Sleep lots - Beckham's advice to royals
David Beckham has offered words of advice to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (inset) who are expecting their second child - get sleep before the baby arrives.
As the father of four children, the former England football star is speaking from experience and reacted to news of the royal pregnancy by praising the parenting skills of William and Kate.
His words of support came as the Duchess, who is suffering from morning sickness, missed the opening ceremony of Prince Harry's Invictus Games last night and other events.
Speaking during an interview with ITV's Lorraine show, Beckham gave the couple some words of wisdom: "Get some sleep because jumping from one child to two is a big step, even though I thought jumping from two to three was bigger."
The former England midfielder was interviewed at New York fashion week where he is promoting his new collection for the brand Belstaff.
Beckham has known William for years, having joined forces with him to promote England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, launched wildlife conservation campaigns with the Duke and been a guest at his wedding.
The celebrity added: "But I'm so happy for them both because they're such great parents and obviously to be great parents and to have the roles that they have, as important as they have, is really incredible and I'm just happy that they're going to have another little one."
Kate was also due to attend a Drumhead service at Lee Valley Athletics Centre with the Duke and Prince Harry today, to remember all those who have died or been injured in conflict, and later, with William, watch Invictus competitors taking part in matches and heats.
But the Duchess is understood to still be experiencing the symptoms of the illness and is being treated at home by doctors.
The Duchess is suffering from another bout of the illness hyperemesis gravidarum, which she experienced during her first pregnancy.