LONDON • Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine Middleton are expecting their third child, their office said yesterday after the Duchess was forced to cancel an engagement due to severe morning sickness.
The baby will be fifth in line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father William and elder siblings George, four, and Charlotte, two.
The couple, who released the news via their office at Kensington Palace, did not say when the baby was due. "The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news," the palace said.
Britain's monarchy has ridden a wave of public support in recent years due to the emergence of the younger royals, Prince William, Catherine and William's brother Prince Harry.
The Duchess and Prince William married in a lavish ceremony in 2011 watched by about two billion people around the world.
Two years later, international camera crews and photographers camped outside a London hospital to record the birth of George, and returned two years later for his sister Charlotte. George and Charlotte have since appeared on the front covers of magazines around the world.
"This is fantastic news," British Prime Minister Theresa May said. "Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge."