By REBECCA ENGLISH
It was a day of intense joy for the nation but for William, sitting at his wife’s hospital bedside, the excitement was tinged with anxiety.
He and the Duchess of Cambridge had been hoping to keep the news they were expecting a baby to themselves until Christmas Day.
But with Kate admitted to hospital with acute morning sickness, they had little choice but to make the announcement.
They delighted millions around the world – including their own families – with the happy news.
But as the word spread, the parents-to-be were together in hospital, facing the first hurdle in a much longed for pregnancy.
Kate, 30, who is barely eight weeks pregnant, was taken to the hospital just after lunch by her husband and immediately put on a drip to stop her becoming dehydrated.
Last night she appeared to be responding well to treatment. Sources said there was ‘no cause for alarm’.
However, doctors at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London have taken the precautionary step of keeping her in for the next few days.
It had been a nerve-racking day for Prince William. Last night, wearing a grey jumper and blue shirt, he left the hospital in Marylebone but said nothing to the dozens of camera crews and photographers outside. He was then taken back to Kensington Palace by three royal protection officers in a green Land Rover.
The Duke had been at his wife’s side for most of the day. Royal sources confirmed he would be visiting today.
The sources told the Mail that the couple initially had ‘no plans whatsoever’ to announce the pregnancy until after she had had her 12-week scan.