What we will now undoubtedly witness is a frenzy of press interest in the pregnancy(I've already seen a side story headed "What is acute morning sickness?") and enormous amounts of resources (in a literal and figurative sense) devoted to investigating and reporting on the progress of the gestation.
Having in the past - as part of a specialized team - helped to protect many members of the royal family (I'm deliberately not capitalizing 'royal' and 'family', I am frankly sickened at the amount of time and public money spent on wrapping them in cotton wool and treating them as if they were made of glass. Now the entire nation - indeed the Commonwealth - will be expected (and a great many will acquiesce) to fall under the spell of this 'marvelous' event. Good grief. Having children of my own I can identify with the expectant parents in relation to their personal delight and joy, however I do not even remotely (and I simply can't understand why so many 'ordinary' people get caught up in this circus) identify with the life of privilege and absolute security they enjoy - something the overwhelming majority of expectant parents will never know.
They have it ridiculously easy, no matter what 'adventures' the prince goes on, and no matter what 'career' he pursues, ultimately they both know that life is pretty much guaranteed to be pretty darn good, because there exists a vast, publicly-funded machinery to make sure that it is so. I don't blame either one of them; they are not responsible for their accidents of birth. No, I blame the fawning, simpering royalists who perpetuate the way the British royal family is treated. It is an outmoded, outdated and totally unnecessary way to spend public money which could be spent in a great many ways to benefit people in genuine need.
I'm aware of the arguments which explain the effectiveness of the royals (and HM the Queen in particular - for whom, by the way, I have the utmost respect as an individual) but the machinery which surrounds them is huge, antiquated and founded upon the class system and which therefore has a vested interest in maintaining 'jobs for the boys'(and gals) regardless of their validity in the modern world.
I think the time is nigh for the country (and the world) to see monarchy for what it is - an anachronistic relic - and move towards the Dutch model (where the monarch works for a living).