Saturday 19 October 2019

Another heir from the perfect professional princess

Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

Kate Middleton cannot seem to put a foot wrong. She is the perfect princess. Since the day she met Britain's Prince William in university she has slowly but surely won over the royal family - that can't be easy - the British public, and then the world.

Despite her sister Pippa's backside upstaging her on her wedding day, Kate continues to be the consummate professional.

She looks stunning while wearing - shock horror - high-street clothes. She smiles and charms everyone wherever she goes. Then, between travelling the globe and non-stop royal engagements, she somehow manages to produce an incredibly cute son and heir.

The Queen of Britain must be dancing a jig in her palace apartment. No more miserable princesses leaking secrets to the media about cheating husbands and cruel mother-in-laws. No more daughters-in-law being photographed having their toes sucked by men other than their husbands.

The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate seems a lot more grounded and stable than her predecessors. Perhaps the credit should go to her devoted parents.

After all, poor Diana and Fergie came from complicated backgrounds.

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Now, Prince George will have a sibling - a 'spare to the heir'. Kate does however have one hurdle to overcome - her awful morning sickness. The official announcement stated that, "As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace."

On her last pregnancy the severity of Kate's condition drove her to be admitted to hospital for treatment.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is quite a rare condition which causes severe vomiting during pregnancy.

The incessant vomiting can cause dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis.

It affects 3.5 per 1,000 pregnant women. Symptoms include severe nausea, low blood pressure and fast heart rate, headaches, lethargy or confusion.

The condition is treated by giving women fluids intravenously and by anti-sickness tablets.

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It was interesting to hear that Kate is being treated at home in Kensington Palace this time. It was her ill-fated trip to hospital during her last pregnancy that caused so much chaos and tragedy.

While the sick princess was being treated at King Edward VII Hospital in London, which is the hospital of choice for the royal family, the infamous hoax call was put through to her nurse.

Two radio DJs in Australia called the hospital pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. They asked about the Kate's condition and the nurse who answered the phone, Jacintha Saldanha, transferred the call to the Kate's private nurse, who gave intimate details about her condition.

The stunt was broadcast in full and rocketed the radio pair to international fame. But that turned to infamy when Mrs Saldanha was found hanged three days later.

Kate is wise to stay within the safety and privacy of Kensington Palace while she gets medical treatment. Hopefully by avoiding going to hospital, she can ensure that this pregnancy will be less traumatic and eventful than the last one.

The other good thing about the second pregnancy is that Kate can hang up her boots once this baby is born. She will have truly done her duty to her country. Two heirs is all one could ask for.

And this child will undoubtedly have more fun than poor old George.

Second-born royals are characteristically less cautious and enjoy the freedom that comes with not having to prepare to rule as monarch.

After this baby, Kate can take her head out of a bucket and hand in her baby-producing notice.

She will have done her job admirably by providing the royal family with a prince and a spare.

Irish Independent

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