Yesterday’s announcement of a Royal pregnancy from Kate Middleton has led to a flurry of speculation about the Royal baby.
Perhaps the most interesting speculation so far has revolved around Middleton being admitted to hospital for deep stomach pains. A report from the Telegraph theorized this could be a sign of twins:
The Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that is more often experienced by women expecting twins. Mothers-to-be who suffer from the condition are three times more likely to have a multiple birth than other women.
While the idea of twin royal babies is fun in itself, this is of particular interest to those interested in placing bets on the Royal baby. The Telegraph today notes that the odds on twins on Paddy Power have been cut from 50/1 to 8/1, while the odds on triplets have gone from 1000/1 to 100/1 and quads from 5000/1 to 500/1.
However, it should be noted that twin royal babies most likely would not lead to twin Kings or twin Queens. The current rules of succession would only allow for the first born to reach the throne. While royal twins are rare — there has never been any in prominent line to the throne in the UK’s history — last year Crown Princess Mary of Denmark gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. The boy, born 25 minute earlier, will be before his sister in line to throne.
There may be some complications if the twins are born seconds apart, or if a Cesarean is needed (meaning the doctor would effectively be choosing which infant is next in line), the Daily Mail notes.
However, being second out of the womb might not be all bad. “I expect the twin who isn’t out first would have more fun – they’d be the Prince Harry,” Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, told the Daily Mail.
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