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William: Kate 'feeling OK' despite morning sickness

The Duke of Cambridge says his wife is "feeling OK" after being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum after falling pregnant with her second child - adding that he was going home to "look after her".

Speaking at Oxford University today, he said: "It's been a tricky few days - week or so - but obviously we're basically thrilled, it's great news, and early days.

"We're hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better."

"It's important that we all focus on the big international and domestic news that is going on at the moment," the Duke said.

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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.

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."

William arrives alone to Oxford engagement

Prince William is presented with a small toy and a bunch of flowers as he arrives in Oxford.

The Duke of Cambridge arrived alone to formally open The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building.

He had been due to be accompanied by his wife but she was unable to attend due to severe morning sickness.

The Duke of Cambridge accepted a small fluffy toy and a bunch of flowers on his arrival - possibly the first gift for the new royal baby.

Prince William thanks a young girl for flowers and toy.

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Punters 'bet on new royal baby's hair colour'

Punters are already placing bets on the most obscure details of the upcoming royal birth following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's announcement.

People can predict the baby's hair colour, birth date and whether Kate and William will welcome triplets into the royal family.

Paddy Power are offering 6/4 that the baby's hair will be brown, ahead of fair (5/2), red (3/1) or black (5/1).

There are currently odds of 33/1 the Duchess will give birth to twins and 250/1 for triplets.

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers have described it as "the biggest novelty betting market of the year".

William's 'baby hint' was dispelled by Kate's drinking

During their last overseas trip Prince William appeared to 'drop hints' that Prince George could soon have a younger sibling.

When Cynthia Read presented the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a lace shawl she had made for the young prince, William told her: "You might have to make another one soon."

The Duchess of Cambridge tastes some wine during a vineyard tour in New Zealand. Credit: Arthur Edwards/PA Wire

The presentation, on behalf of the New Zealand government, occurred during the couple’s sixth day of their royal tour.

The storm these comments made was quickly dispelled as the Duchess was seen shortly after enjoying a glass of wine and a white water boat ride.

Alex Salmond congratulates William and Kate

Leader of the SNP Alex Salmond has congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after it was announced they are expecting their second child. Mr Salmond used their Scottish titles to send his 'best wishes' to the couple.

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