U.K. Media Circus Erupts on News of Second Royal Baby
Kate Middleton's pregnancy springs to the top of headlines in Britain
An otherwise slow start to the week sprung into a media frenzy in the U.K. Monday after the royal family announced that Kate Middleton was pregnant with child number two with Prince William.
"Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child," the royal office Clarence House said in a statement.
Major news channels the BBC, Sky News and ITV were all quick to announce the breaking story, pushing it to the top of their websites and poring over the limited facts released in the announcement — that Middleton was suffering from acute morning sickness and was being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that he was "delighted by the happy news that they're expecting another baby."
The birth of the first royal baby, Prince George, drew much international media to London, with international crews camped outside the exclusive Lindo Wing of the city's St. Mary's Hospital in July 2013. In the U.S., ABC and NBC broke into programming to announce the birth, while Fox and CBS did not. British, as well as some Canadian and French channels, reported wall-to-wall on the birth announcement.