Royal correspondent Victoria Murphy said the Royal Family “would not normally want to announce a pregnancy before the 12-week mark” but as a result of her morning sickness hospitalisation, they made the call to confirm Kate was pregnant. In recent months, hype surrounding whether Kate and husband Prince William could welcome another child to the Cambridge fold has erupted. Many observers believe they could join the likes of Princess Eugenie, who confirmed she was expecting a child in early 2021, and make the announcement, which would no doubt lift the spirits of Royal Family fans.
But while she was pregnant with George eight years ago, Windsor insiders opted to tell the public Kate was pregnant after she was hospitalised in London’s King Edward VII Hospital.
Ms Murphy, a former royal reporter with the Daily Mirror, said that after the announcement, the couple received public and family support, which helped her cope with the acute morning sickness.
She said: “There’s been an outpouring of support for the couple that made them feel, perhaps, a little bit more positive about the whole thing.
“The Royal Family would not normally want to announce a pregnancy before the 12-week mark, and we understand it’s quite a substantial way before the 12-week mark.
“We believe she’s about seven to eight weeks pregnant at the moment.”
Reports from 2012 revealed that William and Kate were staying with the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents in Berkshire when she began developing hyperemesis gravidarum symptoms.
According to ABC, William reportedly drove “50 miles to get her to hospital where she was placed on an IV drip” to support her.
But while she was in hospital, a spokesman for St. James’ Palace said that the “Duchess of Cambridge is continuing to feel better”.
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He added: “She and the Duke of Cambridge are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received.”
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, explained the Royal Family would have preferred to have waited as Kate at the time was less than two-and-a-half months pregnant.
She told ‘Good Morning America’: “Well they didn’t want to let it out because she’s still probably about the 10-week mark but they knew that once Kate was seen going into the hospital… that it was going to be out of their hands and then the media would have control of the announcement.”
A week before the announcement, Prince William sparked claims that Kate could have been pregnant after he accepted a baby romper suit, which had an image of a helicopter and the words “Daddy’s little co-pilot” on it, from a member of the public.
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The Duke of Cambridge, who was an RAF Search and Rescue Pilot, smiled when he collected the item, before adding: “I’ll keep that.”
William and Kate were in Cambridge when they were approached by Samantha Hill, who gave the couple the gift.
According to the Daily Mail, Ms Hill said: “I made it for when his little one comes along, he’s a helicopter pilot so his baby will think his daddy is cool.
“When I gave it to him he said ‘I’ll keep that’ and handed it to his aide.”