Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton, 37, is expecting her second child with husband James Matthews, a source close to the family has claimed. According to the insider, the whole family is “delighted” by Pippa’s baby news but whether or not they will meet-up this Christmas is a different question entirely.
Kate, 38, and Prince William, 38, are yet to confirm their Christmas plans but the couple are expected to travel to Norfolk with their three children – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two.
The Cambridges were based in London at Kensington Palace throughout the second lockdown as George and Charlotte attend school locally.
However, since George and Charlotte broke up for the Christmas holidays last Friday, the family could choose to leave the capital ahead of Tier 3 restrictions coming into effect on Wednesday.
From December 23 to 27 Covid-19 restrictions will be relaxed across the UK to allow up to three households to bubble up over Christmas.
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Whether Kate and William will form a bubble with Pippa, her husband James and their two-year-old son Arthur remains to be seen.
However, pregnant women are among those considered to be at high risk from Covid-19 which could prompt Pippa to be particularly cautious and isolate away from wider family over the festive season.
Revealing Pippa’s happy news, a source told PageSix: “Pippa and James are thrilled, it’s fantastic news amid a difficult year. The entire family is delighted.”
Kate and Pippa’s mother Carole Middleton dropped a huge hint about how her grandchildren could enjoy one Christmas tradition at a safe distance this year.
The post added: ‘If you’re planning a virtual Christmas, cousins in different households might enjoy organising their goodies for Santa together over a video call.”
Kate and Pippa’s parents may face a difficult decision about which of their daughters to spend Christmas with this year.
The doting grandparents have often helped William and Kate out with childcare in the past and will have no doubt been missing spending time with George, Charlotte and Louis as the pandemic has kept them apart this year.
Last month, Carole also revealed on Instagram that she would be joining her grandchildren via video link to watch them decorate the Christmas tree this year.
The PartyPieces post read: “We may not be able to get together but, after a year like 2020, we need to remember what’s really important this Christmas.
“For me, what really matters is that my family feels connected.
“I normally let my grandchildren help me decorate the tree.
“This year, I’ll ask them by video call to decide which decoration should go where. It may need to be tastefully rearranged later…!
“Curating our Christmas ranges gave me some joy and escapism, and I hope they help you feel the same.
“From alternative advent calendars to Christmas decorations and stocking fillers, Party Pieces has everything you need for this festive season, which we hope is a safe and happy one for all.”