Decision was 'very much driven by the Duke and Duchess'

While Kate Middleton spends the next few days in the King Edward VII Hospital recovering from her acute morning sickness, Royal commentators have speculated on the decision to announce a pregnancy so early.

It is understood that the Duchess of Cambridge is not yet 12 weeks pregnant, the stage at which such announcements are usually made public.

But fears that news could creep out through social networking sites once members of the public saw Kate visiting hospital prompted the action

‘Certainly William wanted to manage it properly and we’re looking at the very early stages [of pregnancy], probably nine or ten weeks…’ says the Queen’s former Press Secretary Dickie Arbiter.

He said on This Morning the plan was to announce the news in the New Year.

‘Probably after the Queen’s Christmas message, because nothing really interferes with the Queens Christmas message – so we’d be talking Boxing Day or somewhere between Christmas and New Year, which is when they would’ve liked to have done it I would’ve thought,’ he says.

Royal aides say the decision to reveal Kate’s pregnancy now was ‘very much driven by the Duke and Duchess.’

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