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Kate Middleton's stylist and close friend Natasha Archer is expecting a baby

The Duchess of Cambridge's stylist and close friend has announced she is expecting her second child. 

Natasha Archer, 34, who is married to royal photographer Chris Jackson, is already the mother of two-year-old Theo, and will soon be welcoming his sibling. 

This announcement means that three of Prince William and Kate Middleton's staff are set to go on maternity leave at the same time, the Express has reported. 

The Palace is actively hiring new recruits for two jobs, including a PA maternity cover and a deputy personal secretary.

The Duchess of Cambridge's stylist Natasha Archer, 34, is expecting her second child with her husband Chris Jackson, pictured in 2018

Natasha has been credited for taking Kate's style from girl-next-door to elegant Duchess, and has accompanied the Cambridges on several of their work tours, including their tour of India in 2016, pictured

Natasha has been working for the Duchess since 2007, and was initially hired as a PA, before adding styling responsibilities to her job description, according to Grazia magazine.

Her and Chris' son Theo was born in December 2018, only a few months after Kate and William's third child Prince Louis, who is now three.

Natasha has been widely credited with helping the royal transform her style from girl-next-door to elegant princess.

The stylist has accompanied Kate on several royal tours, and was among the first seen arriving at the Lindo Wing after the royal gave birth to Prince Louis in April 2018.

It has been reported that Natasha, who had worked for Kate since 2007, has become one of the Duchess of Cambridge's close confidantes. Pictured together with Prince William in Syndey in 2014

As part of his role as a royal photographer for Getty, Chris regularly accompanies the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Cambridge family and Meghan and Harry on official engagements. 

He has previously shared adorable pictures of his pregnant wife with their son Theo on his Instagram account. 

The stylist is reportedly the third member of staff planning to go on maternity leave, and the Cambridges are working at finding maternity covers for several roles.   

According to the job descriptions, which are available on the royal household website, the personal assistant 'facilitates the smooth coordination of TRH’s official and private arrangement.'

'The happy applicant will look after the Kensington household's budget, invoices, their work schedule and contracts.'

They'll also need 'wardrobe management experience' and 'project management experience.' 

The Palace added they were looking for a 'proactive planner with a clear communication style, with the ability to network and form strong professional relationships.'

The job description mentioned that the applicant should be aware and interested in the work the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do, and some knowledge of the Commonwealth and worldwide.  

Natasha was initially hired as a PA, but ended up adding 'styling' to her job description after she helped update Kate's wardrobe 

The 34-year-old mother is often spotted carrying bags and more on royal tours (pictured in India in 2016)

Kensington Palace is also looking to hire a Deputy Personal secretary to look after the royal couple's 'diary management, arranging meetings and preparing for engagements.'

The ideal candidate should have secretarial and administrative experience and show 'excellent organisational skills' and the utmost discretion. 

It is also required the applicants shows 'proven experience of dealing with a broad spectrum of people.'

There are only a few more days to apply for both positions, with applications closing on 29 September. 

The news comes just days after Princess Beatrice, 33, welcomed her first child in London on Saturday 18 September. 

Beatrice, 33, the oldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, gave birth to a baby girl weighing 6lbs 2oz at 11.42pm on Saturday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, in London, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday.  

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi, pictured in July at Wimbledon, welcomed their first child, a baby girl whose name is yet to be revealed, on Saturday 18 September 

Chelsea and Westminster is an NHS hospital but houses the private Kensington maternity wing, which charges a starting price of £7,450 for a 'platinum vaginal delivery package' and £9,050 for a 'platinum elective or emergency section package'. The price includes meals and accommodation for the partner and a private room for the first night post delivery.

Buckingham Palace refused to comment on whether Beatrice was admitted to the Kensington Wing. It is understood she has since been discharged and returned to the St James's Palace apartment she shares with Edo, 38.

The baby, whose name has not yet been revealed, is the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild and 11th in line to the throne. Her Majesty is 'delighted with the news', the palace announced in a statement.

Although her mother is a princess, she will not have a royal title. Only grandchildren of the monarch through the male line are automatically entitled to the styling of HRH. This means she will be plain Miss Mapelli Mozzi. The Queen could bestow a title on her great-grandchild if desired, but it is unlikely to be asked for. 

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