambridge #3 just knocked Harry to sixth...think that will affect when Harry proposes to Meghan?!

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    1. Tammy from California4 September 2017 at 19:22

      GOOD POST ANON 18:24!! Things are looking very very interesting for him eh?

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    2. once the baby is born it might affect Harry's proposal time.

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    3. I am sorry. But the 6th has to ask permission to marry too. So nothing changes for Harry with this pregnancy.

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  69. Ok, I'm kind of bummed. I was SO looking forward to seeing her more because of the "full-time royal" talk and now that has been delayed for well over a year. I thought for sure they were done because they were moving back to the city, etc. Oh well

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    1. Joanna from California4 September 2017 at 21:36

      Maybe they were done with two kids and changed their minds after that announcement. Maybe the baby was an accident. Maybe they said that because they didn't want people assuming she was pregnant at every public appearance.

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    2. Orange County Grandma4 September 2017 at 23:29

      They do not owe us a damn thing regarding how many kids they want. None of our business.

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    3. Ladies (Surfer, Joanna and Orange) - please don't misunderstand me. When I made my comment, I had not read any other comments and so I had no idea that this baby announcement had caused such a stir. My reaction was purely due to knowing that we would not see as much of the Duchess as I had hoped with the expected uptick in workload. I have no dog in the fight with the over-population, kids over 3 without benefits, etc.

      I was ONLY stating that I was looking forward to seeing much more of Kate and now we won't due to her condition HG and maternity leave etc. That's all. I guess I didn't do a very good job of expressing that and for that, I am really sorry. I didn't mean to upset anyone.

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  70. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2017 at 18:37

    Btw, Daily Mail has a picture up now of Carole Middleton leaving after spending the day with Kate. Glad she got some motherly support :)

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  71. Tammy from California4 September 2017 at 19:20

    Can we PLEASE do a section like we did for dressing Kate on baby names for girl and boy?! THAT WOULD BE FUN!

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    1. Great idea Tammy!

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    2. Tammy, I like your idea!

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  72. Such brilliant news! Hope the HG doesn't last too long for Duchess Kate. xoxo

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  73. Surprise, surprise :-)

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  74. I'm so excited for the Duke and Duchess. I can't remember whether it was last weekend when the Royal Family went to church in Scotland and there was a picture of the Duchess in the car. I immediately thought her face looked just like it did when she and William went to church on Christmas Day with the Middletons. She was pregnant with George and had been in the hospital. I said out loud, "She's pregnant!" But I knew they would be full time royals this year, so I decided I was wrong. For once, I had it right!!

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    1. Trixie in North Carolina4 September 2017 at 22:46

      I thought the same thing and how you never see William with Andrew very often. Guess he was telling him he can mow marry whomever he wants to marry now! 😁

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    2. Andrew. Ould marry whom he liked before this baby too. Only the first 6 in line to the throne need permission.

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  75. Joanna from California4 September 2017 at 21:34

    Am I the only one who thinks the comments about "should they have a third" are in poor taste (whether regarding the environment or work load)?

    She's already pregnant. The decision (which is none of our business) has already been made by the only people who should be involved.

    The world will not be too crowded because of this baby. It's ONE person. Seriously.

    And, in my opinion, anyone saying she should be working more is seriously disrespecting stay at home moms. She IS working as a wife and mother. I'm a stay at home mom, but no one has ever told me to increase my workload because it's just understood that I'm doing a lot already. Who cares if she has a housekeeper and nanny? I would have them too if I could! Lol! Her kids are her priority. No one else can be their mom, but certainly another royal can show up to a charity and shake hands. William has quit the flying he loves to become a full time royal, so how is he really different than any other family where the husband works and the wife stays home? She still works part time. There is much that goes on behind the scenes. I would rather a future queen who actually raises her kids instead of someone like Queen Elizabeth who had nannies raise hers. No offense to the queen, and I know she did what she thought was best. But a nanny is not the same as a mother.

    As I said. I just think it's in poor taste to even have this discussion. The baby has already been conceived! The only appropriate thing to do is offer congratulations and move on.

    Kate must be tough as nails. I can't imagine signing up for another round of HG. And she handles the criticism with an amazing amount of grace and poise.

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    1. No, you are not the only one. :)

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    2. Trixie in North Carolina4 September 2017 at 22:44

      I could not agree with you more Joanna!! Well said!!k

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    3. Amen, Joanna! Very well said, agree 100%.

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    4. Very well said Joanna. I could not agree more. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

      MizBev in Colorado

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    5. You are absolutely not the only one! UHG! I just read about all the great people who helped rescue and outpouring of good deeds with Harvey, now being followed with people going through and looting people's personal items while they are trying to clean up. Now I come on here and read all the negativity AGAIN toward Kate. And William. Why can't people just be happy for them. It is their life and their decision.

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    6. There quite a few of us here who are often disheartened by the repeated negativity and bossy-old-cow-ness about what about the planet, the succession or whatever else it is that Kate or William should or should not choose to do.

      Also, besides the fact that it isn't our business, has anyone considered that their "decision" might well be an unanticipated--but incredibly happy--surprise? I for one am extremely pleased for them. Never mind what anyone else can or cannot, should or should not do or have. I lost both my babies before they were born, but that doesn't mean I begrudge others their joy.

      The happiest we are on this blog is when we are styling Kate for an occasion. To offset the Kate-bashing I hope Charlotte gets the next round after Ascot up as quickly as possible. Then follows that with pregnancy wardrobe choices for Christmas, church, charities, weddings, various state occasions and whatever else.That will keep us both occupied and more pleasant.

      signed: Shaking my head

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    7. Joanna you are so right! I have four kids...are people judging me because I have "too many"..I don't know. But which one of mine would I send back? and why would any of my children have less of a right to be here than the person doing the criticizing?

      Also I agree about giving Kate kudos for going through another pregnancy with HG. She must want these children so very much. Which is the start in life that every child needs and deserves. And a start in life that unfortunately many children do not get.

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    8. No, Joanna, she is not just a regular SAHM. She married a man who has obligations, and whose wife has obligations. They live the life they do because they are both supposed to work on behalf of the public. They have 24/7 security paid for by the public because of that. They get free housing because of that. Her father in law pays their expenses because of that. They don't live off their own money. If they did they could tell us all to sod off.

      She knew when she married him what it would entail. Do you remember all the "most prepared bride in royal history" and she was going to "hit the ground running" commentary when they got married? I do. That was the expectation, put out by their own people, and she has never fulfilled it.

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    9. Rose from Montreal, Canada5 September 2017 at 01:20

      WOW, I completely agree. Congratulations and be happy for them. I can't believe all the negativity.

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  76. I could not agree with you more, Joanna from California. :)

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  77. So much for the blessed news of a new baby on this thread. Some of the comments have prompted me to take a long walk along the beach and see some blue sky and sunshine. Clear my emotional palette. Mercy.

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    1. Julia from Leominster5 September 2017 at 01:29

      Continued from comment below - I'm a life-long royalist and try to be positive. Leo and other friends were laughing - saying when faced with work and a new no-nonsense secretary Kate would immediately fall pregnant and get nursed by Mummy - she has no work ethic and will never give a speck more than she has to. (Leo is no hardened royalist.) This view is very much out there. I don't like it but it is becoming increasingly hard to deny. So I'm taking a medium approach - blessing this baby already coming but hoping they stop there and demonstrate in the future they aren't the high-class benefit scroungers many think - taking the best of everything but giving too little. But I'm pessimistic that we will ever see a change.

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    2. Sarah from North Carolina5 September 2017 at 01:33

      I feel the same way and the negativity is the main reason I have stopped reading the comments over the last several months. Today, I thought (with the news of the Cambridges baby) that there would at least be a break from the criticism. Unfortunately, I was wrong. As someone in the US who is absolutely appalled and weary of our country's administration and the divisiveness, racism, sexism, and a host of other issues, I welcomed today's royal baby news from across the pond. I needed to hear something joyful. As someone who has friends in Houston who have been displaced from the flooding, the images and stories of so many people have been heartbreaking. Today, the news of a baby brought greatly-needed hope in the midst of so much devastation and turmoil. Then, I came to this comment section and the negativity surrounding William and Kate's good news actually angered me a lot. I give up trying to understand why the same people have to be so critical again and again.

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  78. SierrafromMontana5 September 2017 at 00:16


    I'm enjoying reading all the blogs on this smoke filled day in MT. I think this time around she might be a little bit further along than with Charlotte at this announcement. I read that article regarding Kate's hospitalization in August. I thought it was rumors at first, but now it makes sense. Poor Kate, probably hoped that the HG wouldn't be so bad this time around. It will be interesting to guess the due date. I'm a late March baby, so I'm rooting for a early spring baby. We shall see. 😉

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  79. Rose from Montreal, Canada5 September 2017 at 01:22

    A huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George and Princess Charlotte. I hope she feels better soon and is able to be there for Prince George's first day of school

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  80. Julia from Leominster5 September 2017 at 01:28

    I find this a very difficult topic. I believe children are a blessing - whether they are born in a council flat like in Grenfell or Kensington Palace. But like all God's gifts, I believe choosing to have a child should be used wisely - that one should be able to support a child and also fulfill all obligations.
    This is difficult because I cautiously supported the restriction of benefits for third children. It was not an easy decision because it is likely to hurt children - but I know a number of young couples - taxpayers where the mother must work who would like very much to have a third child but don't feel they can afford to or have sufficient time with necessary work obligations. I don't see why their taxes should go to support families who aren't working - but at the same time - we read about mother's with ten children who expect every one else to pay - but also people who are legitimately unable to find work.
    This leads me to Kate. If she was just a rich woman I wouldn't think about it or her - Daria Abramovich for instance. There will always be differences in income. But Kate is different - she is a public servant subsidised by the public - housing, security and host of other expenses are covered - even if you don't count the Duchy of Cornwall. She can never legitimately be a stay-at-home-mum - she married a job.
    Royals aren't there for the fun of it - they are there for DUTY - they exist for no other reason than to serve their country by working hard and highlighting the best of the nation - both overseas and, most importantly, at home.
    If Kate and William were hard working royals, I wouldn't give it a thought. But they haven't been. They have taken every benefit for a very few days of work. Their projects are good but weeks past with not a single engagements. They have been married over six years now and all we have had are promises and excuses and frankly excuses and procrastination offend MY emotional palate.
    This was supposed to be the year when they finally proved they were worth - what hard-working parents - those ones who must stop at two, are paying towards their support. But now Kate is pregnant again - she cancelled an engagement, disappointing children, when she must have known she was likely to be ill.
    So sorry, walk on the beach, but think of my friend who had to work through terrible HG and only had one child as a result - she had her own business and couldn't risk not being able to work - another friend who is due to have a child with a very high risk pregnancy in October but is working every day she can until she has to take leave. I have more sympathy for them and for the families losing benefits than I do Kate.

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