Key decision Duchess made to ‘not upstage Queen’ amid pregnancy

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KATE MIDDLETON and husband Prince William made a key decision surrounding their first child together because they did not want to “upstage the Queen”, unearthed accounts reveal.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge so far have three children together – with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all part of their young family. In recent weeks, speculation has mounted that the couple may wish to have a fourth baby to join the Cambridge fold, particularly after Kate gushed about her love of parenting on a podcast. But months before she was pregnant with son George, Kate and William both made a key decision to ensure that when they announced they were expecting, it wouldn’t overshadow a key event in the Queen’s diary.

Normally, royal historian Robert Lacey said, within a year of a royal couple getting married, they will announce they are expecting – particularly when they will be giving birth to a future heir.

However, speaking after Kate and William revealed they were having their first child together, Mr Lacey – author of ‘The Queen – A Life in Brief’ – said: “The Queen and Diana had their first child within a year.

“We wondered why they were waiting and now it’s clear.

“They didn’t want to upstage the Queen’s jubilee.”

Kate Middleton pregnant: Key decision Duchess made to 'not upstage Queen' amid pregnancy

Kate Middleton pregnant: Key decision Duchess made to ‘not upstage Queen’ amid pregnancy (Image: GETTY)

Kate Middleton pregnant: Key decision Duchess made to 'not upstage Queen' amid pregnancy

Kate Middleton pregnant: Key decision Duchess made to ‘not upstage Queen’ amid pregnancy (Image: GETTY)

Other factors that may have swayed their decision, included the fact their new home in London was due to be ready in April – so they would be able to move into the property as a family.

It was also reported that at the time, Kate and William had already committed to various royal events, including taking part in an international Jubilee tour on behalf of the Queen.

Mr Lacey also exposed a key way William would be different to his father Prince Charles, and grandfather Prince Philip, with regards to supporting Kate through her pregnancy.

He told ‘Good Morning America’ in 2012: “I think we will see a very ordinary pregnancy, a very open pregnancy.

Kate Middleton pregnant: Key decision Duchess made to 'not upstage Queen' amid pregnancy

Kate Middleton pregnant: Key decision Duchess made to ‘not upstage Queen’ amid pregnancy (Image: GETTY)

“Already the details of what’s happening to Kate are not being hidden as would have been the case in the past. And we’re seeing the concern of a very modern husband going to see her in [the] hospital every day.”

Mr Lacey added: “When Charles was born, Prince Philip played squash here at the palace. When Prince William was born, Prince Charles went off and played polo.

“I think we’re getting to see the first royal birth where the father himself is present at the birth and sees his new child come into the world.”

At the time of Mr Lacey’s comments, Kate was in hospital after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute morning sickness which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.

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She was sent to hospital just after the baby announcement, with Clarence House confirming the Duchess was due to stay in for “several days” before requiring a “period of rest” after her visit.

And for Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, the royals may have been reluctant to confirm the news of her pregnancy at the time.

She said: “Well they didn’t want to let it out because she’s still probably about the 10-week mark but they knew that once Kate was seen going into the hospital… that it was going to be out of their hands and then the media would have control of the announcement.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK