The Duke of Cambridge opened up about his wife’s pregnancy today during his first public appearance since it was announced he is to become a father for the third time.
Similar to her previous pregnancies, the Duchess of Cambridge, 35, is suffering from extreme morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. She is being cared for by a team at Kensington Palace.
The rare condition causes severe vomiting and affects 3.5 in every 1,000 pregnant women.
And it appears the acute morning sickness has stopped any celebrations at Kensington Palace.
Prince William said: “We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating. It’s always a bit anxious to start with, but she’s well.”
With a smile, he added: “It’s very good news.”
Prince William was visiting the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford today, where he addressed officers as the event’s keynote speaker.
The Duke of Cambridge revealed that there was “not much sleep” being had at the main family home of Kensington Palace, which the couple share with ehri children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, with Kate suffering from the debilitating illness.
Kate’s brother-in-law Prince Harry said “I think she is okay” when asked how she was coping, and welcomed the news.
The announcement of her pregnancy delighted royal watchers after it hit headlines across the world on Monday as the Duchess was forced to pull out of forthcoming engagements due to the illness.
Kate, who is also one of three siblings, is expected to give birth in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, London, next year.
The new baby will become the fifth in line to the throne behind older siblings George and Charlotte, pushing Prince Harry into sixth place for the first time.
The announcement about the royal baby comes as Prince George prepares to start his first term in school in Battersea, south-west London, on Thursday.
His mother is “hopeful” she will be able to take her son to his first day of school, as it’s a landmark day in his life.
But a decision will be made closer to the day.
The Duke also visited north Kensington – in support of Grenfell Tower fire survivors – at the Support4Grenfell community hub.
Support4Grenfell was set up by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to offer mental health resources for those affected by the Grenfell fire.
The trio are known for their spearheading of mental health causes, fronting the Heads Together campaign…