There's a royal bun in the oven.
Buckingham Palace announced Monday that Prince William and Duchess Kate are expecting an heir to the throne.
The rumors became persistent in recent months. If poor Kate Middleton gained a half-pound and combed her hair differently, there was a feeding frenzy among royal watchers. It's like they have nothing to do all day but sit around paying attention to what other people do.
Uh ... right. Anyway, even though it seems like they just got married, Kate and William have had more childless time together than their predecessors. The prince's mother, Princess Diana, got pregnant with William a few months after her July 1981 wedding. Prince Charles, the next in line to the royal throne, was born just days before Queen Elizabeth II's first wedding anniversary to Prince Philip.
According to Todaynews.com, the duchess was admitted Monday to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with hyperemesis gravidarum (or severe morning sickness), according to a release from the palace. As the pregnancy is in its "very early stages," Kate will stay in hospital for several days, the palace said.
She must have a pretty good heath care plan.
The young royal couple, who wed in April 2011, have been very open about wanting to have children. Prince William has been quoted as saying he wanted two kids.
These royals don't mess around when it comes to heirs to the throne.
The new baby will become third in line to the throne, following its father and Prince Charles. The child's birth also will bump William's brother, Prince Harry, down a notch in the sequence.