British royal couple expecting second child

British royal officials said Monday that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, are expecting their second child.

Once again, Kate is being treated for acute morning sickness in the early phases of her pregnancy. The first time she was so ill she required hospitalization. Now she is being treated by doctors at her residence in Kensington Palace. She canceled a planned engagement in Oxford to rest and receive medical care.

Prince William told well-wishers in Oxford that Kate should be over the worst of her symptoms in a few weeks. He repeatedly thanked people for congratulating him and said Kate was disappointed she could not travel.

“She’s feeling okay, thanks. It’s been a tricky few days — week or so — but obviously we’re basically thrilled, it’s great news, and early days. We’re hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better.”

The new baby will become fourth in line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry to fifth. George, who is 13 months old, is third and likely to become Britain’s monarch one day.

Britain changed its laws before George’s birth so that the couple’s first born would be in line for the throne regardless of its sex. Before the change, a girl would have lost her place in line if a boy were born later.

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