Kate Middleton Pregnant: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Expecting a Baby

After a year-and-a-half of marriage, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their first baby, St James’s Palace announced today.

The Royal Wedding at Buckingham Palace on 29th April 2011: The Bride and Groom, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the centre with attendants, (clockwise from bottom right) The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton. Photo: Hugo Burnand via The British Monarchy/Flickr

The news was confirmed today by a palace spokesperson after Catherine was admitted to hospital with acute morning sickness.

Prince William and his wife are expecting their first child, according to the palace:

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.”

The pregnancy announcement comes after months of speculation. About 18 months, to be exact. Ever since they married in April 2011, the rumors have flown.

In the UK, St. James’ Palace and Clarence House have both confirmed the news, as well as British Prime Minister David Cameron.

In a statement from Buckingham Palace, the royal family have said “The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum”.

But with Kate admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in central London yesterday with the illness, they had little choice but to make the announcement. Kate has been diagnosed with a severe form of morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, and is expected to stay in hospital for a few days.

A Clarence House spokesman said today: ‘The situation is the same as yesterday – we said she would stay in for several days and that is still the case. It’s a period of rest that she needs, so she will stay in for several days.’

He would not comment on Catherine’s condition this morning or confirm whether members of the Royal family are expected to visit today.

Kate is thought to be eight weeks’ pregnant but the couple decided to go public with the news because she was admitted into hospital. They “aren’t going into detail about the pregnancy itself.”

“As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter”, the statement continues.

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news,” the royal family concluded.

The Prime Minister took to Twitter to congratulate the royal family, writing that he was “delighted” by the news, adding “They will make wonderful parents”

Weekly World News writes, many in England are now speculating that Kate was pregnant at the time of the wedding, but lost the child.  However, Royal gynecologist, Dr. Fritz Barnwell, said:  “Kate was definitely not pregnant at her wedding. We know this because the Queen had us test her to ensure that she was without child.  But today, at Prince William’s request, we performed pregnancy tests on Kate and we can confirm, decidedly, that she is one month pregnant.”

Actually  Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child is set to push Prince Harry into fourth place in the line of succession to the throne – even if they have a girl, reports the Daily Mail.

It is anticipated that Harry and Pippa Middleton could be asked to be the child’s godparents, if the royal couple follow the tradition appointing the best man and maid of honour from their wedding.

The baby will be third in line to the throne regardless of gender after Prime Minister David Cameron agreed a deal with other Commonwealth countries to change the rules on the royal line of succession which means male heirs will no longer be given priority.

This means that in the 15 other countries where the Queen is head of state the rules must be changed.

It had been feared there could be a constitutional crisis if the Royal couple had a baby girl before the law was changed.

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