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Duchess Kate ‘getting better’

Severe morning sickness could mean twins on way

  • Members of the media wait outside the King Edward VII hospital in London yesterday, where Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for very acute morning sickness. Photo: Toby Melville/ Reuters

    Members of the media wait outside the King Edward VII hospital in London yesterday, where Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for very acute morning sickness. Photo: Toby Melville/ Reuters

  • The Duke of Cambridge leaving King Edward VII Hospital in central London after visiting his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. News of the pregnancy has caused excitement in Britain and beyond. Photo: PA

    The Duke of Cambridge leaving King Edward VII Hospital in central London after visiting his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. News of the pregnancy has caused excitement in Britain and beyond. Photo: PA

The Duchess of Cambridge is “continuing to feel better” and she and the Duke are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received, St James’s Palace said yesterday.

Kate spent a second night in a private hospital where she is being treated for a severe form of morning sickness after revealing her pregnancy on Monday.

William spent most of the day at the bedside of his wife, who is likely to be on a drip so she can receive fluids intravenously to combat the effects of dehydration caused by the condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

Her illness could indicate she is having twins as mothers carrying two babies have a greater chance of developing the severe morning sickness.

But while there is concern for the royal couple, there is excitement across the UK and beyond, with messages of support sent from leading figures both at home and abroad.

A St James’s Palace spokesman said: “The Duchess of Cambridge is continuing to feel better.

She and the Duke are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received.

“She will remain in hospital at present and will continue to be treated for hyperemesis gravidarum.”

The baby news comes just over one year since Commonwealth nations agreed to scrap centuries-old laws barring first-born daughters from inheriting the British throne if younger male heirs were available.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Monday that Britain was currently in the process of overhauling the 1701 Act of Settlement.

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