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1:14 pm - 12/07/2012

Kate Middleton Carrying Twins?



When Prince William and Kate's official announcement that she is pregnant came Monday, the palace said she was "expecting a baby."

But in light of the fact that the Duchess of Cambridge is also suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a form of acute morning sickness, there has been growing speculation that she may, in fact, be expecting twins.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the Duchess's rare condition tends to appear more often in women carrying twins.

So what would it mean for the royal family if Kate, 30 – who was discharged from the hospital Thursday – were to deliver two little royals? A pair of heirs?

Nope, royal experts tell PEOPLE. In fact, it's all a bit complicated.

The firstborn twin would have a completely different path than his or her sibling, says royal historian Robert Lacey, author of The Queen: A Life in Brief: "The first child to appear will have precedence. Whichever one comes out first will be the heir – and it will be the call of the obstetrician if there is a caesarean section."

And the obstetrician will make that delivery based on the location of the babies during labor, Mark Johnson, Professor of Obstetrics at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, tells PEOPLE.

Says Johnson: "If delivering vaginally, the first baby to enter the pelvis will be delivered first. If delivering by c-section it very much depends on the which baby is closest to the incision, generally that will be the lower of the two babies."

A year ago, the British government voted to modernize the rule of succession so that in the event of twins, a firstborn girl would not lose the title of heir if a boy were to be subsequently born to the royal couple. But that rule hasn't been implemented yet.

Under the current law of the land, says Lacey, "If the twins are a girl first followed by a boy, the boy will be next in succession."

When or if the law is changed, adds Lacey, "the boy would be ousted by his sister."

If Kate is pregnant with twins, William, who will surely be present for the births, will be able to see firsthand which baby is born first. But in the past that wasn't the case, adds Lacey.

In other eras, "the Home Secretary was on hand in the hospital to ensure there was no foul play," says Lacey, "since there were fears that if the firstborn turned out to be a girl, she might get swapped for a substitute baby boy – and smuggled into the bed in a warming pan."

People
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superdogbiter 7th-Dec-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
wish it was 9 months from now
ex_keef_rif 7th-Dec-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
lol

serious business
klutzy_girl 7th-Dec-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I would love this, tbh. But not holding out hope.
fromyourashes 7th-Dec-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Man in the Iron Mask. I'm just saying.
warsawed 7th-Dec-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
yasss leo's flawless haircape

fromyourashes 7th-Dec-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
rip his beauty :/
ebenetwo 7th-Dec-2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
omg he was so.fucking.beautiful in this
ayaneva 7th-Dec-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
I love that movie. I may be the only person who does. LOL But it will always piss me off that Leo's hair is so terrible.
vehiclesshockme 7th-Dec-2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Legitimately my first thought.
_xxtom 7th-Dec-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
LOL i thought the same damn thing
chandyland11 7th-Dec-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
omg yes, I love that shitty movie sfm. <3
blazinguns 7th-Dec-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
It was on my Christmas list (on VHS) one year and I got it, just for Leo, really. Aww.
tiki876 7th-Dec-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
lol
beatlesluv 7th-Dec-2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
LMAO YES
brucelynn 7th-Dec-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Name them Phil and Lil
tiki876 7th-Dec-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
omg yesss
rachberlin 7th-Dec-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
A+
jaeluvsme 7th-Dec-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
I miss rugrats sfm.
britt_m_89 8th-Dec-2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Phillip would work and I like the sound of Queen Lillian.
itspokerface 8th-Dec-2012 03:48 am (UTC)
A+
railway 8th-Dec-2012 06:35 am (UTC)
It absolutely works! Phil would be named after Prince Philip, and Lilibet was Queen Elizabeth's childhood nickname so there's your Lil. ALL THE AWARDS TO BRUCELYNN.
fakevoices 7th-Dec-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
i love when people talk about royals and all but this is sorta getting out of hand
it_llbeyourname 7th-Dec-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
can we just stop speculating on this now. i think we can all say that nobody is in the mood.
tadashee 7th-Dec-2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
I agree. I think we all knew it was going to get overwhelming but after today's tragedy I hope every one ad the media will lay off. Ugh. I am so sad.
killerqueen 7th-Dec-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Wait, I'm late. What happened?
arielcharming 7th-Dec-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
ia
ruby_chalice 7th-Dec-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. After today's tragedy, this post really is in bad taste.
xpirate_queenx 7th-Dec-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not looking forward to the next 9 months of gender, name, and crib color speculation.
onyxobsidian 7th-Dec-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
But if they're identical twins, they could take turns being the King.

It would be like a wacky Mary Kate & Ashley adventure!

Edited at 2012-12-07 07:24 pm (UTC)
champagnexdream 7th-Dec-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Dying at this.
beaddddddsss 7th-Dec-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
They can start their own Mystery Agency within MI6.

~~We're super-duper snoopers,
First class private eyes~~
onyxobsidian 7th-Dec-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
~and the fucking kings of england, but you didn't hear dat!
karrixftw 7th-Dec-2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
lmfaoooooo i am dead rn
britt_m_89 8th-Dec-2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Well James Bond is good friends with The Queen.

xliquidskiesx 7th-Dec-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
omg loool
opusdeihohoho 7th-Dec-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAH!!!
aleksie 7th-Dec-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
This comment brightened my day so much. Thank you.
itscomicrelief 7th-Dec-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
These rumors are so ridiculous
warsawed 7th-Dec-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
this is getting to blue ivy levels rn
dubiously 7th-Dec-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
What if her hospitalization was all a trick to distract us from the real surrogate?
yehyijun 7th-Dec-2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Seriously, rme.
redaodai 7th-Dec-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
must_go_faster 7th-Dec-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
fierce
reginageorge 7th-Dec-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
i'm really annoyed by all of this. like she just got out of the hospital stop speculating and leave them alone. this is absurd.
anna_bea2 7th-Dec-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
I would not want to have my picture taken 203820932 times the second I come out of the hospital for morning sickness. yikes.

Edited at 2012-12-07 07:25 pm (UTC)
tadashee 7th-Dec-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
I know! And she smiled. I would be so angry.
chunkyboucle 7th-Dec-2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
When I saw the pics of her, all I could think was "She's so dressed up. If I were her, I'd just want to be wearing sweats and a t-shirt."
so_chic_doll 7th-Dec-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
This is getting out of hand. I mean, it's bad enough that she's bombarded with all this shit while she's dealing with it-- but the fact that someone's life is now gone in correlation to the media's obsession with getting information is just despicable.

Diana died because of shit like this too.

-_-
it_llbeyourname 7th-Dec-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
well, that's a bit crudely put, but the gist of it is definitely true. i wish a lesson could be learnt from this, and the press would just cool the fuck down for nine months. that won't happen though, because this death will not be seen as emblematic of what needs to change, it will just be a minor news story and then onto the next poorly written article full of misinformation and speculation....
so_chic_doll 7th-Dec-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
crudely put? really? it's the truth.
amanda_aces 7th-Dec-2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
mtfuckinge
aeryn 7th-Dec-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
This is how I feel. Of course everyone is happy and excited for them... But considering what just happened, I feel very uncomfortable with all these speculations and rumors. It's already gone too far and she's barely 3 months now.
beaddddddsss 7th-Dec-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
It's gotten unfathomably disturbing already in her first trimester to the point that I'm wary of what other gossip-hungry assholes will be willing to do to invade her privacy next.
deltabean 7th-Dec-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
I completely agree.
tadashee 7th-Dec-2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Huffington post put excerpts of Diana's bbc interview on their website and I just felt so bad for her. She just seemed so lost and unhappy. She talked a lot about the media and I just don't understand why news organizations wouldn't learn how to back off. She said the photogs would say I'm just trying to put food on the table and she would flash a smile, but then they would get in her face ad the stories were awful. The palace needs to pass a law or issue some sort of statement or Kate needs to go into hiding.
silentxstrom 7th-Dec-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
ikr. she's pregnant and of course that's a big deal, but the media doesn't have to act like a pack of wild dogs about it.
x_butterfly19_x 7th-Dec-2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
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There was actual cheering in the newsroom
of Daily Mail when Kate Middleton's
pregnancy was announced.

Acording to the popbitch mailout.

Lol. But it's ging to be a very, very long 9 months.

bluekrinkle 7th-Dec-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Exactly.
I'm not a royals fan, but this is all ridiculous.
A nurse is dead because of the stupidity people go through to invade the privacy of these people. The line is beyond crossed.
Leave a woman to have her baby in peace!
mynamehere07 7th-Dec-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
So 8 and a half more months of random speculations.
thishollywood 7th-Dec-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
y cant they rule 2gether?

altho if it is a boy & a girl, and the girl cums out first.... DAT GIRL BETTER BE 1st IN LINE 4 THE THRONE!!!!! maybe dat culd be interesting b/c it wuld finally be da catalyst for changin sexist rulez or w/e
lcacbc 7th-Dec-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
The rule is changing. The first baby born will be heir, regardless of whether it's a boy or girl
thishollywood 7th-Dec-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
well dat is good then!
onyxobsidian 7th-Dec-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Since I doubt there will be a webcam on her vagina, they can say whichever one they want came out first.
mynamehere07 7th-Dec-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
Gender doesn't really matter when it comes to succession. Kate's fetus has to wait until Liz, Charles and William all die before he/she can be leader.

The Monarchy has been slowly changing. 30 years ago, William would have never been allowed to marry Kate, because she's a "commoner."
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