The speculation about the future King or Queen of England came to an end last night with the revelation that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton, was in hospital being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness that can lead to severe dehydration.
The condition, which affects about 2 in 100 women, can include severe headaches, vomiting, nutrient deficiency, and low blood pressure, and can last for the first trimester of a pregnancy. It can also be an indication of multiple births.
The Duchess, married to Prince William for 18 months, was in King Edward VII hospital in London and is not yet at the 12 week mark in her pregnancy. According to St James’s Palace, the pregnancy is in its very early stages and no due date has been announced.
“Her Royal Highness is expected to say in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”
The baby will become the third in line to the British throne regardless of sex, as British monarchy laws are to be modernised, meaning that the oldest born girl child would be Queen, even if a son is born afterwards.
The new baby-to-be bumps Prince Harry down to fourth on the list after Prince Charles and Prince William.
Last seen in public on November 30 at her old school in Berkshire, St Andrews, the Duchess played hockey and looked well, though every recent public outing led to a flurry of speculation about a “baby bump,” particularly if she was photographed with her hand or hands anywhere near the vicinity of her incredibly flat stomach.
This, of course, meant that she was instinctively protecting her unborn child from dangers unknown.
Last week one Royal watcher even went so far to connect Kate’s new Farrah Fawcett-esque haircut WITH a possible pregnancy by saying her new fringe definitely meant she was hiding something.
At least everyone can stop talking about her new haircut now, because the bookies have started taking bets on babies names (Elizabeth is already the hot favorite, the name Diana is on the list too. But so is Rylan, but at 1000/1 odds. Go figure), the colour of the baby’s hair (odds on blonde) and a website, Morph Thing, has created images of what the baby might look like, which is really very creepy.
Prince William’s late mother, the beloved Princess Diana, became pregnant with her first child four months after marrying Prince Charles, and allegedly once complained: “the whole world is watching my stomach.”
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is about to find out how that feels.