British royal couple expecting second child

LONDON (AP) — Prince George is not going to be an only child for long — the toddler will soon have a baby
sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace.

British royal officials said Monday that Prince William and the duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate
Middleton, are expecting their second child.

Once again, Kate is being treated for acute morning sickness in the early phases of her pregnancy. The
first time she was so ill she required hospitalization.

Now she is being treated by doctors at her residence in Kensington Palace. She canceled a planned
engagement in Oxford to rest and receive medical care.

Prince William told well-wishers in Oxford that Kate should be over the worst of her symptoms in a few
weeks. He repeatedly thanked people for congratulating him and said Kate was disappointed she could not

"She wishes she could be here," he said.

"She’s feeling okay, thanks. It’s been a tricky few days — week or so — but obviously we’re
basically thrilled, it’s great news, and early days. We’re hoping things settle down and she feels a bit

The new baby, boy or girl, will become fourth in line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry to fifth.
George, who is 13 months old, is third and likely to become Britain’s monarch one day. William is second
in line, while his father, Prince Charles, is first.

Britain had changed its laws before George’s birth so that the couple’s first born would be in line for
the throne regardless of its sex. Before the change, a girl would have lost her place in line if a boy
was born later.

William and Kate have often expressed an interest in having a larger family.

The royal couple and their families are "delighted" with the baby news, said officials at
Clarence House, the couple’s office. The announcement follows months of speculation in the glossy
British and American press about a possible baby brother or sister for George.

After hospital treatment for severe morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, Kate recovered and gave
birth to George in July 2013 without further complications.

The current illness means the 32-year-old duchess may need extra hydration, medication and nutrients.

Britain’s Press Association news agency 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

Royal officials said it wasn’t clear if the duchess will be able to carry out planned official
engagements, including a trip to Malta on Sept. 20 and 21 that would mark her first overseas solo trip.

Decisions on events would be made on a "case-by-case" basis, officials said.

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