LONDON — The Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, is expecting her second child, the royal household announced Monday. Prince William said he was "thrilled" at the announcement after what had been "a difficult few days." As with her first pregnancy, with Prince George of Cambridge who was born on July 22 last year, the former Kate Middleton is suffering from acute morning sickness and being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace, royal officials 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 second child," the statement said. "The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news." The baby will become fourth in line to the throne, and push Prince Harry to fifth. The Duchess’ sickness — called hyperemesis gravidarum — may require additional hydration, medication and nutrients, and will prevent her attending a planned visit to Oxford on Monday. She required hospitalization during her first pregnancy. Bookmakers were already taking bets on the name and birth date within hours of the announcement. London-based William Hill offered “Alexander” as most likely at 9 to 1, with the Duchess giving birth to twins offered at 20 to 1.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.