LONDON – British royal couple the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting their second child, royal officials said Monday. The duchess is also being treated for severe morning sickness
The couple’s Clarence House office said they and their families were “delighted” with the baby news.
The former Kate Middleton was being treated at Kensington Palace for severe morning sickness, Clarence House said.
She was hospitalized for the same condition, hyperemesis gravidarum, during her first pregnancy with Prince George, who was born in July 2013. She recovered after a short hospital stay and gave birth without further complications.
The current illness means the 32-year-old duchess may need extra hydration, medication and nutrients.
Britain’s Press Association reported that Kate’s pregnancy hasn’t passed the 12-week stage, which is when she became ill in her first pregnancy.
Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.”
Royal officials said it wasn’t clear if the duchess will be able to carry out planned official engagements, including an upcoming trip to Malta that would mark her first overseas solo trip.
Decisions on events would be made on a “case-by-case” basis, officials said.
William and Kate have often expressed an interest in having a larger family and Britain’s tabloid press has in recent months been filled with rumors about a possible pregnancy.
The new baby will become fourth in line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry to fifth. Toddler Prince George is third and likely to become Britain’s monarch one day.