Move over North West, there’s a new baby in town. That’s right, Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy on Monday at 4:24 pm London time. Details are still coming in but it has been reported that he weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces. Everyone is said to be in good health as a nation celebrates the birth of a new royal family member.
We’ve been on the edge of our seats all day, practically straining to hear the Duchess of Cambridge’s labor screams, as we await news from London on the birth of the new prince or princess. And now, we here at VH1 have huge scoop about the identity of Will and Kate’s baby…
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While most celeb-obsessed eyes are still nursing real or vicarious Golden Globes-related hangovers, we thought we’d bring you a bit of news from the U.K., namely, that St. James Palace has decided to reveal Kate Middleton’s due date. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July,” said a statement released to Us Weekly.
This announcement confirms two things for us: 1) She’s not having twins, as some had speculated due to the prevalence of extreme morning sickness among women carrying multiples. And 2) her hospitalization forced the royals to reveal her pregnancy about a month before they ideally would have liked to. If she’s due in July, she was very early into her first month or two of pregnancy when they made the announcement.
But the great news is that Kate is doing much better these days. “The Duchess’s condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month,” the royal statement says. And now we can all begin to buy those baby gifts for the happy couple. We just hope they don’t invite these guys to the shower.
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Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse working as a receptionist at King Edward VII Hospital, where a pregnant Kate Middleton was recovering from extreme morning sickness, was found dead this morning, and police suspect suicide, the Daily Mail reports. Saldanha was apparently the receptionist who fell for the prank call made earlier this week by Australian radio DJs, impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to get intel on the Duchess’ health.
“Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues,” a statement from the hospital said of the mother of two, who was found unconscious at a residence near the hospital and could not be revived. “We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time.”
Can you even imagine what it’s like to be a nurse treating the expectant mother of the possible future King or Queen of England? It’s not like any hospital nurses have easy gigs as it is, what with the long hours and bodily fluids and being responsible for people’s health. Sure, the staff at King Edward VII’s hospital were probably initially excited that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, would be treated for her extreme morning sickness at their facility, but then the pressure was on to get her back in royal shape. Which is why we are not amused at all by the prank pulled by Australian 2Day FM radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian yesterday morning.
The DJs somehow acquired the phone number of Kate’s ward and called to see if, using terrible accents pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, they could get an update on her health. To their astonishment, they were put through to a nurse, who cheerfully responded to their questions about the duchess’ “tummy bug.” “She’s sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night,” the woman told Greig. “She’s been given some fluids, she’s stable at the moment.”
Today, the hospital released a statement acknowledging that they fell for the prank. “This call was transferred through to a ward and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII’s Hospital deeply regrets this incident.”
Now, the poor nurse didn’t reveal much more info than you’d expect a publicist to release, but man, she must be dying of remorse right about now. But it’s not her fault! She’d been up all night taking care of an ailing pregnant woman and someone just handed her the phone. For their part the DJs feel bad that such a stir was caused too, since they clearly didn’t think things would go that far. “We were very surprised that our call was put through, we thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents. We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well.”
So basically, we expect whoever answers the phones at King Edward VII is in deep …
William, the Duke of Cambridge, leaves the hospital after visiting his ailing pregnant wife
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Congrats, William and Kate! We all knew that if we speculated about this enough times, eventually it would be true: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child, their spokespeople at Clarence House announced today (which we learned via Today, since everyone has crashed all the official royal sites with their excitement over the news). Unfortunately, it seems that they were forced to announce this news because Kate was admitted to the hospital Monday morning with severe morning sickness and is expected to stay hospitalized for days, as the pregnancy is in its very early stages. Ooooh, we feel your pain, Mama! But congrats anyway!
The couple have only been married for a year and a half, but bump watch has been in full effect since their wedding in April 2011. When Kate drank water instead of wine at an event in September, the media went crazy (and yeah, we can totally relate to that one too — which, what does that say about our normal drinking habits?). Lately, some sites were even pointing to the fuller shape of the Duchess’ face as proof that she was with child.
The newest addition to the royal family will be third in line for the throne, after his/her grandpa Prince Charles and dad William. (Harry, you are free to resume your naked billiards, as you are now fourth in line.)
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