Yesterday, the world was collectively giddy over the news that a third royal baby is on the way for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But today, Prince William explained to well-wishers that the future King and Queen of England have actually been a bit too nervous to celebrate themselves.
While attending a conference in Oxford, Prince William admitted that while the pregnancy is “very good news,” it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, according to The Telegraph.
“We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating,” William explained. “It’s always a bit anxious to start with, but she’s well.”
The Duke added that — like most parents of toddlers — “there’s not much sleep going on at the moment,” which can’t be helping with Catherine’s condition, either.
The father of three has watched his wife of six years go through two previous pregnancies before this one, and each time she has suffered terribly from hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness. As a result, the Duchess of Cambridge has had to announce her pregnancies a bit earlier than most doctors recommend, because she is simply unable to attend all of her royal engagements.
In December 2012, Kate was forced to announce her first pregnancy with Prince George, now 4, after being hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum. And in September 2014, the royal family announced her second pregnancy with Princess Charlotte, now 2, after she missed an official appearance. In both cases, Kate was less than three months along.
Still, by all accounts, the royal family is ecstatic over the upcoming arrival of Baby No. 3. Proud uncle Prince Harry even spoke out yesterday while at an event in Manchester about the “fantastic, great” news, saying he is “very, very happy for them.”
As for Kate, the mom and mental health advocate was last seen with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry on August 30, 2017, when they paid tribute to Princess Diana in The White Garden at Kensington Palace.
While it must be quite challenging to endure hyperemesis gravidarum for a third time (and now with two little ones!), we hope that the Duchess of Cambridge recovers quickly and can start celebrating the new addition to the family soon.