Media gather outside London hospital where Catherine Duchess of Cambridge is being treated for severe morning sickness.(Photo: Sang Tan AP)
Are we excited yet? Yes, the media mob frantic for royal baby news is
camped outside Duchess Kate's London hospital today as attentive
husband Will visits again and a few wacky looky-lous crane their necks
The finally pregnant Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, 30,
spent her first night last night in the private King Edward VII Hospital
in central London where she is being treated for a relatively rare case
of acute morning sickness. She is expected to remain there for at least
a few days.
No royal detachment for Prince William, 30, who
arrived today to spend more time with her as she struggles through the
early stages of her pregnancy with their first child, a future king or
queen. Will was dressed casually, having secured leave from his job as
an RAF helicopter pilot in Wales.
Her parents, Carole and Michael
Middleton, also are expected to visit today, as will sister Pippa
Middleton, who lives near the hospital.
At one point, a man dressed in a puffy winter coat and a Prince
William mask had to be escorted away from the entrance to the hospital
by London police.
Meanwhile the world celebrity media, especially
the London-based paparazzi, are gathered outside the hospital, known as
a discrete favorite of the royal family, waiting for ... well, what
exactly? News. Any news.
So far, there's not much to report after
Monday's reluctant palace announcement that the duchess is pregnant,
compelled by the certain-to-leak fact that she had been hospitalized.
now it's waiting time for everybody. Meanwhile, the British media, not
to mention the rest of the world, is busy reporting all sorts of related
matters, such as the details of severe morning sickness (hyperemesis
gravidarum), what the bookies are saying about the odds on baby names
and what happens if she gives birth to twins.
The usually serious Telegraph
reported that a "cold statistical analysis" suggests the duchess will
bring forth a girl who will grow to be 5 feet 10 inches. The usually
less serious Daily Mail reported that twins, unprecedented in the English royal succession, could be a "problem" if they're born just seconds apart.
what's the problem? Last year the Danish crown princess gave birth to
twins, but the boy was born 25 minutes before the girl and so took
precedence in the Danish succession.
Only seven or eight more months of this to go.