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Secrets, morning sickness and an assassination attempt: The bumpy history of royal pregnancy.


The British royal family has gone through a lot of things. Be it depression, assassination attempts, royal feud or just the regular family drama.

In-spite of all this, they have managed to rise up in every way possible. 

One of multiple assassination attempts on Queen Elizabeth occurred while she was pregnant in June 1840. It was when a disturbed 18-year-old fired a shot in her direction on the Mall.

In May 1948, Elizabeth was on her first official visit to Paris with Prince Philip.

And she was feeling awfully nauseous. The media didn’t know that the princess was four months pregnant with her first child. The young couple kept a full social schedule.

And because she was not yet queen, and there was no such thing as social media, Elizabeth was able to throw the press off the scent fairly easily.

Pregnancy, though not discussed in detail, did not prevent her from going about her royal duties. She was still attending events six months pregnant with Princess Anne in 1950.

Also read: How Royals Announced Their Pregnancies? From Queen Elizabeth To Meghan Markle.

Princess Diana got pregnant at some point toward the end of their months-long honeymoon.

They spent cruising around the Mediterranean and Aegean seas before ending up in Scotland. The public obsession with the barely 21-year-old Princess of Wales already seemed to be operating at fever pitch.

She found out she was pregnant right before she and Charles embarked on their first official married trip together. It was widely regarded as a major success. Diana charmed the locals left and right, but she threw up before every appearance.

Sure enough, when the announcement was finally made in November 1981, the public went nuts.

The Buckingham Palace switchboard was jammed with congratulations. Trying to pinpoint the day of conception joined cricket as a popular pastime.

Diana’s morning sickness lingered. Though, Her Majesty seemingly knew what she was going through, she apparently didn’t think much of her daughter-in-law pulling out of numerous joint appearances with Charles to stay in bed. 

In her 1995 interview with Martin Bashir, Diana admitted she felt enormous relief when she found out she was having a son. “I felt the whole country was in labour with me. Enormous relief”.

But oh how the press’ treatment of the royals had changed since the Queen was a young mum.

On a baby-moon in the Bahamas with Charles in February 1982, paparazzi took long-lens photos of a 5-months-pregnant Diana in a bikini that ended up all over the tabloids. 

Prince William was born June 21, 1982, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Diana threw herself into being a mum, relieved that her difficult pregnancy was over.

But she soon became unwell with postnatal depression, which no one ever discusses. She started self-harming as well, cutting her arms and legs.

Princess Diana said in an interview:-

“Postnatal depression, you have to read about it afterwards, and that in itself was a bit of a difficult time. “You’d wake up in the morning feeling you didn’t want to get out of bed”.

“Well maybe I was the first person ever to be in this family who ever had a depression. And obviously that was daunting, because if you’ve never seen it before how do you really support it”?

When things really doesn’t go according to the plan.

Waiting until after the first trimester, to share the news is over is a pretty common approach. Not only for the royals but for most expectant parents. But, it wasn’t an option for William and Kate with any of her three pregnancies.

Kate was shy of 12 weeks along in December 2012 when they confirmed they were expecting. She was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, acute morning sickness that can cause dehydration and other debilitating side effects.

And so, she required hospitalisation. So, the palace was forced to hasten the announcement. 

Happily, after seven months of wearing her maternity wear, she was safely delivered of a son, Prince George in July 2013. And again of a daughter Princess Charlotte in May 2015. 

The same timeline applied with their third child as well. Morning sickness even caused Kate to stay home on George’s first day of school last September.

Prince Louis was born in April, and with everyone all worked up over his uncle Harry’s then-upcoming wedding.

But now, it’s about to get bonkers all over again.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the good news a couple weeks ago at his cousin Princess Eugenie’s wedding. And, with the Internet already worked up over the shape under the blue coat Meghan wore that day, they confirmed their first child was on the way.

Just yesterday, while in Tonga, a doctor in attendance at a reception encouraged Meghan to take care. As scheduled, the couple embarked on their first royal tour together, of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

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The Duchess of Sussex was noted saying:-

“To me, pregnancy was like having a jet lag. I was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning doing yoga in my room as I couldn’t really sleep”.

Well, the first-time parents will, as per tradition, keep the sonograms and ultrasounds to themselves. However, there’s no such need to put a cork in one’s feelings these days.

“I hope it’s a girl!”, a well-wisher shouted to Harry in Australia. To which, the Duke of Sussex shouted back, “So do I”!