With a tweet first thing Monday morning, which is certainly one way to wake up the British journalism industry, Clarence House broke news of Kate Middleton's second pregnancy:
Prince William and KMid confirmed the story with a statement of their own, via their official ~*royal website. They are "very pleased," apparently. However, in less exciting news (for poor KMid at least) they added that, "as with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum," an unpleasant pregnancy complication which means she is likely suffering from nausea, dehydration, and quite possibly vomiting all over her royal suite — pity the chamber maids. KMid is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace, and a public engagement planned for today has been canceled.
A follow-up tweet from Clarence House added that the Queen and both families "are delighted" by the news, as are monarchists and fans of KMid's maternity style worldwide. Royal baby George is going to have a younger brother or sister! Won't he be excited? Serious question, because I'm not sure, despite the tweet's promise.
UPDATE: Prince William stepped out in Oxford for a public appearance today, sans Kate, who is currently home at Kensington Palace fighting a nasty case of morning sickness, better known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Of course, he fielded lots of questions about Royal Baby #2, to which his responses were oh-so-dad-like and oh-so-adorable. It didn't take long for gifts to start coming in for the royal-to-be, as well. The Duke of Cambridge was tight-lipped about the details surrounding Kate's pregnancy, but responded to the questions about Kate's health. "She's feeling OK, thanks," He says. "It's been a tricky few days, a week or so. But basically we are thrilled. It's great news—early days. We are hoping things just settle down and she feels better. I'm going to go and look after her now."