Kate Middleton Pregnancy Watch Day 1: Kate’s ‘Inner Circle Buzzes’
KATE Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with her second child. The media reacts:
The spare is on its way. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second baby, it was announced today in a public statement that came close to repeating the drama of the news of her first pregnancy two years ago. Once more the Duchess is suffering from acute morning sickness – and once more the couple have been bounced into revealing the news earlier than they would have liked.
Huzah! But how do we know she’s with Princess or Prince?
In July a number of bookmakers suspended betting after Jessica Hay, who was at school with the Duchess and successfully anticipated the first pregnancy announcement, said that the Duchess’s inner circle was “buzzing with the news that she is pregnant.”
Kate’s inner circle is buzzing. That’s how the Royal body clock works – it’s got a built-in alarm. It it clinks, the Royal Footman could be out of a job as Kate gives birth to a Tea’s Maid.
The Express says Prince William “hinted he may not be relishing sleepless nights with a crying newborn”.
Maybe the nanny can move a few doors further down the corridor?
The Daily Mail leads with Prince Harry’s reaction:
I’d love to see him cope with a girl… I can’t wait to see him suffer!’: Cheeky Harry teases William as it’s revealed Kate is pregnant with their second child – but suffering from severe morning sickness
Do royal women suffer more than the men? They mostly outlive them. But it can be rough.
Kate Middleton is treated at Kensington Palace for acute morning sickness which can leave sufferers dangerously dehydrated and vomiting up to 30 times a day
No-one mention Diana’s eating, ok.
But who cares what ‘the spare’ Harry thinks? The Telegraph notes:
…royal biographer Penny Junor told The Telegraph, the position of ‘spare’ can present a challenge too. “I think being a spare is actually a very, very difficult position for a member of the royal family,” she said. “For a start, to be called spare is pretty insulting and it leads a child to feel perhaps not so important as their older brother. They know that the older brother is being groomed for something special, but what are they being groomed for?”
Polo? Bone marrow?
“I think it might be easier for the spare if this new baby turns out to be a girl because then, I think, there are no comparisons about looks or about brains. A girl and a boy – they’re different anyway.”
The Mirror creates a list of “five things” you need to know. Helen Horton is in full bullshit.com mode:
Second-born children are more likely to be rebellious…
Children who are born second are more likely to compare themselves to others, and be competitive…
Second born children are more likely to have better people skills. This could be why Prince Harry always finds himself at parties.
Children born second are more likely to rely on friends more than family….
Second-born children are more likely to be leaders and entrepreneurs….
6. Second born children are more likely to have an older sibling.
7. Second born children are more likely to laugh at Prince Charles
Emma Barnett notes:
…it is a decision that most regular working women of Britain do battle with: when to take the plunge and have the second – especially while trying to balance a career with motherhood.
It is an emotional tightrope and the decision is no longer just influenced by the woman’s health or the natural urges of both parents. There is another force at play: the boss.
One employer, who wished to remain anonymous, says it all depends on the size of the business. “Maternity leave in a small business is a nightmare. It’s very different in a big company –which is totally set up for these situations with major HR departments.”
The Guardian wonders: “Will a new baby save the uion?”
Only if Alex Salmond is the daddy.