Kate Middleton and Prince William famously broke with Royal tradition when they chose not to employ a full-time nanny for Prince George. But its seems the expectant parents have conceded that a toddler and a new born baby might be too much of a handful for them to manage on their own.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly decided to hire a maternity nurse following the birth of their second child.
A source close to the couple said: “It was really hard work with George and there were lots of sleepless nights. So Kate has said she’s going to have help with the next one.”
Following the first royal birth William and Kate went against tradition by retreating to the Middletons’ family home in Bucklebury.
On this occasion, they are expected to move into their new home at Amner Hall in Norfolk.
The property has been extensively refurbished and the young royals are said to be eager to settle in to their new home soon after the birth.
“There is a nanny annex and a guest suite with plenty of space for Kate’s family. Kate and William plan to go to their own family home after the birth” said a source.
The new baby will be delivered in London, in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where Prince George was born in July last year.
The couple confided to friends that they had wanted to try for another baby this summer. “It was the plan, but they are surprised and of course delighted it has happened so quickly” the source added.
They wanted to ensure a short age gap between George and his sibling, and it has been said that they would love a little sister for George.
“There’s just a year between Kate and her sister Pippa and they are very close. Kate and William want that for George too.”
The Duchess has spent the past six days being treated for the severe morning sickness condition hyperemesis gravidarum.
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The royal, who is William’s cousin, told Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba how thrilled she is that the couple will welcome a new baby next year, adding that the she had “much to celebrate” on the night she found out the news.
Eugenie and Uzo were deep in conversation at the US Open on Tuesday, which the Princess attended with entrepreneur Phil Winser.
Princess Eugenie is “excited” for pregnant Kate
The following day Eugenie and her mother Sarah Ferguson made a joint appearance at BGC’s Charity Day in New York, their happiness at the family’s news evident in their broad smiles.
In the wake of the surprise announcement that Kate is pregnant, numerous royals have spoken of their joy for the couple.
Eugenie made the comments at the US Open on Tuesday
The day after Clarence House confirmed William and Kate are expecting baby number two, Prince Charles announced that he was “thrilled” for his son and daughter-in-law.
“It’s wonderful to have another one,” said the first-in-line to the throne. “I’m happy I’m going to be a grandfather again. I’m looking forward to it – but I hope it will be a girl this time.”
Prince Harry has also expressed his enthusiasm at having a new niece or nephew, saying that he thinks Prince George “will be thrilled having another small younger brother or sister.”
Harry also joked that he is keen to see his brother William “suffer more”, with the arrival of the new baby.
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When you’re the parents of a riotous toddler, “date night” is whenever you’re (a) awake, (b) alone, (c) not splattered in bananas, peas, carrots – or worse.
So when Prince William and Princess Kate stopped by the Old Boot Inn in Kate’s hometown of Bucklebury for a midday bite a few weeks ago, the couple gleefully sneaked in a little one-on-one time away from their 14-month-old “rascal” Prince George.
Kate “was looking as well as ever and was really talkative,” an observer tells PEOPLE.
“People were going up to them for a quick chat, and they were in good form. They both seemed very happy.”
Now much of the world knows why.
On Sept. 8 William and Kate, both 32, revealed that another little prince – or princess! – is on the way, just two months after celebrating George’s first birthday.
As with Kate’s first pregnancy, however, the timing of the announcement was not of the couple’s choosing: Once again Kate is battling hyperemesis gravidarum, the form of severe morning sickness that landed her in the hospital during the early days of her pregnancy with George.
The Queen and members of both William and Kate’s families are “delighted” with the news, Kensington Palace said.
Kate is said to be suffering from acute morning sickness, as she did with her first pregnancy, and is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace. She is no longer joining her husband on a planned engagement in Oxford today.
Prime Minister David Cameron offered his congratulations to the couple today, saying: “Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I’m delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.”
Kate was due to join William in formally opening Oxford University’s £21 million centre dedicated to the study of China. He will still attend, as planned, Kensington Palace said.
The announcement that the couple are expecting their second child comes two months after Prince George turned one.
The third-in-line to the throne was born on July 22 last year to a worldwide fanfare.
Kate suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum with her last pregnancy and is suffering from the very acute morning sickness again, meaning she may need extra hydration, medication and nutrients.
The couple’s second child will become fourth in line to the throne, shifting Prince Harry further down the line of succession.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s announcement will throw into doubt whether she will be able to attend her first solo overseas tour, set to take place in Malta later this month.
Kate’s first pregnancy was revealed when she was just a few weeks pregnant after she was admitted to hospital suffering from severe morning sickness in December 2012.
Hyperemesis gravidarum, which affects 3.5 per 1,000 pregnancies, causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine, called ketosis.
It is understood that Kate’s pregnancy has not passed the 12-week stage – a similar position to when she was struck by the illness when in the early stages of her first pregnancy.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said the Duchess’s attendance at future events would be decided on a “case by case” basis.
Kate is scheduled to be among the guests at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in London on Wednesday evening along with William, Harry and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
The following day she is due to attend a solemn Drumhead service at Lee Valley Athletics Centre with the Duke and Harry, and later with William to watch Invictus competitors taking part in matches and heats.
The Duchess is due to make her first official solo overseas tour for two days in two weeks’ time, from September 20-21.
A spokesman said: “We will be planning this on a case by case basis – it’s too early to talk about Malta and Invictus.”
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said: “This is very happy news for any couple, and on behalf of the people of Scotland, I am delighted to send our best wishes to the Countess and our hearty congratulations to the royal couple.”
The Duchess is known in Scotland as the Countess of Strathearn.