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Prince William and wife Kate say baby expected in April

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate confirmed on Tuesday that their third child will be born next April.

The couple, whose official title is Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, announced last month that Kate was pregnant, but the date of the baby’s arrival was not disclosed.

“Their royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” Kensington Palace said in a statement at the time. “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

As with her two previous pregnancies, she has been suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum – very acute morning sickness, which generally require supplementary hydration, medication and nutrients and sometimes hospitalisation. It meant she was forced to miss Prince George’s first day of school, and other official royal engagements in the weeks since the news was announced. 

Now, in a short statement, the royals’ office Kensington Palace said the baby, who will be fifth-in-line to the British throne, was due in April.

Last week, Kate made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy, joining Prince William and Prince Harry at World Mental Health Day events, a cause she is “passionate” about.

“While there is more work to do, the walls of judgment and stigma around mental illness are finally falling. Catherine, Harry and I are proud to stand up in support of this community. All three of us have seen that mental health is at the heart of so many of the issues we are passionate about,” Prince William said.

On Monday, Kate made her second appearance since news broke that she was pregnant, attending a charity event at London’s Paddington rail station where she showed off a new, shorter hairdo (which immediately became headline fodder for gossip rags around the world) and was pictured playfully dancing with Paddington Bear.

She wore a blush pink dress by Orla Kiely with a flower appliqué, and naturally, at least one British tabloid jumped to the conclusion that the dress was a clue about the gender of the third royal baby.

Kate’s appearance at the event was a surprise as she was not scheduled to be there. A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said that the mum-of-two, 35, is “better but she’s still suffering”.

AP with Fairfax Media

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