The palace officially confirmed Monday that Kate Middleton is expecting her second child with Prince William, but that doesn’t mean the Duchess of Cambridge will be as open with the rest of her pregnancy. Due to her current battle with acute morning sickness and her recent relocation to the countryside, insiders report that Middleton is now hoping to remain out of the public eye during the remainder of her pregnancy.
“Kate and William unofficially moved to Amner Hall earlier this summer and they’ve been there for much of her pregnancy so far,” an insider told E! News. The couple, who relocated to Norfolk, England, to be closer to Prince William’s new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, were forced to go back to London in order for Kensington Palace doctors to treat Middleton for hyperemesis gravidarum, or morning sickness. Despite the duchess’ current health issues, the couple is reportedly planning to spend the remainder of their time awaiting their young one’s arrival out of the public eye.
“As soon as she’s feeling better, they’re going to head back to the countryside and really enjoy the pregnancy in private,” said a source. “She can relax and go for walks through the fields and woods with [their dog] Lupo in the country air, which is real tonic for her.”
In the meantime, Middleton is being pampered not just by palace doctors, but by her mother, Carole Middleton. “[She] has been visiting them a lot, staying for several days at a time.” said an insider. Other than cooking up some of her daughter’s favorite delicacies, Carole is also helping take care of her royal grandson. “Kate has very little energy to rush around after a toddler,” said a source.
Due to Middleton's equally turbulent pregnancy with Prince George in 2012, she wasn't shocked by her recent bout with pregnancy illness, say insiders. “They had thought that she might be lucky and not suffer this time, but they knew before they decided to have another baby that it was a possibility,” said a source, adding that Middleton, despite being “terribly ill,” has been “bravely fighting” the sickness. “Kate’s very practical and takes everything in stride," said a source.
The palace confirmed Monday that Middleton and Prince William were expecting. “The queen and members of both families are delighted with the news," the British monarchy said in a statement. “Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany the Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford.”
It is unclear if Middleton’s desire to remain private during her pregnancy will affect her coming tour to Malta and scheduled appearance at nightclub owner Charlie Gilkes’ wedding in Italy later this month.