All eyes were on Kate Middleton when the palace announced her first pregnancy in 2012, however, some fans are unaware that her pregnancies with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, called for the abandonment of a significant royal tradition.
Each time Prince William and Kate were confirmed to be expecting a child, official statements about the pregnancies were released shortly after the Duchess of Cambridge learned she was pregnant.
According to the Express UK, royal protocol usually calls for the couple to wait until the female is 12 weeks into her pregnancy before they publicly share their baby news. In Kate’s case, she suffered from severe morning sickness and was hospitalized early on in her pregnancies.
During her first pregnancy, St James’ Palace announced the pregnancy following Kate’s hospitalization due to the condition. “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” read the statement.
“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”
Fans weren’t the only ones surprised by the pregnancy news, members of the royal family reportedly learn about Kate and William’s baby hours before the statement was shared with the public.
Following the birth of Prince Louis in 2018, there have been numerous reports alleging the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting another child, however, there has been no evidence suggesting Kate is pregnant again.