Saturday, 8 December 2012

Prince William Speaks About Kate's Illness at Winter Whites Gala

Prince William attended the Winter Whites Gala at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. A number of readers had been looking forward to the event and asked me to write about it despite Kate's absence.



Sky's Paul Harrison kindly shared photos and info from the event and revealed William ignored several questions as he arrived and did his best to look away from the cameras.


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A snap of the press awaiting William's arrival.

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The Winter Whites Gala saw the Royal Albert Hall transform into a Winter Wonderland, featuring some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment. Tennis greats Novak Djokovic and John McEnroe, along with British Women's No. 1 Heather Watson, all expressed their delight at Kate's pregnancy. We all know the Duchess is a huge tennis fan and was sad to be unable to attend.

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More on the gala from the official site:

'VIP ticket-holders to the gala evening will mix with with film stars, celebrities and some of the greatest tennis champions of all time on the white carpet and at a champagne reception, before enjoying an exclusive private dinner in the Gallery, decorated as a magical winter crystal palace'.

Guests took their seats in the hospitality box to enjoy a brilliant show featuring a singles tournament match.

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The event is in aid of homeless charity Centrepoint, a patronage of Prince William's. At the end of the evening the Prince will present tennis player Novak Djokovic with the Centrepoint Premier Award for Contribution to the Lives of Youth Across the World. Kate's brother James Middleton was also in attendance.

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Heather Watson shared a photo of herself with Novak Djokovic and his girlfriend Jelena.

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Once inside the hall, Prince William spoke to Michael O Higgins, former chairman of Centrepoint about Kate's illness:

'They shouldn't call it morning sickness, it should be called day and all night sickness. It's a long old process but she is getting there. She feels like it is going to go on forever'.

No doubt Kate had a stunning gown chosen for the event. Unfortunately we won't get to see it tonight but I had thought this Jenny Packham Bridal Spring/Summer 2013 gown would have been a splendid choice. Very much the style of garment Kate loves and perfect for the Winter Whites Gala.

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William and Kate grace the cover of a special edition of Hello! Magazine.

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I sincerely hope Kate is feeling better and getting plenty of rest. It has not yet been decided whether Kate will attend the premiere of 'The Hobbit' or not. I'm sure it will depend on how she's feeling on the day.

66 comments:

  1. Thank you Charlotte for this great post. I bet it was really hard on William to leave his Ducehss tonight. But it was for his charity and it would not be cool if he missed it, except if his duchess was still in the hospital or not on the road to recovery.

    His statement he made regarding her conition does not say how she is doing now. But again that is ok because we all know how protective William is.

    I do hope she is feeling better & getting all the rest she need's for herself & their little bundle of joy.

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    1. I agree with you Pauline!

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  2. Sarah from Calif.8 December 2012 at 22:55

    Good for William. I'm sure Centrepoint is very close to his heart being one of the concerns his mom had. Yet to b attending without his soulmate (when they are not well) is sooo hard and something we all have to do. The tricky balance of life.
    Kate would have been beautiful hair up or down. Hope she is getting lots of rest!!
    Off to a Christmas party. Will get a tree tomorrow.
    God bless us everyone:) and if you don't believe in God. Peace and Joy to you:)

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  3. Not surprised at William's attitude towards the media upon arrival, because as we know, radio is part of the media.

    It looks like William and the other attendees had a good evening. I'm sure that Centrepoint appreciates William's patronage.

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  4. Thanks for the post Charlotte! It's sad to see William without Kate by his side, especially knowing how much he (understandably) hates to face the media. I hope Kate and the baby are doing well, and that we will see her out and about soon!

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  5. Thank you Charlotte! Your haste will never cease to amaze me! Are you by chance studying journalism? You would make a great reporter!

    William and Kate are going to make fantastic parents! Anxiously awaiting the due date :)

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    1. Thank you for all your comments. It was lovely see William but a pity to hear Kate is still unwell.

      I'm not studying journalism but I'm extremely lucky to have this blog write about my favourite royal couple :)

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  6. And to think we were predicting what she would wear to this event!!!!cant wait to see her in maternity wear :-))

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  7. Great post Charlotte. I'm sorry to hear Kate is sick all day. Hope she feels better but looks like it will be a hard 9 mths . I adore your dress choices.

    Kate will be a glowing mother

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  8. W/all due respect to the blogger here and you fans ... a pity to hear that Kate is unwell, sad to be unable to attend, etc. etc.?!? What is the matter with all of you? A nurse, a woman, is dead due to whatever transpired between the Palace, William and Kate's people and the hospital. If you swallow the party line that William and Kate did not complain about the nurse's actions, then I guess you'll swallow anything. And not a word about the woman who was driven to take her own life over whatever the Palace and that hospital said to her or her family who are grieving her loss. Wow. Just wow. New low.

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    1. Hello Sabrina.

      I have closely followed reports regarding the tragic death of the nurse Jacinta Saldanha. Jacinta's family have asked for privacy at this most difficult and heartbreaking time. I for one, intend to respect their wishes. Jacinta was not a public figure, she was a nurse and a wonderful one at that who fell victim to a thoughtless and insensitive prank call.

      Her family deserve to have their wishes respected. This is a blog which follows the news and style on Kate. As you said her family are grieving her loss. Let's let them do that in the manner they want, in private.

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    2. I'm sorry, but what is the matter with you? What reasons do you have to doubt how the hospital, the palace and William and Kate handled the incident with the nurse and what transpired between them? Unless you were there, you don't have any clue to what happened and why should we all assume everyone is lying? How paranoid can you be?

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    3. Sarah from Calif.9 December 2012 at 07:31

      Thank you Charlotte well said.

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    4. Sabrina, there is NOTHING disrespectful about this post. Charlotte had stated that she was going to respect the nurse's privacy since she wasn't a public figure. And in case you missed it, there was a good deal of discussion of the subject in the last post.

      And Charlotte, thank you for this post in spite of Kate's absence. I enjoy reading about this couple and I have a feeling William may be doing more solo appearances in the coming months. :)

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    5. @Sabrina- Where do you come off and say that Charlotte does not respect the family of the poor nurse who took her own life. If you read Charlotte's post regarding the issue, she did not post anything regarding that out of respect for the family.

      And to say the Palace and William & his Duchess had said some nasty stuff to the nurses family is way out of line. Unless you have first hand knowledge regarding that I would not think that had happened.

      What has been posted in the papers is that the Prince & his Duchess are very upset with the fact that the nurse took her own life becasue of what happened. And that they DID NOT file any complaints regarding the issue. So I don;t know where you are getting your information but in my opinion it is incorrect.

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    6. @Sabrina,

      The victim's friends states that she was not castigated by the hospital, it was the humiliation from the constant media attention that deeply affected her.

      William had every right to be furious but there was never any official announcement. In the past such as the Paris photos and the Honeymoon photos a public announcement was made. Instead once Kate was released they publically THANKED the hospital and gave the media a photo op. If William was truly angry he would not have thanked the hospital and would have left the backway.

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  9. Great post again, Charlotte! It was sad not to see Kate by William's side, but hopefully they'll be together at engagements soon. I wondered when William said, "she feels like it is going to go one forever," if Kate is still as sick as she was. Hoping and praying for her sake she's not. Makes me just want to see her, but I know she needs to rest up. Hoping she will be well enough for the premiere of The Hobbit on Wednesday.

    Question.... The Daily Mail stated in an article that Will and Kate will possibly skip Sandringham this year for Christmas with the Middleton's??? I was very surprised. Have you heard this? What are your thoughts?

    Kate from Texas

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    1. Hi Kate,

      I've heard it quite a bit in recent times and should Kate continue to feel unwell I think it a likely possibility. It was always thought William and Kate would occasionally spend Christmas with the Middletons.

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    2. Hi Charlotte,
      so hypothetically it is possible for Kate to spend Christmas with her family...? I've always been curious about this. I thought the royal spouses had the "obligation" to spend the holiday season at Sandringham each and every year - and not with their own families - (Diana and Sarah Ferguson were always at Sandringham, and so do Camilla and even Tim Laurence, Princess Anne's husband). Can we shed some light on ths subject? :)
      Z.

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  10. As one who suffered severe HG I can assure readers that not only will she not be well enough to attend The Hobbit opening, but much of anything else the next seven give or take months. HG is a severe affliction. One does not get over it in less than a week. My thought is she is probably receiving similar medical care in her home as in hospital with private medics. It is truly that severe a condition. I feel enormous compassion for her.

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    1. I agree, I doubt we'll see her much and I don't blame her at all. She needs her rest.

      It would also make sense that they spend Christmas with her family, it takes the limelight off them.

      Given Williams reaction last night I think they'll be more private.

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  11. I pray the duchess stays with her family this Christmas and that she is surrounded by love & support. I saw video from her first sandringham walk & princess eugenie was very rude to the duchess. I'm sure prince William can make sure there is no drama near Catherine. Stay in bucklebury.

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  12. I hear that Prince William will not be attending the British Military Tournament tonight. He has chosen to spend the time with Kate.

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  13. Charlotte, you are much more tactful than I and why anybody would read if not looking for news about lovely Kate is beyond me. Yes, the death was very upsetting, but the focus of this blog IS Kate.

    As I have said, I endured this illness for nine months and if that happens with Kate I fear we are in for a dry spell of pictures. Hopefully Kate's will pass!








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  14. charlotte I just read where William pulled out of the engagement for today because his Duchess is not feeling well. I just hope she does not end up back in teh hospital. It said that William elected to stay by his Duchess's side during this time. It just makes me feel so good to think how much William loves his wife.

    Can you keep us posted on what is going on. You are the best. Thanks again.

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  15. Thank you for your comments and feedback. Jacinta's family requested privacy and it's the least they deserve.

    William has pulled out of the British Military Tournament. This is from Royal reporter Richard Palmer

    "Prince William has pulled out of attending the British military tournament tonight to be with Kate, St James's Palace says. She's had a bout of acute morning sickness again".

    I thought judging by William's comments at the gala, Kate was unwell. HG is a long process for sure and a difficult one. There's talk of another trip to hospital for Kate. I hope she feels better soon, Sending my thoughts and good wishes to Kate.

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    1. Theresa, from Paris9 December 2012 at 17:38

      Oh, dear ! Poor, poor Duchess. She must be bad if Prince William cancelled something important to do with the military. I do hope she won't have a severe case of HG.
      And I expect she'll spend a quiet Christmas with her parents where she won't have to worry about feeling ill or changing clothes and eating... Christmas is also especially about food and drink, isn't it ?!
      I've got a feeling we are not going to see her very much until next year...
      Fingers crossed she feels better in a few weeks time.

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    2. Sorry to hear that Kate is still unwell, but I'm glad William is taking the time to focus on her.

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  16. I hope there is not another trip to the hospital. If there is maybe they can go in the back door so the media will leave then alone. I pray that she get's to feeling better soon. And I hope William will continue to get the time off from his RAF duty to be by his Duchess side. She need's him with her. And I think William want's to be by her side. I know the military here in the US has things in place for their servicemen & women for things like this. They usually give them the time they need.

    Do you know Charlotte if there is a chance if this continues for the Duchess if William would be released from the remainder of his time with the RAF?

    Let's all keep the Duchess & William in our thoughts & prayers that she will get better and stronger soon.

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  17. Oh no! How I hate this for Kate. If I remember right it lessens in some at about 3 months, some at about 5 months, but if not at 5 not until the baby comes.

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  18. I'm so sad to hear she is so unwell. I hope she will not have to go back to hospital.

    Keeping Kate, William and their baby in my thoughts and prayers!

    Thank you for keeping us informed dear Charlotte!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.9 December 2012 at 20:38

      Does anyone know if she has to have an IV if she can be set up at home? . Do they do that for ladies in this situation and then have a house nurse come in for house calls? It would be nice to avoid the hospital again. I could never sleep there with people going in and out for blood pressure checks etc.....

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    2. Hi Sarah- I think anything is possible for them. William has the money to get his Duchess the best care possible. And if it means getting a nurse to come to their house to give her in IV then I bet he does. I would not want to go back to the hospital again if I could be cared for at home in my own bed and having my husband by my side. William did go to the hospital everday but was not with her at night. I be tshe would sleep better knowing that William was right beside her.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.10 December 2012 at 01:04

      Yes hospitals are weird. You know for the most part your getting the best care and yet there are all the interruptions. There's no place like home!

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  19. I read today that William is at risk of not having completed enough flying hours due to the Olympics, Royal Tour etc. to continue his rescue role if he doesn't get some serious time clocked up by year end...there aren't that many days left!

    I think it's great that he's supporting Kate in this way. St.James's Palace have stated that they won't be giving updates but cancelling engagements isn't something they can do quietly...hopefully other members of the Royal Family can step in for them at this difficult time.

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    1. I don't think William is worried about his flyin ghours at this moment, at least I hope not. Maybe if the Duchess conditon does not improve they will release William from the balance of his time with the RAF. I know here in the states our military has thing s like that in place. I have had several friend get our of the military do to family illness etc. And this condition can last her whole pregnancy. I sur ehope not for her sake.

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    2. Charoltte can you give us some insight into how the UK's military works in cases like this, if you know. I can not see William returning to his duties unless his Duchess is at least 75% better if not 100%.

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    3. Hi Pauline, I'm afraid I have no idea how the military works in cases like this.

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    4. Hi Charlotte- I did some research and found that William could be entitled to 4 weeks of compassionate leave. But if his Duchess's condition does not improve there is a chance that he could get more. JUST for the information of your fans.

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  20. Sarah from Calif.10 December 2012 at 00:03

    The picture of William (smiling) so reminds me of a lot of his younger pictures. "Okay here is my smile are you happy now? " Yeh that can just be me reading into it. Just feel very protective for him. He now is trying to balance the love of his life. duty responsibility family and commitment. As are so many of us.
    well the Christmas tree is up and my house smells wonderful!

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    1. We put ours up today, it's lovely and so festive. I must ask my fiancé to add something Christmassy to the layout of the blog :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.10 December 2012 at 01:12

      That would be fun. Even simple holly berries and ivy would deck the blog halls up. Maybe a few twinkling lights here and there. I could go on but I don't think your fiance needs two women telling him what he should do. Ha

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    3. Passing on those suggestions now :)

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  21. well 1st of all it normal acting like that as a father well i love that fact that there will be raising their child on there hand on parents ...and let family will be raising the child instread they hired nanny maybe kate parents will help them...

    charlotte what about the hobbits priemere night are they will attend

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  22. Charlotte, thank you for all your updated info. I was so sad to hear Kate is not well, but SO thankful William cancelled his engagement to stay with her. I know that HG usually peaks at 9-13 weeks and subsides with most women, so I pray that will be the case. I know she will have the very best care, but wondered if she will go back to the hospital or be treated at home. It would definitely be more private and she would be in her own bed. My sister was horribly, horribly sick the entire 9 months with all her pregnancies and had a pic line in her arm that she received IV's from home and a feeding tube through her abdomen to restore nutrients. A home nurse came daily to do everything.

    I know several have posted about William's military duties. I was also curious how things work with RAF and leave time? I know they said he has taken leave now, but I also read he needs to boost his flying hours. Wondering if he will be returning to Anglesey at all with her sickness being so severe. Could he possibly be transferred to a RAF base close to London to complete his duties?

    It does make sense to have a more low-key Christmas with the Middleton's than at Sandringham. I hope they will be able to enjoy the holidays and rest wherever they spend it.

    Continuing to pray for Kate and the precious little baby. Hoping and praying that her sickness will subside quickly.

    Kate from Texas

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    1. Sarah from Calif.11 December 2012 at 00:59

      Great questions Kate. I had. a friend that I knew and cared a lot about but have lost touch over the years. She had HG and I vaguely remember her being at home with an IV. Trust me it was a long time ago. She had a healthy baby boy, and I mean healthy with all the nutrients they were giving his mom. He was diffenintly football material.

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  23. Hello! Long time US follower here. :)

    Just wondering who attended the gala with William? The lady in pink and black specifically... I always wonder about the people who surround the royals.

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  24. At the moment Kate's appearance at 'The Hobbit' premiere hasn't been cancelled but I think it most unlikely she will attend.

    In the next post we'll be hearing a first hand account of HG and it is truly eye opening.

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  25. @Bri- William attended the Gala solo. The lady in the pink & black was someone from his charity. But I have seen photos of her looking at William like a little puppy dog. I think it was disgusting (but that is jsut me). I have to laugh at her. William was playing her not attention.

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    1. Pauline your comment seems unnecessarily catty and mean spirited. This woman is most likely a devoted and hardworking representative of the charity. How terrible for you to be so rude about a time when she was most likely very proud of the attention her work has received.

      Would you not be starstruck if you met William and "his duchess"?

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    2. My goodness, what an unnecessarily nasty comment about a woman who dared to accompany William! According to the Dailymail, that was Danielle Alexandra, a Centrepoint trustee. Given William's long involvement with the charity, I am sure he was delighted to attend the gala with people who are also highly involved in making the charity work. No need to add in salacious drama or brand his guest as "disgusting" for daring to look at William.

      Also, considering you have stated multiple times in recent posts that you consider the Duke and Duchess to be like your own children, and that you anticipate the birth of their child as much as you anticipated the birth of your own grandchild, I'm really not sure you can fault *anyone* else for being overly excited by the presence of the Duke . . .

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    3. Wow that was really, really mean.




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    4. Thanks all for the replies. It makes sense why she seems so excited then! What a great night this was for her and the charity.

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  26. Pauline could you cool it? The lady from the charity was obviously happy to see The Duke there. Nothing 'disgusting' about it.

    Your comments can be so OTT and you make this site unpleasant for others.

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  27. Great post Charlotte! Would have loved to see Kate tonight, but we are far more concerned that she remain as healthy as possible. Hopefully she's feeling better for the Hobbit premiere.

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    1. Thank you :) I think it unlikely she will attend to be honest but it was all depend on how Kate feels on the day :)

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  28. @Diane- Sorry you feel my comment was over the top. I was just expressing my opinion which I believe we can do here. And where on this site does it say I make it unpleasant for others? There has been some heated debates but we have respected the others opinions. So why don't you?

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    1. Pauline- yes, this is an open forum but once in awhile a line is crossed. In my opinion (and I would speculate the others who have commented as well) believe your comment was just that. Charlotte works too hard on this blog for you to use it as a platform for condescending comments in an effort to mask your jealousy.

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    2. Pauline - you do realize that saying something really nasty and then adding, "Just my opinion," does not actually change the underlying spite and meanness underlying your comments, right? Sure, you're allowed to express your opinion, but MULTIPLE posters have told you in the past that your comments are over-the-top and lead to a chilling effect on other people who may want to post. Attacking a charity worker and calling her disgusting/implying that she was following William around like a puppy dog while he ignored her = over the top and nasty. That's the sort of catty comment I would expect from a "mean girl" in high school.

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    3. @Anonymous 01:38 First off I am not jealousy and what would I be jealousy of? I know Ms. Charoltte works vert hard on this great blog but also if she thought my comments were over the top or nasty she would not post them.

      @Anonymous 06:32 My comment was not nasty. All I was doing was making a comment regarding a picture. If you would look at the pictures of this woman you would se her looking up at William, I just thought since William is going through alot with his wife and she was not with him it was a disgusting look. Now I did not say the woman was disgusting but the look was. Now if Williams wife was with him I bet you any amount of money this woman would not be looking at him that way.

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    4. WHY is someone looking at William when his wife was not there "disgusting"?? Multiple posters have called you out for this catty and mean comment. Just because it made it through Charlotte's filter doesn't mean it wasn't totally inappropriate and unnecessary.

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    5. Really? You want to defend that behavior instead of just apologizing?

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    6. Ok I have nothing to apologize for. I did not hurt anyone. I was just making a statement about a picture. I did not direct it at the lady in the picture. I did not say she was disgusting just the look she was give William.

      We are all entitled to our own opinion, and this is mine. All Charlotte wants mus to do is respect everyones opinions. But it looks like you several people are not.

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    7. Here's my opinion. I've done event planning before and I know this woman probably worked very hard for months to pull this event off. She was naturally happy and I doubt that she was flirting. Your comment was over the top and cruel and I wonder if you would've written it if she were younger and thinner.

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  29. Sarah from Calif.11 December 2012 at 01:12

    Throwing in my two cents here. Thought today " I think William and Kate have many caring family members on both sides to help them weather this storm." I won't say who I think (don't want to start anything.) Just glad they have support. Well I will say I'm sure Kate's mom is right there with her.

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