Prince Charles Finally Speaks Out About Kate Middleton's Pregnancy, Pokes Fun at Radio Station's Prank Call

Category: Entertainment / Dec 06, 2012 1:34PM EDT
Prince Charles has spoken of the "marvelous" news the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. He said: "I'm thrilled, marvelous. It's a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age, if I can say so. I'm very glad my daughter-in-law is getting better, thank goodness." Prince Charles also poked fun at an Australian radio station which obtained personal details of the Duchess's condition from a hospital treating her in a prank call which imitated his voice and that of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. "How do you know I'm not a radio station?" Charles replied to a reporter who asked for his reaction to the pregnancy. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is more popularly known as Kate, was released from King Edward VII Hospital in central London on Thursday after being admitted on Monday (December 3) for acute morning sickness. She will now recuperate at Kensington Palace, a royal residence in west London, her husband's office said. Obstetrician Ellis Downes said her release was "good news". "The reason she's gone home I would guess is that her symptoms of feeling sick, vomiting and wretching have settled and also that the severe dehydration which she had that caused her to be admitted has responded very nicely to intravenous fluids," he said. "I'm sure her doctor would have prescribed her medication to help her symptoms settle down." Royal watchers said Kensington Palace would be an ideal setting for the Duke and Duchess to bring up a family. "There's no doubt that both Prince William and Prince Harry were very happy as children when they were based here at Kensington Palace, despite what was going on with the marriage of their mother and father," said royal commentator Robert Jobson. Former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe added: "It was a new style under Diana and Charles, their education and their openess with members of staff and the freedom. "And we see now with William and Kate and Harry also a new generation of royalty and this venue at Kensington Palace suits their style admirably." Bookmakers have been quick off the mark to lay odds on a name for the unborn baby, who will be third in line to the British throne after William and his father Charles. The government is passing legislation in time for the birth to change historic rules of succession so that males no longer have precedence over a female sibling. There has even been speculation that Kate could be carrying twins, as the acute sickness she is suffering is slightly more common in twin pregnancies.