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Another Royal Baby Is On The Way, And That Means Big Changes For The Royal Family

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced to the world that they are now expecting their third child together!

In a statement issued by Kensington Palace it read, "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child".

But are we surprised?

Rumors have been floating around for the last 2 months since the royals toured Poland and Kate hinted about having more children.

While visiting Warsaw, they were given a cuddly toy designed by Whisbear which are supposed to be given to newborns because they mirror the sounds from inside the womb.

She offered her thanks for the gift and turned to her husband and joked, "'We will just have to have more babies."

Turns out it wasn't a joke after all!

It was also noted that the Duchess barely touched her glass of wine during a garden party in the Queen's honor just hours later.

Now that they have another baby on the way, how did Prince Harry react?

This unborn baby sits 5th in line for the throne after their grandfather Prince Charles, their father Prince William, their big brother George, 4, and their older sister Charlotte, 2.

Thanks to a law change in 2013 before the birth of George, Charlotte will remain 4th in line even if this new royal baby, due next spring, is a boy. Previous to the change, the male members of the royal family would automatically overtake their sisters in the line of succession.

This makes Prince Harry, William's younger brother, 6th in line for the throne.

A couple of months ago, Harry said that no one in the Royal Family wants to be king or queen.

"Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen? I don't think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time."

Prince Harry has never kept his lack of interest in the throne a secret.

"The monarchy is a force for good and we want to carry on the positive atmosphere that the Queen has achieved for over 60 years, but we won't be trying to fill her boots. We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people."

The news takes significant pressure off of Prince Harry, where there is much speculation of an engagement to his girlfriend Meghan Markle.

According to the legislation, the first 6 people in the line of succession must obtain the monarch's permission to marry. Which means he will still have to ask permission to marry the American actress.

Harry shared his excitement on Monday while he was visiting victims of the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in May. He told reporters that he is delighted to be an uncle 3 times over and that it was “fantastic, great." He added, "Very, very happy for them.”

He also confirmed that the mother-to-be was doing alright.

“I haven’t seen her for a while but I think she’s okay,” he said.

The Duchess, who is believed to be between 8 and 12 weeks pregnant was forced to miss her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children's Centre in London, instead stayed home at Kensington Palace where she is cared for.

“As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today,” the statement said.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is much more serious than the nausea commonly experienced by expectant mothers. It affects around 15% of all pregnancies and can even land the mother-to-be in hospital. It is caused by elevated levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG, which increases after conception.

During her first 2 pregnancies, Kate battled Hyperemesis Gravidarum, and was even hospitalized when she was expecting George in 2012.

Sources: Daily Mail / People / Telegraph / Daily Mail