Royal baby: Prince William shares his joy over Kate Middleton expecting third child despite 'anxious' start to pregnancy

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The Duke of Cambridge has told of his delight that Kate is expecting the couple’s third child and added that the pair have had an “anxious start” to the pregnancy.

Making his first public appearance since it was revealed he is to become a father again, William said: “It’s very good news.”

However, the Prince added: “We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating.

“It’s always a bit anxious to start with, but she’s well.”

“There’s not much sleep going on at the moment.”

William thanked well-wishers during a visit to the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford, where he addressed officers on Tuesday.

His comments came after Kensington Palace announced the royal couple were expecting their third child after Kate was forced to pull out of engagements because of severe morning sickness.

William was greeted by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Jean Fooks, and Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood, who both congratulated him on the pregnancy.

Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police Mark Collins joked about the fortunate timing of Kensington Palace’s announcement the previous day.

He said: “May I congratulate you and the Duchess of Cambridge on your wonderful news yesterday and may I personally thank you for saving the announcement for the day before the national conference.”

The baby will be a sibling to Prince George, born in in 2013 and his sister Princess Charlotte, who was born in 2015.

The new baby will have an HRH title and will be known as a Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

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The announcement is believed to have been made earlier than planned after the Duchess’ severe morning sickness forced her to cancel a planned visit to a children’s centre in north London.

As the Duchess is not yet three months pregnant, the due date for the baby is expected to be no earlier than March 2018. 

Kate’s first two pregnancies were also announced before the 12-week mark because she was unwell with the extreme form of morning sickness hyperemesis gravidarum.

The Duchess is expected to return to the private delivery suite at the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, where she gave birth to her two other children.

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