Story Summary

Royal Baby: William and Kate Expecting

will-and-kate-picWilliam and Catherine were married in April 2011, in London’s biggest royal wedding in three decades. The pair is expecting their first child, who will be next in line for the throne after William.

Story Timeline
Previous Next
This story has 4 updates
Nation/World
12/05/12

Radio DJs Prank Call Kate’s Hospital

Radio DJs pretending to be the queen prank called the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated for acute morning sickness.

radio-deejays-picLONDON (CNN) — Two Australian radio DJs made a prank call to the hospital where Prince William’s pregnant wife, Catherine, is staying with acute morning sickness, claiming to be Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles.

The DJs, from Sydney’s 2Day FM station, succeeded in getting through to Kate’s private nurse at King Edward VII Hospital and had a brief conversation that included some details of her condition, according to audio of the call posted online.

The hospital issued a statement Wednesday confirming that the hoax call had been transferred to a ward in the early hours of Tuesday morning and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff.

The hospital “deeply regrets” the incident, it said.

John Lofthouse, chief executive at the hospital, is quoted as saying: “This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols.”

Prince William’s office at Clarence House has not commented on the incident.

The radio show posted an apology for the call on its official Twitter feed Wednesday.

“2Day FM sincerely apologises for any inconvenience cause(d) by the enquiry to Kate’s hospital. The radio segment was done with the best intentions and we wish Kate and her family all the best.”

An earlier tweet by 2Day FM described it as a “hilarious prank.”

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is still receiving treatment after she was admitted to the hospital Monday with hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition which involves nausea and vomiting more severe than the typical morning sickness many women suffer during early pregnancy

Audio of the call posted online reveals that the nurse, sounding nervous, divulged details of Kate’s condition and care.

Catherine and William baby news sparks media frenzy

She also tells DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who host the Summer 30 show on 2Day FM, what time William left the previous evening and suggests they visit after 9 a.m. that day.

The incident is bound to raise concerns over security and privacy provisions at the hospital.

Greig, who impersonated the queen, exclaims after the call ends: “She was giving us real information!”

The conversation, in poorly done English accents and with frequent references to “Charles” walking the queen’s corgis, her much-loved dogs, should have raised alarm bells with hospital staff.

The DJs commented on how easy it was to make the prank call.

The palace said Monday that Catherine, 30, is likely to remain in the hospital for several days.

The duchess is not yet 12 weeks pregnant, Clarence House told CNN, so the palace is not announcing a due date for the child.

William and Catherine’s child will be next in line to the British throne after William, regardless of whether it is a boy or a girl.

Planned changes to the law of succession that end the tradition of a boy jumping over an elder sister are already de facto in effect, the British Cabinet Office said.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Tuesday that all 16 countries that recognize the British monarch as their head of state have formally agreed to the change and British lawmakers will change the rules as soon as possible.

Clegg also said that the change in succession will allow someone in line to the throne to marry a Catholic — but not to be a Catholic.

The Church of England is the nation’s official church. It split from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century.

royals-picLONDON — Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is spending a second day in a central London hospital Tuesday after being admitted with acute morning sickness.

Her husband, Prince William, arrived Tuesday morning to visit her at King Edward VII Hospital, after spending much of the day at her bedside Monday.

The news that he and Catherine are expecting their first child after 19 months of marriage was announced by the palace Monday as she was admitted for treatment, and followed months of tabloid speculation.

The duchess is likely to remain in hospital for several days, the palace said Monday.

The palace said her illness is hyperemesis gravidarum, which involves nausea and vomiting more severe than typical morning sickness.

“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,” the statement said.

Catherine, 30, is not yet 12 weeks pregnant, Clarence House told CNN, so the palace is not announcing a due date for the child.

William and Catherine’s child will be next in line to the British throne after William, regardless of whether it is a boy or a girl, the British Cabinet Office said Monday.

Planned changes to the law of succession that end the tradition of a boy jumping over an elder sister are already de facto in effect, the Cabinet Office said.

William and Catherine were married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, in London’s biggest royal wedding in three decades.

The baby would be the first grandchild of the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

British bookmaker William Hill said it would be paying out “a small five-figure sum” to people who had placed bets on William and Catherine having a baby in 2013.

Wagers are now being taken on the likely name, gender and hair color of their first-born, the bookie said in a written statement.

It has Frances and John as the favorites for the baby’s name, at 9-to-1, with Charles, Victoria and George at 10-to-1.

“We fully expect that the betting public will get involved in speculating what the baby will be called,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Fellow bookmaker Ladbrokes has Elizabeth — the name of the baby’s great-grandmother — as an 8-to-1 favorite, with Frances, John, Charles and George at 10-to-1.

The news of Kate’s pregnancy immediately became a top trending topic worldwide on Twitter.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to tweet his joy: “I’m delighted by the news that the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents.”

Courtesy: CNN

royal-kiss-picLONDON (CNN) — Britain’s Prince William and Catherine Middleton are expecting their first child after 19 months of marriage, the palace announced Monday.

The royal revelation came as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was admitted to a central London hospital with acute morning sickness Monday afternoon.

She is expected to be in King Edward VII Hospital for several days, the palace announcement said.

William and Catherine were married on April 29, 2011, in London’s biggest royal wedding in three decades.

The baby would be the first grandchild for the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

“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,” the statement said.

She is not yet 12 weeks pregnant, Clarence House told CNN, so the palace is not announcing a due date for the child. Prince William is at the King Edward VII hospital with Catherine, the palace says.

The news immediately became a top trending topic worldwide on Twitter.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to tweet his joy: “‘I’m delighted by the news that the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents.’#royalbaby”

British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband tweeted “Fantastic news for Kate, William and the country. A royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate.”

Advertisement