YAKIMA, Wash., December 13, 2012 – The big news this month seems to be that England’s most loved couple is expecting a baby in the spring. Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton, the couple that saved the monarchy of England, will now provide an heir to the British throne. By now you and everyone else know that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant. The world is ecstatic and the English are thrilled.
And here’s a wrinkle in all the good news: the baby may be babies, possibly twins. Kate had been in the hospital with a rare form of morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). HG is severe form of morning sickness that includes debilitating nausea and vomiting which can lead to weight loss and dehydration. It is thought that less than 2% of pregnant women are afflicted with this severe form of morning sickness.
Here is another wrinkle. This severe form of morning sickness is often associated with women who are pregnant with girls and many times with twins. Yes, twins. HG is thought to be caused by increased levels of HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin), which is consistent with multiple births, i.e. twins. Who knows, Kate could become the mother of twin girls.
Prince William is second in line to the British throne; his first offspring will be the third in line to the throne. Great Britain and her Commonwealth countries changed the succession to the throne by allowing either a female or male to occupy the sovereign’s chair.
Kate and William firsts met while the two were attending St. Andrew’s College located in the Scottish countryside of Fife. Both had majored in art history, but William changed his major to geography after meeting Kate.
It is reported that Princess Kate helped him with the decision and William listened.
It wasn’t until 2004 that their status as a couple became known through photographs taken in the Swiss ski resort of Klosters. The paparazzi haven’t left them alone since.
Last September, the very popular couple had gone to a private chateau, The Chateau d’Autet, which is south of Aix-en-Provence, where the royal couple expected some privacy and got exactly none. Some unscrupulous paparazzo photographed Kate sunbathing topless.
At the time this writer wrote, “Picture this, the paparazzo fellow snaps off dozens of photos of Kate and William by the pool. Some of the photos are of Kate topless; others are of Kate and William doing … well, whatever young people do around a pool when they think there alone.”
Now we know what they were doing: a future monarch, conceived by a swimming pool in the south of France. Ok, so that’s just my speculation.
No wonder the paparazzo jumped into his beat-up, twenty-year-old Fiat that could hardly make the next hill and headed to Paris with the photos. His head was full of dreams of fame and fortune. He may have even snapped the one picture of the Royal Conception.
If so, it’s possibly worth millions of dollars, pounds, Euros. Again, who knows?
While the paparazzo is getting rich, Princess Kate has gotten a debilitating case of morning sickness, one that could indicate girly-girl twins.
Kate, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, may now have to forego the handing out of shamrocks to the Irish Guards next St. Patrick’s day. This elite unit is a regiment of the British Army and is represented by an honorary “colonel” whose is member of the Royal Family. Yes, none other than the Duke of Cambridge himself, Prince William, Kate’s husband.
Maybe Camilla Parker-Bowles, William’s stepmother, could step-in for Kate, although she isn’t actually that popular with the English commoners. The facts are that she almost brought the monarchy down when she married the seemingly self-centered Prince Charles, who had divorced the very popular Princess Diana, William’s mother.
Charles’s parents, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, did not attend Camilla and Charles’s civil marriage ceremony. And at a later special service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the strongest act of penitence was read from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer:
“We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we, from time to time, have committed by word, thought and deed, against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.”
Got to love the English.
But back to the Royal Couple: The world is now focused on the next generation of Royals. Charles, Diana and Camilla are yesterday’s news. The world is in a tizzy over the William and Kate, excited by the new arrival — or is it arrivals.
Larry Momo writes columns for the Washington Times Communities and the San Pedro News Pilot.
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