Kensington Palace has announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child after she was forced to cancel an official engagement earlier today.
The Duchess was expected to visit the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in Islington.
The Duchess is again suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum which she endured whilst pregnant with Prince George and Princess Charlotte and is being cared for at Kensington Palace.
The Queen and members of both families are said to be delighted with the news.
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) 4 September 2017
Prince Harry has said, “Fantastic! Great. Very very happy for them” when asked about the news during an interview whilst attending an official engagement in Manchester.
The new baby will be fifth in the line of succession to the British throne as Prince Harry is bumped down to #6.
However, no due date has been announced at this stage.
Like older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte, this baby will be also be born at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
The Duchess had joked about having another baby when she was given a soft cuddly toy for a newborn as a gift during a royal visit to Poland six weeks ago.
Already bookmakers are taking bets on the gender and possible names for the baby.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes on baby names: Alice at 7/1, Arthur (10/1), Victoria (10/1), Alexandra (12/1), Albert (14/1) and Phillip (14/1).
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) 4 September 2017
Other bookmakers William Hill and Paddy Power also have Alice as the favourite at 8/1, Elizabeth and James at 10/1, Arthur 10/1 and Donald at 50/1, despite three Scottish kings sharing the same name as the US President.
Prince George, aged 4, will start school on Thursday, 7 September, at the co-educational Thomas’s Battersea, which is about a 20-minute drive from Kensington Palace.
Meanwhile, over in Sweden, Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O’Neill are also expecting their third child in March 2018.
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