The Royal Family is having another royal baby. Kensington Palace announced that Kate Middleton and Prince William have a third baby on the way. That baby will soon enjoy Princess Charlotte and Prince George as siblings.
However, not all was rosy for the royals. As one source told US Weekly, “it was a difficult start to the pregnancy” for Duchess Kate.
The third time wasn’t the charm. For the first 14 weeks of her pregnancy, Duchess Kate—stricken with a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum—was confined to the walls of Kensington Palace.
However, she has been feeling significantly better as of late as the royal couple announced an expected due date of April 2018. The couple is leaving the baby’s gender a surprise this time, opting not to learn the tiny heir’s sex ahead of the birth.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2018. pic.twitter.com/jOzB1TJMof
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 17, 2017
What they will name the baby also remains a mystery. As People reported, bookies currently have bets on the name, with Alice being the odds-on favorite. While there is no specific rule against naming royal children—the couple is free to name them whatever they want—typically the Royal Family chooses from a list of historic royal names, such as Henry and Charles for boys or Elizabeth and Alexandra for girls.
“It should come as no surprise to see fairly normal yet regal names top the betting,” Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes told People. “Royal-watchers have been convinced over the last few weeks that an announcement was coming, and we’re paying out with a smile that their hunch was bang on the money.”
Regardless of being a boy or girl, the baby will be fifth in line for the throne, according to the Succession to the Crown Act. Though the baby will be after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte, the baby will be before their uncle Prince Harry.