And so the paparazzi scrum begins.
Kate Middleton, pregnant with her first child, was admitted into King Edward VII Hospital in Central London on Monday for hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare maternity illness with symptoms mirroring extreme morning sickness.
According to Richard Palmer, royal reporter for London's Daily Express, the duchess was at her parents' home in Bucklebury when she fell ill and was driven to the hospital, where Prince William joined her. She is expected to remain at King Edward VII Hospital for several days.
Catherine's illness, hyperemesis gravidarum, means this could be the first of several hospital visits. About 70-80 percent of pregnant women experience some type of morning sickness, but only 1-2 percent suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum. According to AmericanPregnancy.org, the main difference between morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum is that nausea caused by morning sickness usually subsides after 12 weeks; due to her hyperemesis gravidarum, Kate's nausea could continue throughout her entire pregnancy.
Which means fewer chances for "bump watch" than many of us would like: Palmer reports that the duchess has cancelled her next three royal engagements so she can rest up.
But that probably won't stop the paparazzi, who are queued up outside the hospital. The duke and the duchess are already subject to intense media scrutiny and a baby will only invite more. After all, Princess Diana famously described her pregnancy with William thusly: "I felt the whole country was in labor with me." No doubt Catherine will feel the same.
See Clarence House's official statement and check out the liveblog below for constant updates!
12/06/2012 11:03 AM EST
Prince Charles: "I'm thrilled."
When asked about his daughter-in-law's pregnancy, Prince Charles told reporters, "It's a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age, if I can say so... I'm thrilled, marvelous."
He also jokingly alluded to Wednesday's hoax, when two Australian radio hosts prank-called Kate's hospital pretending to be the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. When approached by reporters today, he replied, "How do you know I'm not on a radio station?"
12/06/2012 10:59 AM EST
Kate Leaves The Hospital After 3-Day Stay
The Duchess of Cambridge was discharged from King Edward VII Hospital on Thursday after a 3-day stay. Facing the press as she exited the building with Prince William, she said, "I'm feeling much better, thank you."
12/05/2012 4:29 PM EST
What Kate Middleton Lost When Her Pregnancy Was Announced
@ ariannahuff :
.@lisabelkin: "What Kate Middleton lost when her pregnancy was
12/05/2012 4:20 PM EST
Where Will The Young Cambridge Family Live?
Prince William and Kate Middleton's plan to move into Kensington Palace has now been pushed to October 2013 due to asbestos. According to The Daily Mail, the "couple will be shuttling between rented farmhouse on Anglesey in North Wales and Nottingham Cottage in grounds of Kensington Palace."
12/05/2012 12:23 PM EST
Church Of England Publishes New Prayer For Duke & Chuchess Of Cambridge Today
According to The Telegraph, it says: "God our creator, we thank you for the wonder of new life and for the mystery of human love. We pray for William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they prepare to receive the gift of their child. We thank you that we are known to you by name and loved by you from all eternity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
12/05/2012 12:03 PM EST
Pippa & James Middleton Have Left The Building
@ SkyNewsRoyal :
#Royal #Pippa and #James Middleton have just departed the hospital where #Kate is, having stayed for approx 2hrs
12/05/2012 11:07 AM EST
Pippa & James Middleton VIsit Kate In The Hospital
@ britishroyals :
Pippa & James Middleton are in the hospital to see Kate. Lovely! # royalbaby
12/05/2012 10:34 AM EST
Prince William Visits Kate Middleton In The Hospital For Third Day In A Row
Prince William smiles as he enters King Edward VII Private Hospital to visit his pregnant wife on Dec. 5 in London.
12/05/2012 9:12 AM EST
Kate Middleton's Nurse Fooled Into Revealing Private Details
Just one day after Kate Middleton arrived at King Edward VII Hospital in London, two radio hosts from 2Day FM, a Sydney-based station, decided to play a little prank and ring up the hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. And it actually worked -- their call went through a receptionist before they were transferred to the Duchess of Cambridge's nurse.
12/05/2012 9:10 AM EST
Katrina Darling, Kate Middleton's Burlesque Dancer Cousin, Congratulates Her on First Pregnancy
UsWeekly reports: "I was so pleased to hear the good news and wish mother and baby every health and happiness," Playboy's September 2012 cover girl said of her expecting relative who she has never met.
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