Insider Details About Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Third Child, Revealed

There has been a lot of fanfare since Kensington Palace announced that Kate Middleton was pregnant with her third child. But outside of the initial announcement, the royals have kept mum on the issue. What’s the baby’s due date? Is Kate having a boy or a girl? And what’s up with the rumors that she’s having twins?! We did a deep dive to find the inside scoop on the Duchess of Cambridge’s third child.

Why the announcement was such a big deal

Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be welcoming another sibling. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

As it turns out, the royal family doesn’t immediately announce when someone is pregnant. Kensington Palace was somewhat forced to announce Kate’s pregnancy earlier than they would have liked, because she was missing events due to morning sickness. (More on that in just a minute.)

Why the gender is staying a secret

Prince William and Kate Middleton Helicopter

We won’t know the baby’s gender for awhile. | Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

It’s actually quite common for the royals to keep the gender of a new baby a secret. Sometimes, the parents themselves don’t even know the gender until the baby’s born! Although Prince William and Kate Middleton did a gender reveal before Princess Charlotte was born, they’ve chosen a more traditional route for baby No.3.¬†

How will they choose the name?

Prince George of Cambridge eats a sweet as he leave following the service at St Mark's Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The new baby will probably be named after a royal. | WPA Pool/Getty Images

Picking a name for a royal baby can be tricky. Yes, the family traditionally names their children after past royals, giving Will and Kate a well-formed list of names to choose from. (And given the classic names of their first two kids, there’s no doubt their third baby will have an equally traditional name.) The problem, however, lies in what names are still available, since royal kids normally have very long titles.

The royal hospital visit

Kate Middleton London Marathon Training

Kate will be given the best treatment while giving birth. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The baby isn’t due until April of 2018, but preparations are already underway for Kate’s hospital stay. Royal OB-GYN Alan Farthing — who delivered Prince George and Princess Charlotte — has reportedly postponed his retirement so he can deliver the next Baby Cambridge. The Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where both George and Charlotte were born, has already been reserved.

Is Kate’s morning sickness dangerous?

Kate and Prince

Kate doesn’t have the average morning sickness. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Duchess Catherine actually¬†doesn’t suffer from average morning sickness. She has the condition¬†hyperemesis gravidarum, a disorder that has plagued her in all three of her pregnancies. The severe nausea and weight loss kept Kate from attending scheduled events, and created worry that she wan’t healthy enough to be pregnant. Lucky for her, the symptoms have subsided — and she’s even well enough to take Prince George to school.

Addressing the ‘twins’ rumor…

Royal Family

It’s speculated that Kate and Prince William will be welcoming twins. | Michael Middleton – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Since the royal family has kept most of the details about Kate’s pregnancy a secret, fans and tabloids have been left to speculate and create their own theories about the third Cambridge baby. The biggest bombshell to hit the rumor mill was the word around Christmas that Will and Kate were actually having twins. The report even claimed that Kensington Palace had confirmed the news! Alas, the report was false, and twin royals are not on the horizon.

… and the Christmas card theories

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

People have already come up with theories on the baby’s gender. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Those aching to know the gender of the next royal baby have even gone so far as to say that the Duke and Duchess’s Christmas card is hinting at the gender. The photo of Prince William, Kate, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte all clad in light blue has some thinking this is the family’s way of sneakily saying that they’re expecting a baby boy. But keep in mind, the picture was taken over the summer, possibly before Kate even knew that she was pregnant. It looks like the gender won’t officially be revealed until the baby is born.

Prince William and Kate have talked about having more kids

Prince William is holding a microphone and talking on stage.

Prince William | Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Some are surprised by the baby news, but the royal couple has made it known that they want more kids. Back in July, they were in Warsaw when Kate Middleton was given a gift fitting for a newborn. Kate Middleton joked, “We will just have to have more babies.”

The third baby will not pass Charlotte in line of succession if it’s a boy

This is a closeup of Duchess Kate Middleton holding Princess Charlotte.

History in the making | Victoria Stephen Lock Pool/Getty Images

Historically, boys had a first call to the throne. But now rules have changed and due to that Charlotte wouldn’t be displaced in the line of succession if this new baby is a boy, according to People. So if for some reason it’s Charlotte’s turn to have the throne and she has a little brother this will be a historic first.

Prince Harry will now be sixth in line

This is a side by side picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Left: Prince Harry | Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images, Right: Meghan Markle | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

For those who aren’t clear where Prince Harry falls in the line of succession now, he is the sixth in line to the throne. The days of him getting married and starting a family are certainly on the horizon. He is engaged to Meghan Markle.

Additional reporting by Nicole Weaver.

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