Second Royal Baby Announced Just Days Before Scotland's Independence Vote

What a conundrum!

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Well, Monday brought some pretty big news:

Here's the full statement:

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 Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace."

According to the American Pregnancy Association, hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of morning sickness, complete with debilitating nausea and vomiting. Pregnant women suffering from the condition will often be hospitalized so they can replenish fluids through IV.

Across the pond, the reactions were...diverse:

And with Scotland's independence vote just days away, an immediate and pervasive suspicion of a Wag the Baby situation coursed its way through social media.

As we noted last week, a recent poll showed that the movement for an independent Scotland had all but erased a massive unionist lead ahead of the September 18 vote. The poll not only jolted British self-confidence, but also impacted markets as the pound dropped to a 10-month low against the dollar.

But with new progeny/a playmate for George on the way, who wouldn't want to stick around now?

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