Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to her third child and it’s a boy!
The new royal baby is Prince William and Kate’s third child, and a younger sibling to four-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte.
Kate gave birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, which is known for its extreme privacy, where the royal couple’s other children were born.
Kensington Palace tweeted the news:
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 Duchess was admitted to the hospital this morning (April 23) when she entered the early stages of labour.
She has been on maternity leave since March 22 with her last royal visit being to a charity lunch in London.
Kate did not know until the birth whether she was having a boy or girl.
Male heirs now do not take precedence over female ones thanks to 2013’s Succession to the Crown Act.
Prince Harry though now moves down to sixth in line due to the new arrival which has bumped him from the number five spot.
Just like her two previous pregnancies, Kate experienced hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) during the first few months which is an extreme form of morning sickness.
Affecting roughly two per cent of all expecting mothers, symptoms include constant nausea, severe vomiting and weight loss.
The condition meant Kate had to spend three days in hospital while pregnant with George but thankfully was well enough to avoid it during her second and third pregnancies.
The Duchess was subjected to vile online abuse when she made her first public appearance following the announcement of her third pregnancy.
Despite suffering from HG, Kate attended a reception at Buckingham Palace for World Mental Health Day (October 10) with photos of the event appearing on the Kensington Palace official Instagram account.
‘Lady99alta’ criticised Kate’s weight and health writing:
There is no such thing as morning sickness. HG is caused by severe malnutrition and vitamin deficiency. Look it up in Wikipedia.
When Catherine admits publicly she is an anorexic and has a severe eating disorder only then I will take her mental health campaign seriously.
She is more 30 lbs underweight and is well known for not eating and exercising for hours on end.
It is physically impossible to be as emaciated and malnourished as she is and grow a healthy baby. It doesn’t happen.
However among the hateful posts some people, many of whom had suffered from HG, wanted to put the record straight and commented on how lovely Kate looked.
‘Aliciacourtney_’ for instance wrote:
You have no idea what you’re talking about. As someone who has suffered hyperemisis more than once I really feel for the poor woman. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
Oh and I was perfectly healthy before falling pregnant, no deficiencies or lack of weight here so that throws that theory in the bin.
I’m sorry Kate you’ve had to go through HG again but it’s nice to know that even princesses can suffer trying to bring a beautiful baby in the world.
It takes pure determination to keep going when you feel beyond horrid day in day out. Ignore the hate. People often criticise what they don’t understand.
Hear, hear indeed!
The child’s name is set to be announced in the coming days.
Congratulations to the family!