Since the announcement of her pregnancy, Kate Middleton has been the center of attention. The Duchess of Cambridge, who has already welcomed two children with Prince William, revealed her pregnancy in early September.
When the pregnancy was announced, people were quick to remember that the Duchess had previously suffered from a potentially fatal illness during pregnancy, a very extreme form of morning sickness. With her third pregnancy, Kate Middleton was experiencing it all over again.
"As with her previous two pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum," said a press release.
The condition is so serious, Middleton was put on bed rest and wasn't even able to attend George's first day of school.
However, she seemed to get better as the pregnancy went along, and was even well enough to attend an event where a viral photo of her, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry was captured.
Unlike with Princess Charlotte and Prince George, their Royal Highnesses planned to have a home birth with their third child.
According to Express, a source claims Middleton had discussed her decision with Prince William, who was supportive of her choice.
"Above all they have agreed that having a home birth would save a massive intrusion into the day-to-day running of any hospital where she gave birth," the source said. "They were very concerned about the chaos caused with the first two children as hundreds of press and public camped outside for several days, and they would like to avoid a repeat if they could."
However, last week, it was announced that Kate Middleton had been admitted to the hospital.
"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour," Kensington Palace said. "The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge."
Since being admitted to the hospital, speculation has run wild as to when the Duchess of Cambridge would give birth, and whether the baby would be a boy or a girl. Now, we finally have our answer!
In a series of Tweets, Kensington Palace confirmed the birth of the couple's third child.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.
They also posted a photo of the media waiting to catch a glimpse of the newest royal.
The world’s media are gathered outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital ahead of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child. pic.twitter.com/FLr1lL2AyT— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
While many people are excited to finally learn the sex of the new royal baby, close followers of the family will remember that Prince William accidentally let the secret slip during a recent outing.
While at an Aston Villa football game in Birmingham, England, the Duke of Cambridge suggested that he would insist the name of the new baby would be that of the player who scored the game-winning goal for his favorite team.
“I’m going to insist the baby is called Jack,” before adding after a pause “... or Jackie”.
In the past, Princess Charlotte would have been bumped out of succession due to the birth of her younger brother. The soon-to-be three year old is somewhat of a history maker. In 2011, succession laws were changed which saw succession pass to an individual's child, regardless of gender. Currently, Charlotte is fourth in line for the throne.
However, prior to 2011, if Will and Kate's third child was a boy, Charlotte would have been bumped down to fifth, even though she's older. This no longer applies, and gender does not play a role in succession.
Prince Harry's Knock-Down
(Almost) everyone's favorite royal, Prince Harry,was fifth in line for the throne before the newest royal was born, but now he's been bumped down to sixth. Because he is younger than William, Harry and his future children are behind his brother's family in succession order. However, as previously stated, if for some reason either George, Charlotte, or the new son became King or Queen before they turned 18, Harry would become the Prince Regent, and essentially serve as ruler until the true heir came of age.
Harry doesn't seem to mind however.
"The reason I am now fifth is because of my nephew and niece and I could never wish them away," he said in a prior interview. "They are the most amazing things ever."
Harry already has a lot on his plate anyways, as he and Meghan Markle are getting ready for their upcoming wedding. They're set to break a lot of traditions, including what kind of cake they'll serve at the ceremony.
The traditional wedding cake is usually fruitcake, as is customary in the United Kingdom. The logic is that fruitcake lasts a long time while frozen, which means the top layer of the cake can be served at the christening of their first child.
It was widely reported, however, that Meghan and Harry want a banana cake, as they both love "anything with banana," and also because it was the first image Markle posted after her relationship with the prince was confirmed.
Harry and Meghan have also both voiced their desires to have kids one day.
“I’m a godfather to quite a few of my friends’ [kids],” Prince Harry said. “Um, actually only five or six... I think the key to [be a father] is to grow up, but also to be able to stay in touch with your childhood side. If that means going to someone’s house and sitting there and playing PlayStation and kicking the a** of their son on CounterStrike, or Halo, or whatever it is, then I’ll try and do that. I’ve actually had a lot of practice for that.”
“I also dream to have a family," Markle said in a separate interview. "It's all about balance, and I have so much happiness in my career and am fortunate to travel the world and see so many amazing things - it will also be nice to be anchored to something grounded and in the same place. Raising a family will be a wonderful part of that."