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Royals 'miss privacy' due to early baby announcement

Royal historian Dr Kate Williams has said that it must be "very hard for William and Kate" after they were forced to announce the Duchess' pregnancy early, meaning "they don't have that early period of privacy".

As with her last pregnancy the Duchess of Cambridge has suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness).

This has meant she has been prevented from carrying on her royal duties, forcing the palace to confirm both pregnancies earlier than most parents might go public.

Expectant parents usually wait until after the first trimester.

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Royal historian: Being 'spare heir' can be difficult

Royal historian Kate Williams has said that being the 'spare heir' in the royal family can be a difficult position.

Dr Williams described Princess Margaret as: "the example of someone who didn't enjoy being number two."

Flowers for mum-to-be Kate as William arrives in Oxford

Beth Lily Barton presents flowers to Prince William in Oxford on the day that it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

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