Kate Middleton: Expert speculates on Duchess' absence
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Kate and her husband Prince William, both 39, are getting their children ready for another year of school. Their children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, are returning to the classroom ‒ the older two to school and the youngest to nursery. On previous occasions, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have accompanied the young royals to school on their first day.
Kate, who is a keen photographer, has also shared snaps of the children ahead of the new term.
When it was George’s first day at school however in 2017, Kate missed his big day due to severe morning sickness.
The Duchess, who was pregnant with Louis at the time, was being cared for at Kensington Palace.
A Palace spokesperson said: “Unfortunately the Duchess of Cambridge remains unwell, and will not be able to accompany Prince George on his first day of school.
“The Duke of Cambridge will drop off Prince George this morning as planned.”
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William drove George in and dropped him off at Thomas’s Battersea, an £18,000-a-year preparatory school in London.
George’s sister Charlotte also now attends the school, while their younger brother Louis has started at Willcocks Nursery School.
The Duke held George’s hand as he accompanied him towards the entrance of the school.
George could be seen wearing the Thomas’s school uniform, which includes navy shorts, a blue V-neck jumper and a blue polo shirt.
Prior to George’s first day Kate had pulled out of public engagements after she suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum.
The severe morning sickness can cause bad nausea and vomiting and even require hospital treatment.
The Duchess has experienced the illness, which is thought to affect around 1 to 3 in every 100 women, during all three of her pregnancies.
Kensington Palace put out a statement about Kate’s condition during her pregnancy with Louis.
It said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.
“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.
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“Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today.
“The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.”
Kate opened up further about her sickness during her pregnancy on Giovanna Fletcher’s ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast in February last year.
Kate told the host that suffering with the severe morning sickness meant she was “not the happiest of pregnant people”.
The Duchess also revealed the techniques, including meditation, that she had used to deal with the illness.
She said: “I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that, that they teach you in hypnobirthing, when I was really sick.
“I realised that this was something I could take control of, I suppose, during labour. It was hugely powerful.”
After trying several different ways to tackle the sickness, Kate said she realised it was about “mind over the body”.
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