The internet welcomes third #royalbaby by ribbing Prince William


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, are expecting their third child, and Twitter has welcomed the new addition to the British royal family with open arms and similar jokes.

Back in 2013, the arrival of Prince George set the world’s heart aflutter, but two kids later (Princess Charlotte was born in 2015), the novelty and subsequent enthusiasm has worn off.

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The Duchess is currently less than twelve weeks pregnant, but made the announcement early when cancelling a planned engagement due to morning sickness. The hashtag #royalbaby was trending number one worldwide not long after.

The first to come under Twitter’s fire was Prince William’s hair — or increasing lack thereof.

Next in line was the speed with which the couple has popped out children, and how the Duchess has not caught a break in three years.

“Prince William loves sex,” writes one South African. “I’m tired on behalf of Catherine.”

Another South African commented on the activity of William’s “soldiers”.

Finally, the announcement’s timing was rather astute, as it played right into the hands of another current viral tweet.

Just two days ago, a Twitter user going by the name “Simmo” tweeted that to get paternity leave during next year’s FIFA World Cup, your partner would have to fall pregnant ASAP.

The tweet pulled in nearly 50 000 likes and 20 000 retweets — and it didn’t escape the notice of royal family watchers.

While the timing is surely great for the Duke, others have found their own baby news severely overshadowed.

The Princess of Sweden announced her pregnancy with her third child last week, and local Tamara Dey announced the pregnancy of her first child just yesterday.

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But of course, for all those having fun with the news, the announcement also brought out the cynics.

Sometimes it’s too difficult to let people enjoy harmless things.

Featured image: tsaiproject via Flickr (CC BY 2.0, edited)

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