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Prince Harry has said he is “very happy” to hear that he will become an uncle for the third time after Kensington Palace announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby.
The Prince was stopped by reporters in Manchester as he arrived for a visit to a Walking With The Wounded hub where he shared his excitement at the news.
Kate and William’s third child will be born fifth in line to the throne, bumping ‘Uncle Harry’ out of the top five for the first time and into sixth place.
But that did not dampen his joy at the news, saying: “Fantastic. Great. Very, very happy.”
When asked how Kate was, he added: “I haven’t seen her for a while but I think she’s OK.”
The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace after being struck by severe morning sickness, forcing her to cancel a visit to a children’s centre in north London.
Following news of the couple’s third baby, Grandfather the Prince of Wales is said to be “delighted”, as is the Queen and other members of William and Kate’s family.
Clarence House said of heir to the throne Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall: “They are delighted at the news.”
Kate is believed to be less than 12 weeks pregnant, with Kensington Palace making the announcement early because she is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, as she did in her previous pregnancies.
The Palace said in a statement: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.
“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
Asked for Prime Minister Theresa May’s response to the announcement, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “It is fantastic news and she passes on her congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”
The announcement comes as William and Kate are preparing to send their eldest child off to school for the first time.
Four-year-old future king George starts at fee-paying independent school Thomas’s Battersea in south London on Thursday.
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