Kate Middleton Pregnant: Could Her Royal Baby be Crowned Queen Diana? (EXCLUSIVE GUEST BLOG)

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Writing exclusively for Celebuzz, royal biographer Andrew Morton takes a closer look at Kate Middleton's just-announced pregnancy and how it will affect the Duke and Duchess of Camrbridge's roles in the Royal family.

Finally.

After months of speculation, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge confirmed Monday that they are going to be parents.

However, the announcement of a royal pregnancy has come at a high price for mother-to-be Catherine Middleton: She is on a saline drip and confined to a private hospital bed in London after being diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness that affects about one in 50 pregnant women.

Although the symptoms are rough -- they include tiredness and dizziness, and suffers often lose a tenth of their body weight -- doctors say there is little danger to the baby. In fact, the condition is a sign that the pregnancy is going well.

Certainly, the late Princess Diana would have sympathized. She also suffered severe morning sickness, which left her feeling miserable and washed out; for most of the time whilst she was expecting her first son, William, she was out of the public eye, staying at the Queen’s highland home in Balmoral.

With Kate focusing on her health and her baby, the hastily announced pregnancy places added pressure on William’s commitment to his career as a search and rescue helicopter pilot. Does he now give up the life he loves to take up the burden of royal duties? After all, with Harry on duty in Afghanistan and Kate confined to bed, members of the top tier of the House of Windsor are rather thin on the ground.

Alternatively, he could use the arrival of little tiny feet into the nursery at Kensington as a reason he and Kate should be spared the royal spotlight and focus on family life.

There are precedents. In the early years of their marriage, Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth moved to Malta where the prince served as a Naval officer. While Princess Elizabeth spent her time with baby Charles and Anne, her husband enjoyed life on the ocean waves. Both have since said that this period away from media attention was one of the happiest periods of their marriage.

What the expectant parents will do when their child -- who is third in line to the throne, and the Queen's third great-grandchild -- arrives remains to be seen.

Of course, that hasn't stopped the public from speculating, anyway, right down to what Kate and William will name their child.

Perhaps it is because there is the delicious possibility that they'll name the baby Diana, should it turn out to be a girl.

Certainly, it would be a fitting and somehow fated resolution of the most tempestuous period in royal history.

Andrew Morton shot to fame in 1992 with his book Diana: Her True Story, spilling the truth about the wretched state of the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. He recently wrote William & Catherine: Their Story, tweets @andrewmortonUK and has his own website on royal and celebrity news, themortonreport.com.

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