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No trip to Malta for Kate

- September 18th, 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge on Aug. 5 in London. She and Prince William announced they were expected a second baby on Sept. 8. (Photo: Carl Court/AFP)

The Duchess of Cambridge will not be embarking on her first solo international tour this weekend after all.

Catherine, who is suffering from a severe form of morning sickness, has decided to stay home and instead, Prince William will travel to the southern European island country to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence.

“The decision was taken on the advice of doctors,” Clarence House tweeted Thursday. “The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to represent the Queen on the visit.”

It is a shame Kate will not be able to attend – I’m sure the people of Malta were excited to have her there – but Prince William is a pretty good Plan B.

Kate has been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or excessive vomiting. It is not a common pregnancy condition and affects about 3% of pregnant women. And like regular morning sickness, it does not just affect women in the morning – it’s an all day (and sometimes night) problem that means a woman can’t keep anything down, including often her own saliva. It can lead to dehydration and other complications.

Prince Harry’s dirty 30!

- September 12th, 2014

All grown up! Prince Harry smiles as he attends a Business Leaders Employment meeting on Sept. 10. (Photo: Neil Hall/Reuters)

Prince Harry turns 30 Monday and while everyone’s favourite red-headed royal has been known to enjoy knocking back a few drinks with friends, his party-loving attitude has gotten him into some trouble.

From wearing a Nazi uniform to getting into fights with paparazzi to stripping down with a mysterious blonde in Vegas, Prince Harry has made headlines for his wild ways.

But will Dirty Harry clean up his act now that he’s in his thirties? Let’s hope not – he’s much more fun playing the part of royal bad-boy.

In the meantime, here are some dos and don’ts to partying like Harry.

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Second baby on the way for Will and Kate

- September 8th, 2014

Prince George is getting a sibling. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced Monday baby number two is on the way. (Photo: David Gray/AFP)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child, the couple announced Monday.

Unsurprisingly, the Queen and other family members are “delighted with the news,” the press release said.

But poor Kate is again suffering from severe morning sickness, which left her so dehydrated when she was pregnant with Prince George, she had to be hospitalized.

We don’t know how far along Kate is, but Rebecca English from the Daily Mail tweeted she has not yet reached the 12-week mark – usually when couples announce their pregnancies.

The early announcement is likely due to the fact that Kate will need to miss some upcoming events – including Monday’s scheduled event in Oxford with Prince William. A decision on her first solo trip to Malta will be made closer to the actual date, English reported.

It is sad that Will and Kate had to announce this news before they would have liked to, but there is no doubt that as soon as Kate didn’t show up to the event Monday and a royal source said she had taken ill, the rumours would have gone into overdrive. They almost had to nip it before the speculation got started.

Most people wait for that 12-week mark because the risk of miscarriage significantly drops after the first trimester. Hopefully this pregnancy goes smoothly (aside from the wicked morning sickness).

A quiet royal summer wraps up

- August 27th, 2014

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry visit the Blood Swept Lands And Seas of Red exhibition at The Tower of London to plant a ceramic poppy on Aug. 5. (Photo:

This summer has been a tough one for blog posts mostly because our royal family hasn’t done a whole heck of a lot.

There have been no Jubilee celebrations, no wedding, no births, no naked princes playing pool in Vegas, no topless duchesses vacationing in France.

The royals have been rather dull this summer.

They’ve made a few appearances, bombed a few photos and there was a low-key but well-attended first birthday for Prince George.

Despite the quiet, here’s a quick look back at the top five royal moments of the summer:

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