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Duchess Kate Is Expecting Her Third Baby

Monday, September 4, 2017

William and Kate have been keeping a special surprise! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced this morning that Her Royal Highness is pregnant with the couple's third child! Baby Cambridge #3 is coming! [See second post today, What to Expect Now Kate is Expecting: FAQs here.]


The press release announced that Kate is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum as she has with her previous pregnancies and is currently being cared for at Kensington Palace. With George, the hg was unexpected, as it would be, and the Duchess was hospitalized, but with Charlotte, Kate knew what was coming and her doctors were able to care for her at Kensington Palace and in Bucklebury.


As a result of her illness, Kate will not be undertaking her scheduled engagement today at Hornsey Road Children's Centre. The disappointment for fans will surely be overwhelmed by this very exciting news, as it always is. I suspect Kate's embargoed event tomorrow will also be cancelled, leaving the big question: will the Duchess rally briefly to appear at the school gates on Thursday for George's first day? 


When pregnant with George, Kate made a very early and very brief appearance at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards. She was driven from the Palace to the event where she presented the trophy, posed for a picture, chatted with the nominees and winners, and was driven straight home...all in under 45 minutes. Given what an important day it will be for George, I know she will make it if she can.  


At his engagement this morning, Harry was asked how he felt about the news. Unsurprisingly, he is pleased. 


More than a few have been predicting a fall announcement. This is not entirely unexpected, but the reality of it settling in is absolutely thrilling. Although her HG will interfere with her public plans for September, I hope and think it likely she will be back on her feet soon. At the least, Kate should be back in her stride within just a few months, which means we won't miss out on the wonderful Christmas season of royal engagements. 





99 comments:

  1. It's brave of her to go through this again. I wish her well. The end result is always worth it ❤️

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    1. She must be brave and tough. I admire her and I am delighted.It is always beautiful to see new life.

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  2. It's absolutely fabulous that you've already managed to write a post on it!

    I'm seriously excited to see her pregnancy fashion this time around.

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  3. Great news, though I feel for Catherine being so sick again.
    I suppose none of us remembers the discomforts of pregnancy, nor the pains of labour, as soon as the baby is placed in our arms--otherwise no one wood ever have a second child, let alone three.
    Hope she is well enough to accompany George to school on Thursday.

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    1. I've had hg so I remember. You can't forget being that ill.

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  4. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! So happy for them! And us! :)
    Alice

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  5. Wonderful news, although she is a trooper to go through the misery of HG again. Hope all goes smoothly for her, and the newest addition to the Cambridge family.

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  6. I was totally surprised when I read the tweet from KP before anyone had picked up on it yet this morning... thought it was a hoax at first... had not expected it at all right now with the move and George beginning school... SUCH happy news and what a pity the duchess has to go through this terrible sickness again... if Pippa Middleton is indeed pregnant as well (has anyone heard if this is true?), their babies can grow up together so to speak... best wishes from Vienna, Anna

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  7. Wait, so when she said that comment in July was she already pregnant?

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    1. No. Baby due in late April or May. But I'm sure they were actively trying!

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    2. How do you know she wasn t?

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    3. Her face was fuller when she attended Wimbleton. I suspected she was pregnant then.
      So much for the source who said their family was complete.

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    4. You do not gain weight that quickly when pregnant!

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    5. I gained weight very early during my pregnancy .

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  8. I suppose she had just learned of her pregnancy when she made the quip to William on the European tour in July about them needing to have more babies when she was given that toy. She was so excited about it she nearly gave away the surprise! I'm so pleased to hear their news.

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    1. Does anyone know exactly how far along she actually is?

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  9. Oh my! I'm so happy for them! Just the positive news needed in this chaotic world full of ugglines... I really always try to see beauty in little things but that's not easy :-) this news made my day! Months of guessings, fashion ahead!

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  10. I am happily stunned. I never thought there would be a third, since she has such difficult pregnancies. I am so happy to have been wrong! She is obviously a strong woman. Wonderful, wonderful news.

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  11. Part of me is thrilled but the other part of me thinks "isn't it odd that just as they are supposed to transition to full time royal duties Kate gets pregnant?" So at 35 we still won't see Kate have her first full time job lol

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    1. That's very cynical.
      I'm sure she'd rather be working than face HG again.
      She's not at at an age where she can wait to have a third child. What strikes me as odd is why people are so fixated on her working full time. Maybe misery loves company. LOL

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    2. I think her age has more to do with it than anything. You suggesting she got pregnant on purpose so she does not have to work full time? Why because it doesn't convenience you. What effect will this have on you. People are never happy until they can bring a person down.

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    3. I will grant you that the years after college Kate did not work even close to full-time.

      But, being a Mom is full-time work even with her tons of help. I think she really enjoys her children and values the work that it takes to raise them. Kids need a parent at home raising them IMO. As a society, we have forgotten what it takes to raise kids and we are suffering for it.

      Full-time motherhood is a valuable job.

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    4. So you think that was part of Kate's plan so she does not have to work. It's people like you that get on the whole full time work thing so rather than focus on something happy you want to start up that full time work issue so you can keep the negativity going and going. It's rather one sided by those who really have an issue with Kate's work ethic. Maybe you should personally ask kate. But no one would because they seem to hide behind their computers to complain rather than tell or to their face.

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    5. I think KP should not have announced a busy fall schedule for her knowing that she would not be able to do it. The full time move to London and that announcement created expectations that Kate would be out and about a lot this fall. Bound to be disappointment even if a new boby Cambridge is a joyous occasion.

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    6. Thank you faith. And that Mom being a full time job is insulting to all ill time working mothers because it implies they don't have time for their kids. The difference between Kate and every other housewife is that she lives in publicly paid land and followed by publicly funded protection
      She is 35. It is insane she has never worked full time. She should have been working full time this entire year and last.

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    7. No, Sarah, being a Mom IS a full-time job. That's not insulting to working outside the home Moms, but IMO it is the truth.

      Why is your opinion not insulting to stay-at-home Moms?

      10:45

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    8. Can I just pass along a wise comment that I read not too long ago in the comments...like you Sarah Maryland USA, she was an American. It read " I am from the US so this is really none of my business. They are not my Royal family".

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    9. Oh, for Pete's sake! They have been working on the fall agenda for months!!!! Pregnancies happen. Life keeps moving. So she misses a few events! Give me a break. It's not a big deal. Sounds like she just got pregnant too. She can't get pregnant in the fall?!? I mean, come on.

      I am critical of the Cambridges on many occasions, but this is a bridge too far.

      You try to get pregnant...it happens when it happens... To take Kate to task for this is highly anti-woman. Everything cannot be planned.

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    10. But they just announced a step up in duties and a "busy autumn" schedule for both the Cambridges and Harry not even a week ago anon 1:57. So unless she just discovered she was pregnant today....

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    11. Exactly Anon 1:57! Pregnancies happen. How do we know they haven't been trying for a year or that this wasn't planned? Maybe she hoped she wouldn't get HG. Maybe they even kept it quiet from KP like people did from their bosses or family members.
      Also, Sarah, taking care of kids is a full time job and I'm a working mom! When you work you pay someone else to take care of your kids. How is taking care of someone else's kids a full time job but not taking care of your own. Also, it's fine that she has never had a traditional full time job. She has worked more outside of the home than my grandmother ever did. I'm sure there are many other women of her class that never have worked. She probably would have if she wasn't in a relationship with William from the time she was a college kid. She made the investment in that and chose to be flexible. When someone is in the military a lot of spouses have to do that never mind them being a royal! If they met later like the Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward that could be considered different but really, who cares???

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    12. People are reading way too much into the busy autumn.

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    13. Amen to that, 6:41. When have these two ever had a busy schedule? Bless them both, but busy? No.

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    14. Some people only see things from their own perspective and judge everyone else by their own very limited view of life.

      It's sad really that there is such a harsh judgement of a woman nobody actually knows, suffering from a condition most have no experience with, because of when she is having a baby which is nobody else's business. We have no idea (nor are we entitled to know) what the circumstances are surrounding the timing of this baby.

      Sarah and Faith, not everybody has, or needs to have, the same opinion as you about how to live their lives. Instead, can't you just acknowledge that not all of us are the same and be happy because a new little baby is going to join a family who wants it and will love it? Why throw stones? Why drag up really tired complaints about work ethics or conspiracy theories about "convenient" timing? It must be really exhausting to try to find the negative in these situations. If you dislike the way the Duke and Duchess live their lives, or that they are from more privileged circumstances than you may be, why bother with them at all? Why feel the need to sling arrows at their happy news and those who are happy for them? Move on. Lend your admiration to someone who doesn't offend your sensibilities. There are so many other people out there who might match your opinions of right and wrong and you can agree with them all day long. Unless you enjoy being disagreeable but why make everyone else suffer your displeasure? It is a conundrum.

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    15. Anon 7:09, I think you must have misread my comments because I certainly did not say everyone has to have the same opinion as that I do, and Sarah did not say that either. However, we are entitled to our own opinions and we do not have to agree with yours. If you read the entire post, I said I was very happy and excited about a new little prince or princess. I love bigger families and have three children myself. I love seeing the Cambridge family grow as their children are beautiful. Actually, I would be really excited if she has four. My one comment was why announce just last week that Kate would be stepping up her duties
      and having a busy autumn schedule when it was known she would not. I find that misleading, unprofessional and disappointing. Why lead the public on when it is known something isn't going to happen? It would have been better if that statement were not made. That is all I said. I think you should read comments more carefully before you jump on others.

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    16. Sarah you are so black and white - your way is not the rule or only way! You cannot choose her workload or judge her based on your rule book. Gobsmacked how we even need to have this debate. I am a full time mum with no income children 9&11years And no paid employment😲 - I have according to your views "only worked" 4 years full time since University (plus 4 years study). My husband works and earns enough for usboth. We have chosen this way of life together & We are very mindful to be grateful and Also pay it forwards in my voluntary work ; I am not bored or idle with a lot of voluntary work at school in church and etc etc; Is support my husband and kids and am satisfied. I relate to Catherine a lot; I admire her mothering and think it isn't necessary to judge - Will and Kate have made this choice based on their personalities & life plans . Enjoy motherhood & life Catherine - get better soon - your life is an especially unique path! Love ❤️ to all Mums, Dads, aunties, families .. paid working or not! And the children we raise may they be grateful for life.

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    17. Faith,

      So your position is they should have put a caveat on the schedule, that Kate may miss some events because of HG? Or they should simply not announce the schedule? I think the press and others depend on knowing at least some sort of framework of a schedule so they can plan their coverage.

      Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this seems a little picky.

      I always go with the opinion that pregnant ladies get latitude when making announcements. I think it's best to give Kate the benefit of the doubt here. Maybe she was hospitalized in August, they thought it was over, made the announcement, and bam! She's sick again. It happens.

      I share your hope that they have a fourth. They seem like committed, loving parents, so why not?:)

      Sweet post, Theresa! Loved it! 😊

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    18. I feel like the stay-at-home mom discussion doesn't really fit in Kate's situation, as she is not a typical stay-at-home mom. She became a public figure/diplomat/statesman when she married William and, along with many wonderful privileges, come expectations of public service. I'm a stay-at-home mom, but I'm not a public figure/diplomat/statesman, so when I chose to do this, it was a decision between me and my husband. The public doesn't provide security, housing, transportation, etc. for me and my family. There is no public role that I'm expected to fill. I don't travel at the request of my government or entertain foreign diplomats. This is entirely different from the royal family, who are expected to work carrying out public duties. It seems to me that the one luxury that they really don't have is to be full-time private citizens. Kate is very fortunate that she can still spend a great deal of her time with her children.

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    19. Faith - you assume Kate knew when the original statement was made about their autumn schedule that she would be pregnant right now and was therefore being misleading, which you suggest is "unprofessional." Unless you have more information that the rest of us I think that is a bit unfair. Maybe she got pregnant exactly on the timeline she planned but more likely she wasn't exactly sure, even if she was hoping to get pregnant this fall she didn't know when it would be & can you imagine if she tried to take the whole autumn off just to see if she got pregnant! Your comment also smacks of judgment of all working women who might get pregnant at an "inconvenient" time. The thing is that the timing of pregnancies can't always be controlled and many women have responsibilities that are affected by her pregnancy which is ok, Kate included.

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    20. Theresa, no. My position is that if one knows one is pregnant and suffers from HG for pretty much the entire first trimester and will most likely be unable to perform any duties until mid to end of October, why would one allow one's office to announce a busy fall schedule that one won't be able to fulfill. Like I said to Beth, it is not a great way to handle one's PR. Maybe, you are correct and this pregnancy is completely different from her others and she is having another HG bout but that would also make her further along in her pregnancy. Last week she did not look at all pregnant. I doubt she is over 12 weeks.
      Anon 5:22 my comment smacks of nothing. I would agree with you had the fall schedule been announced even two weeks ago but it was just announced not even a week ago. HG does not hit immediately. Guaranteed she knew she was pregnant last week. Im not complaining about inconvenient pregnancies. I'm complaining about how they are doing business. It is better not to create false expectations.

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    21. I think with all of the back and forth about stay at home vs paid working mothers it's pretty obvious: we either respect both choices with equal value (regardless of what we chose), or we state that we think one is better but we'd better not be offended when someone disagrees. Can't have it both ways :)

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    22. There is way too much we don't know nor is it any our business to know. How long have them been trying to have a 3rd if at all. When did they find out she was pregnant. Did she have any losses, when the HG kicked in. All of this could have taken into acccount with the "busy fall" announcement. I know many pregnant women, including myself, keep the news very close to the event from family and friends never mind "work" for as long as possible as is our right. I'm sure she has every intention to go to all of her engagements but sickness happened. Who cares if she misses a few at the beginning. She is sick! She is pregnant! She will be back at it soon as she always has.

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    23. It never ceases to amaze me how obsessed some are with dictating and criticizing William and Catherine for THEIR life choices and the circumstances they were born into.

      I'm sure once the HG is over, Catherine will resume her Royal and Charitable duties, just as she did both pregnancies before, sheeeeesh.

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  12. I am very happy for them. (I always wondered why people didn't latch on more to her "I guess we will have to have more babies...") just as a I always wondered why people didn't pick up on her 1st pregnancy when she wore that much more loose green tartan dress at her school/hockey visit. And no, I am no arbiter of who can have what number of kids (I'm the aunt to three kids, all from same sibling) BUT (I understand the pitfalls of my argument and the fact that my comment my generate some heated argument) sometimes I wonder if the people who are world leaders, and yes, in possession of lifestyles and choices others aspire to/emulate, should be having 3 kids in this day and age of climate change, over-population and scarce resources. I get it. I do. I am delighted to read up on the Cambridges...but there's a part of me that does ponder that question. Anyhow, I'll be delighted to continue reading about the lives and times of the Cambridges! Silvia

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    1. Well here's the thing Silvia - if everyone stopped having children because of climate change then entire economies would collapse, so.....

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    2. Here's how I look at it, they are great parents and have the resources for all the children they want.

      I read recently that 40% of children born in the US are born using Medicaid (state funded healthcare for very poor families). The article in the NYT included Moms doing this with 4,5,6 kids, some with real developmental and health issues. Taking out the issue of government support (too big of a headache to discuss), I worry what kind of lives these children will have, how are they being raised with so little, etc. Clearly, after so many kids, this is a lifestyle choice for the Mom (raising kids in poverty) not a steppingstone to a better life for her family. It breaks my heart. Their future, their education, with these kind of choices.

      So when I see a family like Kate's, I say "Mazel!" to as many children as they want to have. Well raised, well loved, good education. The world needs them.:)

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    3. Of course another person who thinks they can tell William and kate how many kids they should have. Really.

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    4. Silvia, I for one agree that in this day and age one can be more thoughtful about having vs adopting children. It strikes me that given how many kids die of hunger every day (and how many of them in Africa, where both William and Harry have long lasting emotional connections), it would have been an amazing and incredible thing for them to do and an example to the world at a completely different level, had they said that they want a large family, with many children and they have decided to adopt a poor orphan- perhaps even one who didn't look like them!!! That to me would have shown a level of awareness and consciousness that goes beyond the boundaries of their 'obligations'. So whilst I try not to judge, I will make a simple observation that I don't expect people to agree with, but I hope all will understand that it is just that; a respectful opinion that reflects my opinion. I wish them and everyone else only happiness and hope we can all work together to make this a better world for all

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    5. What if George VI and his wife had adopted Elizabeth? In 1926 when QEII was born, George VI had no expectation he would ever be king, let alone one of his daughters. A series of unexpected events resulted in HM's ascending the throne, following her Father's death at a comparatively young age. An adopted King or Queen of the UK? That would end the 1000 year tradition of an inherited monarchy. What would that have done to the stability of the monarchy? Or, disqualifying the adoptee, Princess Margaret Queen?

      You have proposed an ideal that could be a choice for many---Angelina Jolie, Mia Farrow, Madonna come to mind...just not for heirs to an hereditary monarchy. I personally feel that all pets should be adopted from the vast supply of homeless cats and dogs, with sterilization required.
      Human breeding and adoption is a little more complicated. anon1

      For those who feel lower income individuals should not be allowed children-Abraham Lincoln's parents were dirt poor. On the other hand, I have read that the majority of serial-killers come from upper-middle income or wealthy families. Should that result in the limitation of children for the wealthy?There is sometimes a sense of entitlement and inability to feel or understand the problems of those less fortunate.
      I'm not saying a wealthy person can't feel empathy. However, there is a mind-set that is often necessary to obtain great wealth, other than inherited wealth, which also brings some insulation from the problems of the less fortunate. (something about camels walking through the eye of a needle, too)
      It is a choice that must be made: to involve oneself in the problems of others. It is easier to see those problems when one either lives amongst them or chooses to become involved outside one's own daily environment.

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    6. No one has said that poor people shouldn't have kids, anon1. You are just pot stirring again.

      On top of that, your comments sound out of touch and do not reflect thoughts or feelings from someone who has been in the trenches helping people or someone who has dealt with poverty themselves.

      Pointing out the sadness in raising 4,5,6 kids in poverty is common sense. Ask any child that grew up that way.

      Here's a history lesson for you... Lincoln discussed at length being saved from his abject poverty by his hard working and industrious step-mom. He called her his "angel mother". Before her, they didn't even have a door on their cabin, no real meals, nothing. Most children in poverty aren't blessed like he was to be saved like that. And yes, saved he was. He said, without her, they would probably not survived as children.

      There was a recent study from the University of Oregon on how parents raising their children in poverty must protect the kids from the different hardships and emotional challenges they face in order to develop well. Poverty is a very serious issue in raising children. And the cycles that come from it sadly can be generational.

      It is common sense to point out that having 4,5,6 children while living in poverty is wrong.

      I wasn't going to respond to you, because frankly, why bother? But this is an important issue and your comments are out in left field.

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    7. Actually, the pot had already been well-stirred before I jumped in with my opinion. However, you chose to single me out to label "pot-stirrer._ Interesting...

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    8. Well, as I said, I didn't expect people to agree. I will though continue to believe that after having 'an heir and a spare', there was a real option (that has nothing to do with others - celebrities or not - having made similar choices). It has to do with going beyond the level of one's individual family and embracing the much broader perspective of the world. In fact it's not that different than being a spokesperson for elephants. Being more than that and actually showing the world through personal direct example that it's crucial that we all understand the connectidnes of our world. That as long as there are children dying of hunger everywhere, we all bare a blame. And that they have decided to make a difference. Beyond speaches and showing at charities. Completely deeper. Missed opportunity. But again, I am still not judging. It is their choice and of course I (like everyone else) respect it. Hope the little new addition to the family will bring everyone happiness.

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  13. I can't believe some are surprised that they are having more kids! Kate, as we know, loves being a mom and comes from a family of three. I bet even a fourth could happen.

    As far as her being sick..."oh, she's so tough and strong" This makes me shake my head! She's not a normal mom going through this. She's at KP with tons of help, probably a nurse full time, IV drugs at KP to treat this, doctors dropping by. If ANYONE can do this, it's her! She's not taking care of a family or doing a job and struggling with this condition.

    Let's have some honesty here and admit what this illness really looks like in her world. And no, I'm not belittling her suffering. And some will say, sick is sick. Um, no it's not. Sick with all the help, medical care, no responsibilities is not a normal person being sick. Two different worlds. And this is sick with a limited window, for the purpose of a baby.

    It's like some hype the drama because it's Kate, making her into this super human, when actually, it's the opposite. Let's keep a level head about this.

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    1. Her sickness is not just morning sickness. It is very bad and it is life threatening. Even with all the resources kate has I would not wish that on anyone, rich or poor.

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    2. The flu is also life threatening, killing many people every year. But we keep it in perspective because it doesn't kill most of the people who get it.

      No one is "wishing" this on Kate!! But if anyone has the time, help, and resources to deal with it, it's her.

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    3. I understand the initial point here...to an extent. Kate IS fortunate to have round the clock, in home professional care. I'm sure she'd be the first to point out that she's the exception to the rule here and to appreciate how fortunate she is to be so well looked after.

      To suggest that she's not taking care of a family or doing a job during this time invokes an image of Kate lounging on a gold embroidered bed while shunning her children and shrugging off professional duties while taking advantage of this "time off for rest". I'm sorry, but I just can't see that happening.

      All signs have pointed to Kate (and William for that matter) as being active, engaged parents. I'm sure being laid up with a severe sickness (WHICH THIS IS...EVEN UNDER DOCTOR'S CARE) is completely disheartening to Kate...especially with George's first day of school so quickly approaching. I'm glad Carole was able to be there today, and I assume we'll see lots more of her as William and Maria have their hands full with two children under the age of 5 running around the house.

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    4. Well, 1:50, people with this condition are hooked up to IVs to reduce the nausea and vomiting. I think we can all assume she is laid out, not moving, on complete bed rest. As she should be!!

      Where in my comments do I ever suggest that Kate is taking advantage of being sick?!? Quite frankly, that's offensive to sick people who need all the help they can get.

      By merely pointing out that she's not struggling like 99% of women and moms with this condition, that it's not a surprise to see her pregnant again because of this illness... all of this does not amount to accusing her of anything bad.

      I am simply stating that being amazed, like some posters are, that she would get pregnant again because she suffers from this is a little crazy. Let's keep a level head about what Kate is facing.

      You won't take may words and turn them into something they aren't.

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    5. Well, Anonymous 2:10-we can't consult your comments to ascertain what you actually said because this extended Anonymous conversation looks like someone having a discussion with himself. So, perhaps ---keeping a level head about this discussion---an Anonymous has no real basis for taking personally any remarks addressed to "Anonymous."
      Just a thought-in my 30+ years as a professional nurse, I have never noticed that a wealthy person suffers less than a poor one. When a wealthy patient expires he is just as dead as an unwealthy one.

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    6. Well said aka anonymous - illness doesn't care about your bank account

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    7. As a non princess that has a good husband, good parents and healthcare, I would see my treatment as very similar to hers albiet maybe not all at home but her care isn't that much different than everyone's.

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    8. Exactly.

      She is sick, no matter how wealthy she is. And yes....sick is sick.

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    9. The reality is that there is only so much the "best" care can do. They can't make her HG go away and even kept at bay as much as possible it sounds like a horrendous experience.

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    10. AKA if you think poor patients don't suffer more than wealthy ones, you aren't looking too closely.

      None of us are getting care like Kate has, none of us. To call her "strong" and "brave" is ridiculous.

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    11. How do you know?

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    12. Ok so you want a "suffering scale" anon 6:00?! Only the suffering that corsses a certain threshold counts? And a wealthy woman can never cross that threshold? There is some suffering even the most expensive medicine you buy cannot alleviate. Nobody is denying that the poor suffer signicabtly when it comes to healthcare. But to pretend that a wealthy woman such as Kate cannot experience "legimate" suffering is the dehumanize her.

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    13. Excuse me having another child knowing you have had HG is being brave and strong. Let's see you trying to cope with that even if you have all the help in the world. Unless you have had HG I don't think you should judge. Believe me if This was Diana or any other person you would probably say the were brave and strong. So please!!

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    14. Kate probably didn't blink an eye at getting pregnant again. Drama much, ladies?

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    15. I think it would be wonderful if we could all show the respect for others choices and their right to be in charge of their lives as much as we desire that respect for our own choices. Can we not assume William and Kate are doing their best? Just as we would like others to assume this of us? In my opinion, there is no "winner" in these types of discussions but mutual respect.

      So thrilled for them and their baby on the way!

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  14. A new life should always be celebrated as it is a gift. It should not be clarified with environmental changes and work load.
    Congratulations to the Cambridges and hopefully she will feel better soon

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  15. Oh beyond thrilled!!! I was hoping so much they would have a third, but would never expect Kate to put herself through it again, and I do hope she is safe and as comfortable as possible. I can't wait to know if it's a boy or a girl, and what the name will be - omg, how wonderful! They're going to need another nanny, lol! Three is more than a handful! I wish them the absolute most very best, so much love from Portland, Oregon, and I hope dear Kate feels better asap! xoxoxo

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  16. Lol!!!! I popped in to see what Kate is wearing today and read this instead. Was not expecting this news at this time but very happy for the new royal addition. A bit of a disappoinment that she will be off the scene for a while though. Yet, a new prince or princess will be wondeful to look forward to. Guess all those rumours were true! Who knew?

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  17. I was completely astounded by this news, given the arguments I have outlined before; however, this was Kate's call, not mine, and many people like to replicate a formula which worked for them as children--and Kate was raised with two siblings. So....CONGRATULATIONS,W&K!

    I do hope that the HG isn't too severe or long-lasting, and that she's feeling well enough on the 7th to accompany George to his first day of "big kids" school. George might be disappointed otherwise and I'm sure that Kate would be. Fingers crossed. I also hope that the British public doesn't whine about having 'another scrounger to feed', something I'd expect of Daily Mail commenters.

    Altho I'd read a brief report a few weeks ago regarding a short hospital stay for Kate--in Marlybone(sp?)...where the heck is that?--I dismissed it as gossip. Now, I'm not so sure.

    Personally, I'm hoping for a girl--the age gap between this child and George is too great, IMO, for them to be best friends while young; later, maybe. A girl, on the other hand, might be a companion for Charlotte, and vice-versa.

    JC

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    1. Brothers and sisters are great companions too!! My brother and I were 18 months apart and thick as thieves growing up!!

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    2. oversixty.com.au/news/news/2017/08/duchess-kate-rushed-to-hospital/

      Obviously she was in hospital.

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    3. Marylebone is a part of London. It is close to Harley St. where so many top notchBritish doctors practise, and also to the King Edward the Seventh Hospital for Officers which is a private hospital, and the one that CC was admitted to when she was pregnant and sick with Prince George. The name Marylebone comes - I believe - from St Mary of the Bow, or a similar church name.

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    4. Thanks for the info, Anon, @ 7:29 PM. Much appreciated.

      JC

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    5. Anon-just guessing...derived from French for Mary the good...Mary le bonne. I believe there is more than one branch of Edward VII Hospital. Was it a hospital in Marylebone or a hospital named Marylebone?

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  18. The HG label always seems to be a bit confusing to me- women who suffer from HG become malnourished and lose weight and are, generally, too ill to do anything. In contrast, I've always thought Kate looks her best when pregnant- she is able to put on weight and she looks beautiful/glowing. I'm not trying to say she doesn't have morning sickness, only that because she looks so great while pregnant, it doesn't seem to fit the characteristics of someone who is malnourished/unable to put on weight.

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    1. I believe (and I'm not a doctor so I could be way off base) that HG can affect all women differently. For example, Kate seems to only suffer in her first trimester whereas some are plagued throughout their entire pregnancy. Once she's hit her stride in the second and third trimesters, Kate truly does shine and seems to enjoy being pregnant.

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    2. Kate gets good care so no one is going to let her become malnourished. She has always been diagnosed immediately which many women are not because some people don't believe them.
      She obviously gains weight but not a ton. I don't think they would exaggerate if she didn't have it.

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    3. My understanding is that the malnourished symptom comes from not being able to take in adequate nutrition and hydration - so if you can supplement (for example through IV liquids) you can avoid the malnourishment side effects of the condition

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    4. A friend of mine had HG with each pregnancy. During the first trimester she usually lost weight instead of gaining weight. With her first she lost almost 20lbs. Her tummy still poked out. When her first trimester was over she would start to put the weight on and because things were "better" but it meant that she only tossed the contents of her stomach once or twice a day instead of every hour or less. Honestly, if you've never known anyone suffering from HG you just can't imagine how awful it is and your financial situation or station in life just can't change the way the human body reacts. Maybe a public engagement doesn't seem like a big deal to most but, in all honesty, if a smell or anything else triggers her stomach do you really want to see the 10,000 photos of it splashed across all forms of media?

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    5. 7:33:
      No one thinks Kate should be doing engagements while sick. Why bring that nonsense here?

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    6. 7:51:
      I believe that's exactly what people are saying when they complain that she can't fulfill her commitments when she knew that getting pregnant would make her sick. Along with the complaints that she shouldn't have anymore children/should adopt instead/doesn't suffer because she's rich and privileged - that's where the nonsense is.

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  19. She always gets super-skinny before she gets pregnant. I'd been wondering about this all summer and was delighted to read the news this morning.

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  20. I honestly don't believe Kate actually has HG! It doesn't only affect you during the first trimester! It affect you through your entire pregnancy! She wouldn't be able to tour or do any of the things she's done while pregnant if she actually had it! I had it with both of my pregnancies and even getting out of bed was a nightmare! I didn't gain more than 20 pounds! It was debilitating!! Kate only suffers during the first trimester... which makes it normal morning sickness! I'm sure it's extremely bad for her during those months, but she does not have HG! And Bo the "experience" isn't all that different for different women! It doesn't quit after a few months! It lasts and it sucks!

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    1. Just BBC HG affected you one way does not mean that women who experience it differently do not also have HG. Several comments here make me wonder about the commenters ignorance of how health and medicine actually work.

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    2. Some women have HG during their entire pregnancy and some have it through half or about that. I've had it seven times...I know how it is different from morning sickness. I feel for those women who've had it their entire pregnancy (and I wouldn't have had as many kids if I wasn't counting on it stopping for me around 15-18 weeks as it is HORRIBLE even for that long.) There are marked differences between HG and morning sickness and HG is diagnosed by a doctor-usually to do with the amount of water/food that can be kept down, dehydration and ketones, and 24/7 nausea.
      I'd also like to note that something else besides our sanity :) that HG robs us moms of is the inability to keep our pregnancies private until we want to tell. As a mom who has also experienced miscarriage and has wanted to wait for announcement because of this, but couldn't as I had to "cancel" life in general, it makes it doubly hard. I am sure Kate would MUCH rather wait till the second trimester to tell but can't as it would be obvious something was up.

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    3. Kindly refrain from diagnosing Kate or anyone from afar. You look foolish.

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  21. The comment in July had me really suspecious... I had always hoped they would have one or two more... But then again with George being loaded with great names and Charlotte being weighed down a bit name wise I thought no, they're done.. But if it wasn't for the hg I thought they'd definitely have had more.. And that's just what went on in my head, I can't imagine theirs!!! To say I'm happy for them is rather a under statement!!! I think she WILL be there Thursday for George!!! Now bring on the date guessing, gender guessing, name guessing, how fast she'll leave the hospital this time, what color dress she'll wear etc etc etc!!!

    And how could she have really held down a job, any job really, and be William's girlfriend? You would've really wished all of that harassment on her every single day of her life or every time she did leave Clarence House? I don't. I think she was "in training" then.. They are really the only Royal couple that had time to be alone as a couple and grow. It was allowed by his father and the Queen.. It was the best way, I think, to make sure she could handle it all!! She's done fabulously!!! So please don't bicker!!! One last thing... I read somewhere that when Charlotte was born they hired another nanny, if so we've never seen her have we?? Jane do you know either way?? Doesn't matter to me, they can afford it and I'm sure will need the help more now than ever!!!

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  22. To the commenter who is upset that KP had released a full Fall schedule for Kate that now has to be cancelled, I seriously doubt that the Cambridges gave KP a heads up that they were actually trying to conceive and to hold off on scheduling until further notice.

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    1. Since I assume you are talking to me Beth, I will answer you. The KP schedule was announced not even a week ago. If Kate was hospitalized on August 12th with HG as was rumored, she has known since then. If it is a more recent discovery she still would have known as the earliest HG hits is at 4 to 6 weeks. Why announce things and build up ecpectations when they most likely won't occur? Its bad PR. That is the only point I've been trying to make.

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  23. I am just SO excited that there will be another Cambridge baby! My husband actually woke me up early yesterday morning to tell me the good news. I can't wait for all the pregnancy fashion and for another great "baby watch!" I hope that this joyous news brought some measure of comfort to William (and Harry) as they marked the anniversary of their mother's passing this past week. Cheers to Kate for such a poised and elegant showing at her engagement last week despite battling HG! Can't wait to watch another Kate pregnancy with you all!
    Kate in NE

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  24. I am beyond thrilled at the news of a new Cambridge baby coming. I wish Kate a speedy recovery and I hope she can enjoy the latter stages of this pregnancy too. I am saddened by some of the really unkind comments surrounding Kate on this blog. Nobody deserves this kind of criticism when they're dealing with a health condition (and especially on a fan blog). We're all entitled to opinions, but I feel they would be better aired in another forum.

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  25. Where and by whom was Kate's "busy Fall schedule" promoted? And date? As far as I know, Kate's schedule is rarely published beyond two weeks ahead, other than tours, for example. What was listed beyond this week's engagements?
    I think it is very possible that a royal reporter may have speculated about her schedule, reworking/rephrasing the January, 2017 press release about the move of primary base to KP and the "gradual increase of duties in the Fall." As so often happens, such space-filling stories get picked up by other sources and eventually, no one can remember who said what and when. There may be an assumption that this "busy Fall schedule" quote came in a KP press release, since it alone can speak authoritatively on the subject of Kate's schedule. Most importantly, the documented January press release did not refer to Kate-only William. And he obviously, as documented by KP Twitter today, has indeed embarked upon a busy Fall schedule.
    If false expectations were encouraged, William and Kate aren't the instigators. anon1

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    1. Direct source KP Twitter, August 29.

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  26. HoosierLori, I so agree. Those bloggers are the same ones that comment on other blogs as well trying to spread as much negativity as they can. They need to look at their own lives.

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