Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Kate Cancels Another Engagement, Recuperating in Bucklebury, A New York Trip? & More

Good evening dear readers,

We're back with a selection of news stories and updates beginning with news on Kate's health. Unfortunately, it seems the Duchess is still very much suffering from the debilitating condition Hyperemesis gravidarum and has been feeling so unwell another unannounced engagement was cancelled yesterday.


More from Richard Palmer's article for the Express:

'Kate, who is believed to be around eleven weeks pregnant with her second child, was due to visit Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup team base in Portsmouth, Hampshire, on Monday.
 But aides have cancelled plans for her to go to Sir Ben's new £12 million headquarters in the Camber Docks. The 32-year-old future queen is still too sick.'

The visit was obviously a follow up to an engagement the Duchess undertook in June, during which she attended a private reception to mark the launch of Britain's attempt to win the America's Cup for the first time. Kate is a keen sailor and appeared to enjoy the launch and wanted to continue to lend her support to Sir Ben's efforts.


Back to Richard Palmer's article for official word from the Palace:

'A royal source confirmed the trip to Portsmouth had been called off and that Kate has no plans to undertake any official engagements before next week. Kensington Palace, while declining to go into detail, said, 'Her engagements are being reviewed on a case by case basis. Any further engagements will be announced in due course.'
 Since Palace officials announced on 8 September that she was pregnant, Kate has been unable to work. Up until this week, she has missed 16 engagements on six different days including 10 planned for a two-day trip to Malta.'

Indeed, Kate hasn't been spotted in public since the pregnancy announcement, suggesting her illness has not subsided even briefly over the past month. HG is unpredictable and often worse with successive pregnancies; it certainly seems it is considerably worse this time round.

Kate has been staying with her parents Bucklebury and convalescing there. When one is feeling unwell the comforts of home and being surrounded by family are both very important. At Kensington Palace, one imagines with staff and aides around, it isn't very homely and while I cannot say this with any certainty, one does get the impression this is how William and Kate feel. Once Kate begins to feel better the Cambridge family will spend much of their time in Norfolk and of course, time will be spent in Bucklebury too, as always. I can see Kensington Palace being little more than a place to stay when engagements are scheduled rather than a home for some time to come.


A family friend spoke with People's Simon Perry:

'She is not at all well, the poor thing. When you're ill, the place you feel most comfortable is at home with your mum, isn't it? When she's there, Kate can just relax and sit on the sofa and not have to worry about having to deal with all the staff and everything else that comes with a palace full of big rooms.'

It sounds like Kate is going through a terrible time and we wish her all the best. For her own sake, perhaps it would be better if the Palace stopped announcing cancelled engagements and cleared her calendar for the moment. What are your thoughts on this?

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Next, a quick look at other stories involving the royal couple. A surprising reports making the headlines this week is news of a possible trip to New York this autumn. A number of news outlets are reporting Prince William is planning to visit the Big Apple. According to People "an open mind is being kept as to whether Kate will accompany him or not".

Wikipedia

This would be surprising news as the Cambridges' schedule this year has already included the New Zealand/Australia tour and visits to Normandy and Belgium. I would have thought the primary concentration would have been supporting patronages in the UK for the remainder of the year. If true, the visit will probably take place in late November - early December and details should be revealed in roughly a month or so. It would be a real treat for our readers across the pond :)

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The Duke and Duchess have started legal action against a photographer amid reports 'an incident last week has prompted their royal highnesses to seek reassurances from the individual about his behaviour. There is reason to suspect the individual may have been placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time.'

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

We'll hear more on this in due course, however, it goes without saying no one, including photographers and members of the media - no matter who the person in question is - should be allowed to harass a child, regardless of his status or future role. With celebrities and royals, being photographed on and off duty comes with the job but it should not be the case for children too. You can read the photographer's rebuttal in Camilla Tominey's article. The BBC reports the individual has been spoken to "over a number of years about his behaviour".

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The total cost of the Cambridges' tour of New Zealand and Australia has been revealed, coming in at $474, 137 - less than one fifth of the Queen's trip in 2011. The majority of the money spent by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet was to cover transport costs.


The breakdown of costs is as follows:

  • Transport - $251,388
  • Domestic travels (meals, accommodation, incidentals) -  $73,638
  • Media liasion - $85,366
  • Hospitality and event related costs - $59,486
  • Miscallenous visit costs - $4,309

It's interesting to see the breakdown and to see how these trips are being planned with economising in mind. While the figures appear very large, by royal tour standards reports are hailing it as a budget tour. It seems it was an immensely successful tour all round!

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We do believe more engagements are scheduled for Kate this month (we also believe more cancellations are yet to come), however, one special event readers should keep an eye on is the upcoming state banquet in honour of the President of Singapore during his visit to the United Kingdom from October 21-23. The event is of course white tie and considering William and Kate's 2012 visit to Singapore it would be very fitting for them to attend, if Kate is up to it (not to mention we'd see a better look at the divine Papyrus tiara Kate wore for the annual Diplomatic Reception last year).



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Kate graces the cover of this week's Hello! Magazine; the feature story refers to the couple's battle against the paparazzi.

Hello! Magazine

Thank you all for reading as always!

229 comments:

  1. Get post. It is interesting that Kate is with her mom. You would think she needs to be close to get drs. And where is William in all this. It has been said he is studying for his exams but he does not study 24/7. I really thought since he missed most of her pregnancy with George because of his RAF duties that he would want to be with her and help her with all of this. But again men are not good when their wives ate sick even though that is part of their wedding vows.
    And what about poor George. His mommy is sick and daddy is away(?) studying.
    I hope Kate recovers soon and she has a healthy baby (or 2).

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    1. Perhaps Will is with Kate AND George in Buckleburry. Perhaps she and George were only in Buckleburry for a few days. This is a tough time for Kate and she needs all the support she can get. Perhaps she is in Buckleburry to have privacy form all the staff that could then observe her vomiting or getting IV fluids, or medications ect.

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    2. I'm really curious, Pauline... Why do you always seem to know exactly what William is or is not doing? How do you know how much time he spends at Kate's side? You must have a very reliable source to always lean so negatively against William.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden9 October 2014 at 09:43

      Since her parents have a dedicated wing in their house with accommodations for Kates family and some staff (security, nanny) I have no doubt that it could be possible that William is there too.

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    4. I'm guessing if you're a royal, getting your doctors to make the odd house call isn't hard. IV treatment is manageable in the home, and that is usually the most critical aspect of HG care. I haven't actually seen Williams whereabouts reported. I would have assumed he's moving about some, and in Bucklebury when he can be.

      Guess I've been leading a very fortunate life, as my 20+ year marriage and my lifetime with my dad have given me no reason to think men aren't good carers when their wives or children are ill. It's been quite the opposite, and unfortunately my menfolk have had a whole lot of opportunities to demonstrate this. Men in general vary, I'd think -- which is also true of women. How William does, I don't know, but I imagine that if Kate's not happy with him, she'll let him know.

      - juniper

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    5. anon from Leominster9 October 2014 at 19:35

      My hubby has always been wonderful but when I had illnesses, even with vomiting. But when I was terribly ill with vertigo many years ago, I did like having my mum to help. (Sadly, she's gone now, how I miss her!) Just hated to have Hubby involved with such a nasty thing. ( I did stay in my own flat though, when I was ill. Thought because I was a married woman (quite new at the time) that I shouldn't run home to Mum. Don't really think Hubby would have really cared though, if I had.)

      William did an investiture last week but I'm thinking he may be doing his helicopter training. That may be why Kate went home.

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    6. It is just strange William has not been seen or heard from since he was attending the wedding a few weeks ago and the investiturea few weeks ago.
      So where is he?? Doesn't anybody think he should be also "helping" with his wife and baby???

      ME

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    7. How would we know whether William is helping his wife and baby??? That would happen in private!

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden10 October 2014 at 16:49

      ME - First of, he has been seen. He did a investiture where he gave 4 people medals (including a midwife/professor).

      And even if he hadn't done that, why would he have been seen? If he's home taking care of Kate there is no chance at all of him being seen. And studying or doing his helicopter training would not give any photos either. If there had been photos (other than engagements) it's usually him out eating, at a wedding etc. And had he done something like that, imagine the outcry :P

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    9. ME, I guess I have the same response to the same question. :))

      How do you know he is not helping? Because you haven't seen a recent photo or story in the DM? Just look at the chemistry between the two whenever they are together and it speaks volumes about their relationship.

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    10. I do think he should be with his wife and baby, work schedule permitting. I also think he probably *is* with them. Are they supposed to tweet pix of him holding her hair back while she pukes? Why do folks assume if he's not being seen, he isn't with her? Seems the most likely explanation for him not being out in public.

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  2. As always, thank you Charlotte for the update! Really hoping that Kate is feeling better very soon and that their lives can get back to normal. Looking forward to the next time she is out in public and hoping of a glimpse of George sometime - perhaps the next time would be a Christmas photo?
    Jen in Maryland, USA

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  3. Does KP not allow for HRH family to visit? So much money went into the Reno, and she goes home. I'm getting a lot of hate for this Q but I really just don't get it. How could she not feel at home in a palace she put a lot of wort into..

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    1. KP does not have the support from a mother and personal family 24/7. If she was not feeling so ill, she would be at KP. It has nothing to do with not feeling at home at KP.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden9 October 2014 at 10:52

      I agree. I loved my apartment, but at my worst mummy is best :P

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    3. I agree Anon 4:28.

      Bucklebury also offers her privacy from staff and her parents and siblings can enjoy time with George in a way they wouldn't be able to at KP (certainly not outdoors).

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    4. I shake my head at how terrible Kensington Palace is for a sick person. The 20 odd room "apartment" that Kate had to have. She had a choice of places to live, and picked this one -- the biggest one that required the most work. Now it's not good enough and she doesn't have enough privacy. If she didn't have all that staff she doesn't have, she'd have plenty. Including someone to take care of the baby and a housekeeper, which is a luxury the vast majority of women don't have.

      I think my head is going to explode.

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    5. anon from Leominster10 October 2014 at 19:49

      I'm with you Bluhare. I don't have a problem overall with Kate going home while she is ill, especially since William is in training but all this talk about how the place is too big with too much help around and not homely enough really bothers me. This overly spoilt couple should have stayed with Nottingham Cottage if that's how they felt and put AC in.

      Kensington Palace was a choice the couple had. Public funds were put towards improvements there instead of other palaces because William and Kate were going to reside there. Kate was allowed to fix the place to suit herself, right down to two kitchens. The whole place is said to have been lavishly furnished and even refurnished to her specifications.

      We were told (at least on this blog) Kate couldn't do any work in January and almost none in February and March because she was so busy fixing up her home!! (Something most people see as funon their own time) Now we're told the poor dear isn't comfortable there because there is too much staff around (maybe who might write later and say she wasn't as ill as we've believe??)

      I don't hate Kate. I used to like her a lot. (I don't read blogs about people I don't like. I ignore them.) But I have to say I'm becoming vexed at the constant air of discontentment and even self-pity (inherited from Charles?) that seems to be gathering around this couple with connection to their position. Recognise that you are hugely privilaged to have Kensington Palace at your disposal and use the damn place - as soon as reasonably possible - that's what I say.

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    6. bluhare and Leo, don't you think that all this talk about KP being too big and not private enough is coming from people speculating, rather than the couple themselves? I honestly don't see the problem with Kate (and William) staying with her parents for whatever period of time she wants to do so. Many of the royals have large homes, but it doesn't mean they are tied to any one property. I actually think it's nice and refreshing that she has remained down to earth and is happy to be in Bucklebury rather than having to play the role of lady of the manor at KP.

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    7. Agree with you royalfan. Like much of the discussion on blogs the starting point is often from speculation from another source or a "reported" comment from an "acquaintance". Ali

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    8. anon from Leominster10 October 2014 at 23:56

      I would have no quarrel with that if they hadn't chosen to have Kensington Palace prepared for them. Regardless, of how they feel about it, which could be rumours, it has been made fairly clear that William and Kate plan to live in the country and only use KP on their very occasional engagements.

      As long as Kate is ill, it's best she be where she is most comfortable, but to not use the palace as a full time residence seems horribly wasteful, and I don't want to hear how large and troublesome they find it and the staff who are tending to their needs. If it doesn't suit their present plans for the next years to come, it should be rented out and the money used to support the royal palaces.

      While it will never happen, I believe being asked to pay rent on the flat would give William and Kate some appreciation for exactly how privilaged they are.

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    9. I'm at a loss as to what there is to quarrel about.... William will be king. They have a place in London, a house in the country, and a cottage in Scotland. This is not unprecedented, and how much time they spend in each doesn't make one more or less expensive to maintain. What *is* unprecedented is to have three heirs in line for the job, combined with an 1980's/1990's chapter they are trying to avoid.

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    10. Yes royal fan, how true. I have come to realize that most blogging is speculation on everyone part. I would add that on this blog some of us feel we have to give rational alternative reasons for why Kate and Will do/did something when they are being constantly attacked for their decisions.

      We have no way of knowing the actual reasons why they are in Buckleburry (if they really are - we have not seen pictures of them there and as far as I know nothing has been officially announced), why Will decided to return to flying, what actually happened with the paparazzi in question that prompted them to get lawyers involved, why Kate didn't do any "work" in Jan, Feb and March as is Leo's perception and the multiple other issues that are constantly debated. The bottom line is NONE of us have first hand information so why not accept that they have bonafide reasons behind there decisions and respect them as the responsible adults as we want respected. Unless you have all the information then why judge them negatively for anything/everything they do. Since they can't present there side of the issues on this blog (at least I hope they don't read this blog's comment section) someone has to give logical alternatives to the negative attacks.

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    11. anon from Leominster11 October 2014 at 16:59

      "We have to be seen to be believed" a certain queen has said and well before blogs, speculation has always existed about the royal family in the absence of facts.

      I try to stay to the facts as much as possible. Kensington Palace was prepared for a couple. A fact. They don't plan to use it but plan to be mostly in the country. A fact, based on the official announcment of William's plans. Kate has done as little as five solo engagments this year and only about ten in announced ones in Britain. None in January, Febuary or March unless there were unannounced ones. (There may have been one, a hospice visit.) The public paid for massive improvments on Kensington Palace. A fact. The place is likely to be sitting empty much of the time if William and Kate stay with their announced plans. A fact. Buckingham Palace is crumbling and needs much work - A fact announced as the queen is seeking public money for repairs for it. Which she isn't likely to get.

      What is seen judges most of us. Most of us have to go to work - our bosses may think we're nice people and hopefully they respect us but they still expect to see our work, whether we work from home or not. Respect is always earned and William and Kate have to earn the respect of the British people if they want the privilages and high leval of deference (which many think is an anachorism today) that comes with their position.

      There are many nice, pretty couples in the world but we aren't blogging about them. I don't want to read about a helicopter pilot and a housewife (imagine is Charlotte started suddenly publishing posts about one of William's fellow pilots and his wife and their everyday life. We would think she had lost her mind.) And that pilot wouldn't have a magnficent flat in Kensington Palace and a lavish country house HANDED to him rent- free. (although soon possibly not tax free.) We read about William and Kate because they are a prince and princess and frankly the majority of us are more interested in their public works than their private life. We want royal news not the tittle-tattle that fills the void.

      They could present their side if they wished. If they chose not to, they will be judged according. We are all judged constantly, and not always fairly. We all have job evaluations and reviews, critiques on our work and our life. And people judge what they see. I came into reading this blog hoping to see a prince and princess at work, a couple perhaps more in touch with the lives of their future subjects than their elders. At the moment, I see a couple wanting to live thier lives without many royal obligations, but with all the royal perks. A couple more about entitlement than duty.

      And duty is what royal families are about today, since there is little or no political role. We are told William and Kate will their do their duty in the end and I hope so but their lack of work ethic concerns me. That is generally developed when young.

      As for what Royalfan said, William will one day have Sandringham and Balmoral as well as two palaces at his disposal. When his father becomes king Clarence House will be available. It is not necessary for him to have a hugely expensively rennovated and maintained London place at his disposal unless he plans to undertaken a substantial amount of royal duties.

      Call me a royal family fan, but I'm on the fence at the moment about William and Kate. From reading this blog, many are and most of us are royal supporters. We want to admire William and Kate but not on faith alone. And while I'm sure they don't read this blog, I hope their advisors do, and the massively worse things that are being published elsewhere. Forget what the public thinks and William will be a helicopter pilot for good because there will be no royal family. They exist at the will of their people.

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    12. I suspect we need sources here. Has either William or Catherine ever made a statement about Kensington Palace or Anmer Hall or Bucklebury? Has their office ever indicated what their plans and preferences are, or where they are spending time? Sources seem to be vague to non-existent. Surely irritation with the domestic arrangements of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is disrespectful at best, as long as there is a monarchy and the Queen has provided them with suitable homes. At worst, it is probably inaccurate, and gives the wrong impression if all it is based on is media invention. Until we know where the Cambridge family is based once William is working, Kate is well, a new baby is born, and eventually the children enter school, all of this grumbling and grousing is groundless.

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    13. royalfan, absolutely I'm commenting on the speculating. And the speculating that being ill in a palace is horrible and you have no privacy what with all the help coming in and out all the time. Kate's the boss. If she wanted the help out of her way the help would be out of her way. She also HAS help. Something a lot of women don't. So I don't feel sorry for her on this one. I feel bad because being that ill must be terrible, but not about her circumstances.

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    14. Well, if this couple is seen as merely a helicopter pilot and housewife, it certainly hasn't diminished the interest in them or the desire to comment. They still need a place in London and that is a fact too. They are a young couple, their family will grow, and given the Windsor genes, it may be their London base for many years to come. Unless they split themselves in three, they can only occupy one residence at a time. As for how much they're seen (to be believed), I sincerely doubt they are digging their heels in and refusing to do as the Queen, or Charles, would wish.

      bluhare, absolutely she can do as she wishes and I believe she is doing exactly that.

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  4. I agree with you Charlotte, I think the Palace needs to stop announcing cancelled engagements. We all know that she is very ill and can't make her schedule. I'm sure it makes her feel even worse and the stress isn't good for her recuperation or for the baby.

    It'd be nice to see TRH in the US. If Kate is well enough travel, I hope she will come to New York with WIlls, but if not, then it's better she stay home.

    I agree that it is better to be at home with family when you feel sick. KP looks beautiful from the outside, but I'm sure it's not like a private home at all.

    I hope Kate will be well enough for the State visit and that we might see her in another tiara for a full on shot. I'd like to see a different tiara as the Papyrus is nice, but not my favorite. I liked the Cartier tiara she married in, much better.

    Michelle

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    1. Loralee from Atlanta9 October 2014 at 22:21

      Talking of tiaras, I read somewhere that Will and Harry were inheriting one of Diana's tiara's when Harry turned 30. Does anyone know anything about this? The Spencer tiara? It would be sweet to see Kate with one of Diana's tiara's.

      I am hoping that Kate will start to be on the mend when she gets past the 12 week milestone. I have read that some HG sufferers start to feel better between the 12-16th week because the certain hormones that cause the nausea start to subside then. Hope that is true for our Kate. Bless her, as she recovers! Hope she is comfortable "at home wit Mum" in Bucklebury. I pray that she is finding some foods and drinks she can tolerate, and that the doctors are helping her in every way possible.

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    2. Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, owns the Spencer tiara. Diana borrowed it whenever she wore it, and it was brought to her from a bank vault. It will not be royal property. Who owns the Lover's Knot tiara that was once Queen Mary's personal property is another question. It may have reverted from Diana to the Queen, or if it was Diana's property it may be heritable by her heir(s). There is a current discussion about that on the Royal Jewels of the World message board. I doubt anyone will wear the Lover's Knot tiara anytime soon, however, given its association with Diana.

      Both the papyrus tiara and the halo tiara belonged to the Queen Mother, who loaned one or both to Princess Anne, Princess Margaret, and Serena Linley. They now belong to the Queen. The Cartier halo tiara was in a Paris exhibit when Kate wore the papyrus tiara, so who knows whether she will favor one or the other. I have also wondered about the oak leaf and acorn earrings from her family, which I don't think Kate has worn again.

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    3. Courtney from NC10 October 2014 at 02:32

      I had HG during my pregnancies. With my first pregnancy I lost 21 pounds in a couple weeks. I was miserable and it wasn't until about the 24th week of pregnancy that I started to feel any better. After 28 weeks I was able to resume some of my normal activities. The second pregnancy wasn't as hard on me as the first but I was still miserable. One reason that it was better was because the doctor knew about my HG and started with anti-nausea medication right away and other measures were taken before it got as bad as the first pregnancy did. The HG lasted in full force until about the 20th week. I felt so bad for my first child. My first two kids were 16 months apart and I relied heavily upon my mum during my second pregnancy. She was amazing with my son. My third pregnancy I lost a lot of weight due to my HG but after the 18th week it was as if someone flipped a switch and the nausea was gone. However, I started having kidney issues and ended up in the hospital for that several times.

      I was so miserable and I didn't have cameras on me every time I stepped out of my house. I was so weak and fragile and I looked horrible. Deathly pale and so exhausted. I am praying for the Duchess and her family. I imagine that once she starts to feel better she will want a little time to sleep and start looking more "normal" before she does an engagement. I don't blame her. The only thing worse than being that physically ill and miserable, is looking that physically ill and exhausted.

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    4. I believe the Spencer tiara would stay with the Spencer family. Any jewels that Diana bought or was given privately would probably go to William and Harry, but Earl Spencer would ultimately get pieces like the Spencer tiara.

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  5. I don't think that there is anything wrong with cancelling unannounced engagements. Just by announcing she isn't attending, attention is paid to the charity or organization that is the focus of the engagement. The Art Room engagement last week got a lot of attention from the cancellation - almost as much as it would have if she had attended. I'm sure that was her intent when her aides cancelled it and she released her letter of apology and encouragement.

    As for today's event, I'm not sure it was actually KP that announced it was cancelled. I think they gave their standard statement that they are taking the engagement thing on a case by case basis, but isn't it possible that the news that her attendance was cancelled was leaked by someone close to the organization rather than KP?

    In any event, I feel for Kate. I don't think there's any reason to believe that William isn't doing his share to look after and comfort his wife; and from what I've seen, I'm sure Prince George is receiving the best care possible. Cuddling up on the sofa with mom no doubt. I certainly don't have any information that would lead me to believe that he's wanting for attention.

    Get well soon Kate.

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    1. I totally agree with you Jane, As I read the Express story they said the palace "confirmed" not announced the cancellation,

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    2. I fully agree. There is nothing wrong with announcing canceled engagements; indeed, I would have thought that those who have been criticizing what they have deemed to be an insufficency of engagements in the Duchess's diary would care to know what she has had planned.

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      Eva B - Nice catch. That sounds reasonable. I can understand the engagement themselves releasing it.

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  6. Poor Kate, I am glad she is able to be with her family while she is so sick. And George is probably getting plenty of time with his grandparents too!

    We might have to be more patient about seeing a tiara on Kate's head. The state visit is in less than 2 weeks. Perhaps she will feel better for the diplomatic reception in December.

    On another note, is there any confirmation other than Hello magazine of Charlene having twins?

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    1. People also confirmed that Charlene is expecting twins :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden10 October 2014 at 16:52

      There has also apparently been an official confirmation. But I can't find it :P

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    3. It was confirmed officially by the Palace.

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    4. It was officially announced (in French, of course) on twitter, too (@palaismonaco)!

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  7. Thank you for the post! I think it might be better for the PR people to stop announcing cancellations. However, it does potentially quiet the cacophony of critics stating they aren't performing enough royal duties or publicly supporting their patronages enough. I'm sure she'd rather be conducting visits than suffering through HG. On the Prince George topic, no child should be "papped in the park," or anywhere, for that matter.

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  8. Charlotte, I couldn't agree more that it would be better if the Palace stopped announcing cancelled engagements and cleared her calendar. I'm no PR expert, but it seems to me that this is bungling of the worst kind. It's enough to say that she's ill and will not be undertaking engagements until she is well enough to do so.

    As for staying with her mother, that makes sense. Perhaps the sources quoted were not asked about William's role at the moment. It seems a bit harsh to challenge him on not living up to his wedding vows with so little information to go on. Many men have to go to work while their wives are sick. It's a normal part of life.

    Little George will, no doubt, adore being with his grandmother and grandfather. With her mother (and the nanny) on hand to provide emotional stability and engaged care for George, Catherine can rest free of the eyes of palace staff. William can focus on his exams as well as support her during those hours that he is able to be with her. He may be there more often than any of us know.

    I am speculating, but suspect that she might well have a nurse or midwife making regular calls to the house. A doctor isn't necessary to replenish an IV drip if that's what her care entails. And I'm sure there her doctors would visit their patient if required--especially one of Catherine's stature. They won't be demanding that she show up and wait her turn at their office.

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  9. Shannon G, Kentucky9 October 2014 at 00:59

    First, I had to roll my eyes at the cover of Hello magazine. How incredibly tasteless to put a pregnant woman saying "I feel great" next to a woman with HG. It's just another subtle reminder that there's something wrong with you if you have HG - like you can smile your way to feeling better. (Yes I had people say that to me.)

    I have to agree with you, Charlotte. I don't quite understand the point of announcing the cancelling of unannounced engagements. It kind of feeds into the "look she is sick, really!" line of thinking. Along with "proving" she works. I don't really understand all the politics of it and frankly I don't care. My hope is that Kate is able to stay far away from it all so it doesn't add undue stress. I would hope these engagements were previously scheduled though not publicized and they're not adding to her calendar because that's just cruel. Although, in a way, I'm grateful it keeps HG in the media, but I hope it's not at the expense of Kate's wellbeing.

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    1. Re: Hello!... I thought so too. But most of the time Charlene looks so miserable that I am happy they gave her a positive headline. In reality, it doesn't go very far, does it?

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    2. anon from Leominster9 October 2014 at 16:23

      I don't see any harm in the Charlotte picture. It's big news and just because she is feeling great now doesn't mean she did during her whole pregnancy. She's much further along. Suspect Hello! already had their cover planned or they might have swapped. (And sometimes they print two covers.)

      I'd be far more concerned about the "friend" who made the sofa remarks. As someone pointing out, sitting and relaxing on the sofa doesn't sound like she's as ill as we suspect - H.G. doesn't usually allow relaxing. Not to mention the "staff" remark sounds very poor little rich girl. Other mums who are struggling with H.G. who have to bring their mums in for help because there is no one else or handle things on their own or worry about how to care for their older children, aren't going to be too sympathetic with this "problem" of Kate's.

      When she's ill,Kate should go where she wishes, but long term I'm concerned about this million pound in repairs paid by public funds for a Kensington flat of William and Kate's that they only plan to use as a once in a while bolt hole. With Buckingham Palace said to be crumbling because of lack of money for repairs, what a horrendous waste! If they're only coming briefly, they could stay someplace else.

      And as for it not being comfortable, Kate was allowed to furnish it as she wished, with access of royal treasures available if she wanted it. . I had nothing but admiration for William and Kate at the start but the entitlements of this couple is beginning to grate on me. Instead of the heavy load of public service that has justified the existance of a royal family, this couple often seems about "me". I do wonder if that will ever change.

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    3. anon from Leominster9 October 2014 at 19:19

      Typo - meant Charlene. Have to say I find the Charlene miserable bit a little amusing because Victoria and David Beckham are supposed to be this glamourous couple and Victoria hasn't smiled in public in years. Not even when she is with her children. Always looks a complete misery. It could be that Charlene is unhappy but don't think we should go on expression alone.

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    4. I don't think Victoria sobbed her way through her wedding, though. :)

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    5. What people often don't realise, I think, is that if random people were photographed while walking down a street, doing some shopping or something else along those lines, most of them wouldn't be smiling. That doesn't necessarily mean you're unhappy, just that wearing a neutral expression is not equivalent to smiling! Seriously, who actually smiles all day long?!
      Kate appears to smile quite a lot but if you look at old pictures of her, you'll see that it wasn't always that way. Again, that's not to say that she was unhappy then because people who are just out and about don't usually smile constantly. I have a feeling that this is something she took on as part of her public role. People expect her to smile, wave, make small talk... so that's what she does.
      But I don't blame Charlene for not being the kind of person to whom lots of smiling comes naturally.

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    6. bluhare,
      why do you think she married him then?
      This is a serious question. I've been thinking about this. She did seem to be rather sad at her wedding. I'm not just talking about the crying because one can also shed a few tears out of happiness. She just seemed rather sad overall.
      But why marry him then?

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    7. Anon 20:43, I totally agree with your reasoning. I just don't think it applies to Charlene. As a matter of fact, I do believe that by nature she would be inclined to be a happy person. I say would because I honestly believe that something changed when certain allegations came out before the wedding. I think she had serious doubts about going through with it, but it had gone too far and she didn't have the luxury of calling it off. Perhaps the story about her passport being taken away has a grain of truth to it. Even in photos where they are smiling, it looks rather forced.

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    8. If only you'd asked me why Victoria married Beckham, Anonymous. I could post paragraphs of poetic prose on the topic. As to why Charlene married Albert? No bloody clue.

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    9. Lol......thank you for the giggle, bluhare.

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  10. I've had my say on the whole photographer business but it is interesting that he is the one who took the exclusive image of Kate in the tiara photo that is so appreciated by fans.

    I do not think the announcement of cancellations is the way to go. I understand it gives that organization a brief note in the press -- however it is connected to an unpleasant/unfortunate circumstance. It also presents Kate as unreliable as folks rack up all the things she meant to do, but didn't. In all honesty, the world still functions when she can't participate in it. Leave it alone until she can take on more then raising her children.

    Meanwhile, given her length of absence from public view, I think they do need a more thoughtful re-entry strategy then just whatever is next on the calendar. I think it should be a royal function (with senior members of the family) or charity function. Given that she's cancelled on foreign dignitaries (Oxford), veterans (Invictus), an entire commonwealth country (Malta), and a charity, it really would not have been a good idea for her first foray out to be helping out billionaire sportsmen. Traveling to New York without first having been somewhere in public in the UK would not sit favorably either I imagine.

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    1. Oh Moxie, how can you be so unkind as to accuse Kate as being "unreliable". I sure hope that if you ever become ill and can't fulfill your obligations that others will be more understanding and compassionate than you are being toward Kate. Please, I know you are not a supporter of Kate and Will and probably not the Monarchy, but this is hardly the issue over which to attack them!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden9 October 2014 at 10:54

      I agree. You feel bad enough not fulfilling what you said you would. (How small or big doesn't really matter...).

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    3. I do agree that her popping off to whatever glittering events they're planning in New York will look terrible if she hasn't been able to attend to anything domestic in the meantime. Think how that will look -- like yesterday she wasn't able to spend part of a day somewhere nearby, and today she's up for transatlantic travel and a round of appearances 3,000 miles away. I'm not saying that's even an accurate characterization, but really? It is not likely to play well.

      And I can guarantee you that the majority of New Yorkers greeted the news with, "Oh crap, think of the traffic..."

      -juniper

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    4. If Kate had been seen as a hard worker from the get go, we wouldn't be having this conversation now.

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    5. I said that the way that KP press office is handling this makes Kate look unreliable. How else are folks suppose to interpret - "was going to be somewhere, but didn't show up." This is the message they are putting out there. Charlotte specifically asked opinions about the topic of how the press office is handling it - I gave an honest assessment on how I think that messaging comes across. And then I followed up with a suggestion about how she should re-enter public life when she is able to do so.

      Here's something to consider, even when Kate starts to feel better, she still has George to take care of - that is different from last time. She has a commitment to that child, so while everyone has been focusing on comparing when she was able to go back to work last time - they forget she didn't have a one year old who is her responsibility and takes quite a bit of energy. She just may only get well enough to take care of George, and not take on anything else. And that is why I said "when she can take on more then raising her children".

      I didn't attack anybody. It is true that I do not invest emotionally in Kate and William - and I am confident that Kate and William are not emotionally invested in my well being. I do not appreciate being told I am being unkind, when I am not.

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    6. Because Kate IS being unreliable now, whether she wants to or not. If they don't cancel all her engagements for the next month or two now then people don't know if she's going to be well enough to show up and then we get the last minute cancellations. Of course that's being unreliable, when events don't know until the last minute whether she'll be able to be there.

      Before you all launch at me, she can't help but be unreliable if engagements aren't being cancelled in advance and are being handled on a case by case basis. It makes much more sense to cancel appointments for the next two months, and if she isn't past the worst of it by then, then re-evaluate on a monthly basis after that. No one expects a violently ill person to work.

      Although Anonymous has a point too. I've noticed that Kate appears to be a lot more concerned about not working now than she is when she's well.

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    7. bluhare, regarding Kate being more concerned now........

      Perhaps they are listening to public opinion....the same public opinion they have been accused of ignoring in the past.

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    8. That could be, royalfan, and it could also be that it's easy to say she wants to work when she can't. Could go both ways. The problem is when she wasn't working much before the pregnancy was announced, then it's hard to believe she really really wants to work now.

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    9. I didn't think what Moxie said was an attack on Kate. I don't think it was even unkind. It was a statement about how the palace press office is handling the situation, nothing more.

      -juniper

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    10. bluhare, the PR on behalf of W&K hasn't been the best; I won't argue that. But I do not believe she is pretending to want to do these engagements and then disappointing the charities when she backs out.

      I suspect her diary was planned long before this baby became in twinkle in William's eyes. :)) The Malta dilemma was proof of that because it would have been her first solo tour, and it takes a lot to "derail" something like that.

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    11. Why would you use terms like "unreliable" when Kate had never has had a history of not doing what she has been scheduled for or what she has agreed. Regardless of you perception of how much "work" Kate should be doing, she has never been unreliable. When you state "How else are folks suppose to interpret - "was going to be somewhere, but didn't show up."" Because Kate IS being unreliable...", and "Of course that's being unreliable...". Why would you even use a negative term like this and apply it to this situation. KP purely put out one note written from Kate to the Art Studio (if it actually came from them) and "confirmed" another cancellation. There has been no other announcements about 5 other engagements that have been reportedly cancelled according to the article in the Express. I am fairly sure the organizations are not viewing the cancellations as Kate being "unreliable"

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    12. The definition of unreliable is not being able to depend on something or something happening. At this point, Kate can't be depended on to attend an event. Ergo, unreliable. It does not mean that she is unreliable with no cause, because that's obviously not the case, but right now that's the reality.

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    13. She pulled out of Malta (2 days), Oxford, Invictus (2 days), Art Room, and the Sailing gig. Four were at the last minute, and they gave the sailing folks a week's notice. There are people at the other end of those events that were expecting Kate and had made plans for her to visit. At this point in time, you cannot rely on Kate to attend an event. The word used to describe that is "unreliable". The press office, now deciding to tell the press about Kate cancelling events that they had no prior knowledge of, further sends the message of "unreliable". Maybe not saying anything until Kate gets well is the way to go - because they aren't giving out information about her health - just information about how she is canceling on people. What do we call people who consistently cancel on many people? What's that word we use?? Starts with a "u"...

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    14. The way the PR is being handled is contributing to her being seen as unreliable. NO pun intended here, but I actually think we can rely on her to be unwell for a while. I wish they would just clear her calendar for three or four months because every time they cancel an engagement, it just give some folks yet another "Ahhaa!" moment.

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  11. Charlotte, I am not sure what difference it makes if the Palace announces the cancellations on a day to day basis or just clears her calendar. If they just clear her planned engagements then what happens if she feels better and is spotted out - what an uproar that would cause! If I were Kate, I would not want to disappoint anyone that may be expecting me and if this HG subsides I would want to fulfill my responsibilities.

    As far as Kate being in Buckleburry, at least she is with people she can trust and away from prying eyes and photographers.

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  12. I have to laugh at the family friend saying Kate can just relax and sit on the sofa at her family's house. I had HG that lasted until 34 weeks, and at 11 weeks (if that is how far along she is), all I could do was lie in my bed. Any movement I made made me throw up. I couldn't watch TV or movies, I couldn't read, I couldn't do anything on the computer. And I also think cancelled engagements shouldn't be announced. I'm sure she feels quite bad about missing them all. I cried about so many things I missed during my pregnancy, and none of them were as important as what Kate has missed.

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    1. Shannon G, Kentucky9 October 2014 at 03:27

      You are absolutely right! You miss so much! And relaxing? Pffft! Hardly. We couldn't turn ceiling fans on for my whole pregnancy because it made me throw up. I couldn't talk for more than a couple minutes at a time because that made me sick so eventually I just stopped talking to people altogether. Lyivg on the couch wanting to die is not exactly a vacation.

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    2. Shannon, I have been wondering what physiological process causes HG. Is it similar to a food sensitivity? I'm reading comments about worsening HG in subsequent pregnancies. Is that because exposure sensitizes the mother to the hormones? Since most women have some level of nausea during the height of the pregnancy hormones, it must be a more or less normal sensitivity. But obviously HG is far from normal. Is that because some women are much more sensitive, to the extent of considering HG similar to an allergy? Or is it a separate process altogether?

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    3. Marci from Salt Lake10 October 2014 at 02:24

      I think your comments on your HG experiences have added and continue to add a lot of valuable insight to us who have never experienced this kind of sickness. Thank you!

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden10 October 2014 at 09:57

      Anon 00.34. Very interesting questions. To my knowledge there are only some vauge theories as of the cause. As in, they don't know. That's one of the reasons many of us hopes that when Kate gets better, she will be Patron of some HG-cause.

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    5. Shannon G, Kentucky11 October 2014 at 23:08

      Anon 00:34, thank you for your questions. First let me say there is just not a lot known definitively about HG. Like many illnesses and disorders that only effect a small percentage of the population, there is not a lot of funding for research on HG. (As Rebecca said, that's why so many of us are hopeful Kate's situation encourages more interest in funding research.) To address your questions directly, I'm not aware HG itself is similar to a food sensitivity. However, there is research that indicates women with a history of food sensitivities are at a slightly higher risk for developing HG. Also, when having HG, one will develop many food intolerances, some that will linger long after the baby is born. As for your second question about HG being worse in subsequent pregnancies, I don't know of any research that explains that, but I think your theory is as good as any! Some theories to the causes of HG suggest a sensitivity to hCG or higher levels of estrogen so your thinking is in line with that. There has also been new research suggesting HG may be an autoimmune disorder. HG may also have a genetic component. I find both of these pieces of information particularly interesting because through the process of my illness, my family learned that my mom's experience in pregnancy with me was likely HG though wasn't understood as such at the time. My mom also has developed an autoimmune disorder in the last two years. I hope that helps some. I am by no means an expert and recommend looking at the HER Foundation for more information. When I was sick, and since, I just wanted to know more about what was happening to me and why. Thank you again for your questions. I really appreciate anyone who would take the time to understand more about HG; it makes such a difference. Marci, thank you so much for your kind words! I truly hope that sharing my story can help someone else the way so many other HG moms helped me.

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    6. Shannon, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! I can say for sure that not everyone with serious food sensitivities, like me, has HG. I had very mild nausea in early pregnancy, really just a blah feeling. But somehow the HG reaction sounds similar to other substance sensitivities.

      The idea of an autoimmune response is also very interesting. I can understand that if it means the mother forms antibodies to the placental hormones. I hope someone is doing research on that possibility, as it should be demonstrable.

      It's surprising that HG sufferers are such a small minority of the general population, given the number of women here who have experienced it! I do hope Kate's experience will lead to better understanding and more research. I also hope that she will consider carefully whether to undergo further pregnancies, however much she might like a larger family. Anon 00:34

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  13. My backround is as an RN in high-risk pregnancy and also was very sick x 3 pregnancies and I will say: HG is horrible. I just keep picturing how sick she is. In case she reads this: Hang in there! It will get better soon and you know, it is worth it. She probably has George right there with her. A good thing about toddlers, they are happy just being around mommy, and they cheer mommy up. They also don't get what is going on. So no guilt. I hope they are layimg around watching kids' movies. Life moves so fast! I look back on those times with joy and at the same time glad the sickness is over :)

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      Mrs. G--thank you so much for contributing your insights. I appreciated this!

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    2. You are welcome. I think "joy" might be too strong of a word, esp. Being so sick. I justvlook back and at least the pain was simple, I just hadvto bear it, but my babies were with me and safe. There was just some comfort and sweetness in that, even though it is physical hell.

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  14. hi charlotte i hope your having a good day i think unannounced engagement if she could attend it would became public maybe the palace is not sure about whatever she could attend it would be nice but im thinking health comes first we are all misses the duchess on the public i wish her well and healthy pregnancy i know she been 11 weeks now its good for her to stay home with her family with george wills and her mom as well maybe she the palace allows her mom to visit her i think the new york would trip kate would be able to go next years because as risky pregnancy it would be nice if they have family trip to nyc but if comes times we have to consider the duchess condition btw love new edition of hello magazine

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  15. I think it is good that Kate's engagements for September and October are known. There is the obvious PR advantage for her charities, but it also lets us know that she hopes to recover soon, since these events are still scheduled. Clearing her calendar would just say that she has given up on returning to active duty any time soon. Optimism and concentrating on the baby to come may help her deal with HG emotionally, even though of course it will not get rid of the physical symptoms. I agree that it is harsh to attack William when we have no knowledge of his recent actions beyond covering for his father at an investiture and studying for exams. He substituted for Kate in Malta, and he has expressed his deep concern about her, even asking a midwife to whom he gave an award to help. It seems to me that this young couple deserves our concern, not our condemnation. And I think the Palace, though sometimes bumbling, has this right. It is an unusual set of circumstances, and they are providing information without unnecessary comment.

    On the subject of the papyrus tiara photo, people arriving at the diplomatic receptions are not supposed to be photographed. Yes, it was amazing to suddenly see Kate wearing the tiara, but if this was the same photographer who has consistently broken the rules, he deserves censure. By all accounts, Kate is not as furious with the paps as William, at least not yet, and her family may have asked for pictures from the problem photographer, but he seems to be a thorn in the side of various royals.

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  16. I don't think there's a perfect solution here. If KP announces cancelled engagements, people will not be happy and make accusations about PR. If they clear her calendar, there will be speculation about her being in worse shape than the public is being told and/or other questions/complaints.

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      I agree. Or people saying "she took the chance to clear her calendar".... :/

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    2. I think the public would be a touch more understanding if Kate had been busier prior to her pregnancy. No one would begrudge her not working during this time, it's all the other times when she was supposedly well that she didn't work that make people less understanding overall.

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    3. Wow, Anon 17:36. I didn't realize that showing empathy and compassion towards another human being was related to the sufferer's work schedule prior to the illness. Have you read all the personal accounts people have shared regarding HG?

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    4. Anonymous has a point, royalfan. Look at the blog articles. This year, other than the foreign tour and WWI commemorations, Kate's calendar has been sparse. She did "royal" events, but not much else. Yet all of a sudden we're supposed to think she's agonizing because she can't visit the charities she hasn't visited all year? I guess I have no compassion or empathy either. I *am* sorry she's feeling ill, but I don't like it when her staff tries to insult my intelligence by saying how much she wants to get out there when she hasn't been doing much all year and it had been announced that William was going to take this job and they were cutting back, or at least not ramping up, royal duties.

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    5. And soon, once Kate is a mother of two, there will be the popular opinion that she is just too busy at home manage to make a 45 minute appearance every three weeks.

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    6. bluhare ... you do not know how much I appreciate your comments.
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    7. Thank you, Orchid. Don't think I've seen your name before but you are already one of my favorites! :)

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  17. Kate, Texas, USA9 October 2014 at 05:25

    I can see announcing cancellation of engagements being positive and negative. People are made aware that she was scheduled for an engagement, but it could also go overboard with every cancellation being announced. It's got to be frustrating and stressful for Kate wanting to work and wanting to feel better. Obviously Kate is very sick and the most important thing is her and the baby's health. I think if they clear her schedule and not announce anything at this point, it would be good. If she's well enough for an engagement, it would be wonderful. I feel recovering at her parent's is expected. Home is a great place to be when she's so ill. She can relax and rest and it gives George time with family while his mommy is not well. I pray the sickness will subside soon for Kate's sake.

    I would be very surprised to see Kate attending the State Banquet in a couple weeks. It would be fabulous to see her there and I'm sure she would love to be well enough to go, but as Charlotte mentioned, her sickness seems to be worse this time around. Charlotte, are William and Kate scheduled to attend? Wondering if he will go with or without her?

    The New York trip.... As I said in the last post, it would be lovely to host the Cambridge family on American soil, but it doesn't seem likely. We would definitely welcome them and I might have to hop a flight to NYC in hope's of getting a glimpse, but the PR machine better go into overdrive to fight and justify the trip after the dry spell of engagements in the UK. It will be interesting to see if there's truth to the trip. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene were in NYC last week and Hollywood this week, so more Royals heading our way would definitely be welcome, especially if it were William and Kate!

    As far as Prince George and the pap photographer, I completely agree with you Charlotte. At no time should any child be harassed for any reason no matter who they or their parents are. I don't know the laws in the UK, but I do know they have firm laws in place to protect children. When I was there for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, I was standing with several Girl Guide troops on The Mall waiting for the carriage procession back to BP. I took a couple pictures and some of those in authority thought I was snapping pictures of the children. They were quick to come and question me. They also hovered around as I chatted with the girls. Once they realized I was a mom of 4 just missing her kiddos and just being friendly, they backed down. I was a bit baffled at first until a lady standing with me explained. Honestly, I was impressed at how quick they acted and reacted. Sad that our world has come to this place, but yet here we are. Good for William taking legal action to protect his family. He is setting the boundaries for what is acceptable/not acceptable and that's good.

    Thanks for the update Charlotte! Kate, many prayers for rest and good health. Hope you are on the mend very soon!

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  18. anon from Leominster9 October 2014 at 07:23

    I respect those who disagree but I still find it odd announcing what Kate is Not going to do. Personally, I think it would be better if whatever was planned for October was simply cancelled right now and perhaps Kate could try for something like Rememberance a month from now, which has other royals present regardless. Charities do prepare for Kate coming - I'm sure they're happy with the publicity but it must be difficult for those on the ground leval of preparations not to know if Kate is coming or not and then having it cancelled indefinately. Just my view. There aren't a lot of easy answers. Just hope Kate is better soon.

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  19. Eve from Germany9 October 2014 at 07:35

    I´m sorry to hear about Kate´s condition - and about all the women who had and have to go through HG. They all have my deepest sympathies.... I´ve said in my last post that I think all this "case by case" and "day by day" business just adds an enormous amount of pressure on the Duchess. She´s sick and that´s it. No engagements possible. End of story. If people are not happy with it and suggest she´s "lazy" - well, they are the same ignorant idiots as those bosses and doctors who are unwilling to acknowledge that HG even exists..... I hope, though, that the fact that the Duchess suffers from this illness will result in more efforts to find out how we can help those women to feel better and be able to simply enjoy their pregnancy. I wish Kate would be able to talk openly about what she had and has to go through - it would certainly have an enormous effect on all those who still believe "it´s only morning sickness" (which is bad enough, by the way - I would love to see a man throwing up every morning for three months - as my mother used to say: If men were to have the children we would have died out long time ago...).

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  20. I feel so bad for Kate I hope this is her last child another may kill her poor thing. Praying for her and her baby!

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  21. Hi Charlotte
    thank you for the update. Totally agree with you about Prince George.

    I'm happy to wait to see Kate again if it means that she's being well looked after and getting better. The priority is her health and that of the baby.

    On the subject of announcements about engagements being cancelled I can see the arguments both ways and the reality is that they're likely to be 'damned if they do and damned if they don't'. Not easy!

    The whole NY trip story is just speculation at the moment. There's no reliable information of any kind but if it were to become a reality then the appropriateness or otherwise of the Duke and Duchess doing it would depend on the purpose of the trip.

    The cost of the Cambridges visit to Australia earlier this year is a non issue here - there are much more important things to be thinking about!

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  22. I really think Kate should take on the role as Patron of the HG Society (if there is one). This would be a great PR coup for her and really highlight this issue, plus it is a "women's" issue of which she has none. I think the purpose of announcing the cancellations is that KP wants us to know that Kate did have engagements planned prior to her being pregnant. Since she has not been seen at anything since early August, they are desperate to counteract any negative press about her not working.

    Since I live in NYC, I would love for them to come to NY. It doesn't seem like this would be a great move, but we'll see if it pans out.

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    1. I think that's a GREAT idea, Melissa.

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    2. Victoria, Oregon10 October 2014 at 04:26

      I hope she does take on a role like that, Melissa.

      Would love to see them in the States, too. But the timing is wrong, I feel, since UK needs to see her before we do here across the pond.

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  23. Poor Kate! Home is best. Wishing her well soon.

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  24. Do we know if they're announcing cancelled engagements as a policy, or asking for input from the group in question? Although it seems like this latest announcement may not have originated at the palace, as they're said to have confirmed it , not announced it.

    -juniper

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  25. If Prince William is taking flying exams, it would suggest he is flying somewhere, in which case Catherine is far better with her Mum.. I expect the nanny is there too, but cannot work every hour, so George will be looked after too.
    The mistake seems to have been in assuming that HG would follow the same pattern in a second pregnancy as it did in the first. Can tell you from experience, it does not.
    I hope she is soon feeling better, but I hope she takes the time to ensure that she is well; after all these weeks, she must be feeling awful. Her health and the baby's is all that is important. Hopefully she will have many years for tiaras and the rest, just now she has to think of herself (and George too, of course), At his age, they cannot understand why Mummy isn't able to play'

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    1. Sarah from Calif.11 October 2014 at 01:57

      Hi Jean, So agree with you. Pregnancy is in anyway so unpredictable as, is giving birth. Such a miracle in every respect!!!!

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    2. Well said, Jean.

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  26. Greetings everyone,

    Wonderful post Charlotte! I have followed for some time just never posted. What if KP just released a letter from the DC wishing the charity she would have had a engagement with luck. Just as she did with The Art Room. (At least I believe it was the one she did that with.) It would be a tactful announcement that she's unable to attend yet not having to announce that she was supposed to be there but isn't. It would give the charity the PRESIDENT needed.

    Again lovely blog!

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  27. I am certainly glad she has a strong family to give her support. Mom, Dad, bro, sis. Dianna never had any support of her own. No wonder the girl crumbled under all the pressure. -- Kate has a loving family. Employees are nice but not the same as a loving family.

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    1. And what happened to her "loving husband". He has disappeared as what was said by some other people who have commented.

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    2. I don't think he'd actually be photographed if he's at the house helping her out, which is where everyone seems to feel he should be.

      -juniper

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    3. Anon - Why are you (and everyone else to whom you are referring) suggesting Will is not being a "loving husband". How do you know he is not there with her? A lot of posters are using anything they can to attack this couple. It is appalling that they would do this at this time when she is ill. I hope others do not do the same to you and the other naysayers if/when you are sick and suffering!

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    4. I think it is because he has not been seen either. That is doing engagements tec.

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    5. I actually don't understand why people think he has a) stopped being a "loving husband" - what exactly is the proof for these comments? And b)'that he hasn't been seen doing engagements?
      It must be the Prince William doppelgänger I have been seeing in the papers recently :-) vivid imaginations some people have! Simone

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    6. If he's out doing engagements, he's not with Kate! I am not getting the logic (lack of logic) here.

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    7. Simone, you're on a roll today and I am loving it! :))

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  28. Poor Catherine! I can't imagine being that sick. I hope this passes quickly and she's feeling "normal" soon! As for the tour expenses, I don't understand the accommodations/meals cost. Weren't they guests for the entire trip? Are those costs just estimates of what they would have or should have paid in hotel fees?

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    1. Hi anonymous at 22.41
      These are the total costs of the Australian leg of the tour not just expenditure by the Duke and Duchess so the figures also cover the costs (e.g. meals) for Government officials, security staff etc involved in the tour. The Cambridges stayed in paid accommodation in Alice Springs.

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  29. I don't see a problem with announcing cancelations of things that have already been arranged, but I do hope they have tried to find a replacement for each one she has missed so far; and if they plan more in the very near future they should arrange someone to step in in case she can't make it again. The people who organize royal visits put in a LOT of time and money. Malta was important, but so are individual visits, which I imagine it would be less challenging to find replacements for.

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  30. Sarah from Calif.10 October 2014 at 02:26

    Rest up Dear Kate! I truly believe that you would have loved to make all of the previous engagements but alas, an incredible work of art is being created within you so, enjoy the moment......it all goes by too quickly!
    William, you are being a fabulous supportive husband :)

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA12 October 2014 at 08:33

      Sarah, I couldn't agree more. I love your wording of an incredible work of art being created within Kate. SO true. As I have said, I pray she can find moments through the sickness to enjoy this time. April will be here before we know it and the world will be welcoming this precious gift.

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  31. i think it would be good for her to rest up with she called home where nobody bothering her i feel bad for her now she cannot unable to take care of george and not going to her public commitments she been painful for her not going

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  32. Charlotte, do you have any insight to what the $85,000 in media liasion expenses are? Would that be for accommodating a press corp and hiring someone to manage the task?

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    1. Hello!

      I enquired about this and was told it included photographic and other costs. I think you're correct about hiring someone to manage the task.

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    2. Charlotte these figures were released by the Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act. They cover both the costs of the April tour and the advance visit by KP staff & personal protection officers in Jan 2014. The statement from PM&C is here
      http://www.dpmc.gov.au/foi/ips/disclosure_logs/dpmc/docs/2014-15/foi-2014-140.pdf

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    3. 85K for a couple of months work? Where do I sign up? I can liaise and manage!

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    4. bluhare, don't forget the costs to develop the film! Oh, wait...

      I tease, but I actually get that those expenses were for to take and provide stock photos of both the run up to the visit (to share with press) and the actual event - in addition to someone managing the press corp - where they stay, helping arrange travel, getting them set up at events, communicating itinerary, etc. Basically, there was a temporary bump in the country's Communication's Office and that person(s) was going to need salary in addition to a phone, computer, etc.

      Here's a question I got to wondering about - what does Kate's team do when she is sick at her mothers? Wouldn't both the office and household staff (except nanny) sit idle? If Kate is going to maintain a light schedule - just what to those folks do all day? That's turning out to be a cushy job.

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  33. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I think it's a little odd that the Duchess is spending all this time with her parents and, at the age of 32, she still seems very dependent on them. Is it Royal protocol that they have to live in a royal residence? The Duke and Duchess are wealthy enough to buy their own home. Why not buy themselves a home that will make them feel comfortable and happy? Maybe something smaller so that they don't have to deal with staff issues? If security isn't a problem at the Middletons' home, it shouldn't be a problem wherever they choose to set up home. I'm her age, 32, and while I'm also close to my family, I can't imagine being so dependent on them.

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  34. It was reported yesterday that at the MCC Centenary banquet on Wed., it was announced that both the Duke and Duchess had been made honorary members of the MCC.
    Particularly interesting because though the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales are also honorary members, it has never before been given to female members of the Royal Family, though the Queen is Patron.
    Perhaps they were impressed by her batting skills whilst wearing high heels!

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    1. great comment Jean I'm still smiling!

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    2. Perhaps impressed with the batting skills and lawn aeration technique with those high heels!

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    3. Sarah from Calif.11 October 2014 at 01:59

      :)))))

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    4. Is this the right thread to say that I detest images of women doing sports in high heels? Because I really really hate it and it irks me that Kate does it.

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    5. jean I thought she looked fantastic and so happy doing it. What a trooper a girl after my own heart.

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    6. I agree Delores. I admire her for not thinking she's too good or grand to do it. And she's always makes it look so easy! I know I couldn't do it. :(

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    7. Kate, Texas, USA12 October 2014 at 08:25

      I LOVE your last comment Jean! Go Kate!

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  35. Hello everyone!

    William & Kate will meet the Singapore President on behalf of the Queen, It will depend on how Kate is feeling of course but sadly the couple are not expected to take part in the banquet!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 October 2014 at 17:01

      Too bad for us, but kind of good for her. Can you imagine dragging yourself up from your sickbed and getting glammed up, pressed into a dress, put on some extra head-ace inducing weight on your already dizzy head and then sit through a dinner (probably involving all kinds of smells) where any little mistake can have diplomatic consequences and you can probably not go use the bathroom whenever you want. Yes, a high class problem. But even so, a problem. I think that if her health allows it is better for her "just" to meet them in the daytime. :)

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    2. Charlotte, I just want to be sure I understand... W&K were not included in the banquet (regardless of how she feels)?

      If so, then I totally disagree with them not being included. European royals handle these types of events as a FAMILY. This would support my theory that a certain couple prefers to keep the focus on themselves.

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    3. Hello Royalfan!

      I asked a royal reporter earlier who was told there are no plans for William and Kate to attend the banquet. I have to say, I do believe it's time to include them in these events and it was very much expected they would this year.

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    4. Thank you, Charlotte. :) And I definitely agree that it's time to include them at these events. IMO, they should be "on the list" immediately after Charles and Camilla. (As much as it pains me to make part of that statement :)

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    5. Sarah from Calif.11 October 2014 at 02:02

      Personally I'm glad they can stay out of the limelight! For their sakes :)

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    6. It makes sense to me that you would not put someone in Kate's situation in a setting that was around food for four hours or so. That would be very stressful and it may have been recommended by her doctors that she not try to take that on. If it was any other event that didn't involve strong smells and eating, okay - but not something as a high profile as a state banquet where you are expected to sit, eat and make conversation and where getting up to run to the bathroom would be quite noticeable and frowned upon. I also think they want to be careful about the story becoming about Kate (invited, but no show) which would overshadow the point of the visit - which is honoring UK and Singapore relations and the feast is to honor the dignitaries. Will and Kate were still given a high profile task and one where she can bow out gracefully if she needs to. In my opinion, this was a smart way to go and if she can make it - is a good re-entry to public life.

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    7. Moxie, that's a good point about being around food and "other" issues... :) But if you recall, after they were married, W&K met the Obamas at BP but they didn't attend the state banquet. HG aside, I think they should be included in all of them. In comparison to European royal families, there almost seems to be an element of territorialism in BRF. And I don't think I need to expand on the issue of protecting one's turf........... :)))

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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis11 October 2014 at 21:12

      Maybe the royal family does not think they deserve to be at state banquets until they are willing to be full-time royals who work at least half as hard as the other senior royals? Or maybe William and Kate don't want to be included because they do not want to be full-time royals yet, and participating in state banquets could signify otherwise. It doesn't make sense that people both say that William and Kate shouldn't be compared to other European royals because William is 2nd in line to the throne (and thus doesn't need to dedicate his life to being a royal yet) , a position that is occupied by young children in most other monarchies, while also saying that other countries include more members of the royal family in their state banquets. If the point is that William and Kate should get to enjoy life before they become full-time working royals, then why should they be included in state banquets? They haven't done the work to deserve that.

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    9. It doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. It's not like they don't do any royal engagements and William's job is one that should be respected for the risk involved. To talk about them not deserving to be present at banquets, as members of the RF, sounds a bit like they're too young to join the adults at Thanksgiving dinner.

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    10. In my view, that IS what the royal family is for - entertaining and visiting with foreign dignitaries and showing off British wealth. The royal family work for the Foreign Office. Their patronages and domestic visits inside the country are secondary, and are all public relations minded. Perhaps the queen has a pattern about who does what and when that we are not aware of. Perhaps she would like Kate to first do a solo tour before she invites her to a state banquet. Had she not got pregnancy sickness - we might have seen both. Regardless, it just makes sense that you don't invite someone suffering from pregnancy sickness to a banquet.

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    11. I am not quite sure what your point is Maggie. Not being funny. If the British Public decides they are unhappy then I guess they can renounce Royalty?? Not quite sure how it would work or I guess put pressure on to not have any tax relief to Royal households? I am quite sure the people of the UK can figure out if they are getting their moneys worth from any of the people or projects they put their tax dollars into. Not sure any of our thoughts matter, and frankly the younger Royals may be more than happy to be let loose. Ali

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    12. Kate, Texas, USA12 October 2014 at 08:29

      Hoping for Kate's sake she feels well enough to attend the engagement. Disappointed they are not attending the banquet. Times like these I would love to be a fly on the wall in the offices of BP, SJP, and KP to know the inner scoop. :)

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    13. Moxie, your reasoning regarding the banquet does sound very reasonable. No argument. :) My comment (comparison with European royals) was a more general one based on the premise that they were not going to be included even if she wasn't suffering from HG.

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  36. Maggie - Minneapolis10 October 2014 at 15:17

    I agree that it is odd how much Kate relies on her parents, and I think it is indicative of a lack of caring and support from William. I am very close to my parents but can't imagine going home to be taken care of on such a regular basis unless my husband was not providing a caring, supportive environment in our own home. Good for them if William and Kate are happy with such an arrangement, but I don't know many men who would be happy sending their wife home to be taken care of by her parents instead of taking care of her themselves.

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    1. I don't find it odd at all. If I was throwing up all day and had a 1 year old to take care of, I would be at my mother's too-or she would be at our house. I could be taken care of and so could my baby. We don't know where William is, maybe he is really busy with his flying. Being with your parents seems perfectly logical to me.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.11 October 2014 at 02:06

      Don't find it odd at all that Kate is at her parents. Very enduring! She has a supportive hubby who is doing schooling, a toddler and being at home with family is BRILLIANT!

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    3. I agree with Kentucky and Sarah from Calif. I have a fantastic husband who was very glad I took our month old baby to my parents' home while he was busy with students and out-of-town field trips.

      I hope that Kate spends every moment she can with her parents. My mom passed away almost a year ago, and - even at age 57 - I would give a lot to be able to spend more time with her. .

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  37. Maggie - Minneapolis10 October 2014 at 15:28

    It's also a little frustrating that she's gone home after spending millions of pounds renovating not one, but two, very large residences. And yes, I know, technically not taxpayer's money used for renovations, except that the Duchy of Cornwall is funding it, and that money would be the government's if the royal family was ever abolished. And spending time at her parent's leads to much larger taxpayer-funded security expenses since royal residences have built-in security that her parents' home does not.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 October 2014 at 17:09

      Their parents home does have security measures. And a separate wing for Kate, William, George, nanny and security. So that point doesn't work. (Also, that is paid by her parents if that would be your next argument).

      The first part, I can see that it can sting in someones eye, I really do. But I myself have trouble getting to upset by that.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis10 October 2014 at 20:25

      I don't think her parents' home has the same security measures as what Kensington Palace has. The Cambridges most certainly require more security personnel every time they leave a royal residence because of a lack of built-in things (ex. panic room, bullet-proof windows, security dictating who can even get into the compound, etc.) that royal residences have. When they went to her parents' after George was born, they required things like a helicopter flying overhead and a police patrol around her parents' house. All of that is at taxpayer expense.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden11 October 2014 at 01:27

      You might be right.. But I'm pretty darn sure they have things like bulletproof windows etc since it's been told that they have taken alot of security measures to make sure William and Kate can stay there whenever they want.

      I see what you mean though Maggie, but the expenses in the whole is so incredibly small in a countries finance, that I think it isn't a matter that worth discussing.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis11 October 2014 at 02:49

      No matter how many security measures they take - they don't have the usual armed guards and other security that KP always has. Every palace has guards surrounding all of it, and have several levels of security an intruder must get through before ever getting to a specific apartment. None of that applies when at her parents', which is why the police patrol and constant helicopter presence were necessary after George's birth. It may seem like a small expense, but it adds up daily (especially when she seems to go to her parents' so often and for long periods of time), and is money that could be spent on other things that benefit unprivileged people, rather than a privileged couple who has two large homes to live in and has no need to go somewhere else.

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    5. Maggie,
      Your views are unique. Would love to hear a bit about you. I have many friends and family in your town and gosh you do not sound quite like them, are you a new transplant? Do you love the summers and winter

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    6. I am not asking this sarcastically, but I am beginning to wonder if it's only William and Kate who are not allowed to venture anywhere beyond royal real estate. Don't you (meant generally) think that other royals have traveled privately and stayed as guests in other people's homes? Were people up in arms about the security and cost? No...and most likely because we don't know it's happening, or we don't care. I think it's wonderful that they both have a close relationship with Kate's family.

      And while we're concerned with cost, I think the monarchy paid a much HIGHER price when the concept of family was not as high on the list. May we please allow W&K a chance to get it right in this generation?

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    7. Anonymous 8:28: Very interesting question coming from someone signed as "Anonymous".

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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis11 October 2014 at 21:06

      royalfan - other royals do more work - Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Harry, Sophie, Princess Anne, the Queen and Prince Phillip all vastly outdo Kate and William (especially Kate) in terms of engagements/work. And, many other royals don't cost the same in terms of security - i.e. Charles trying to narrow down the royal family has led to the York Princesses no longer having security details. So yeah, the other royals either earn their keep or don't need to because the taxpayers don't fund them in any way.

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    9. Maggie again how do you know so much about the security of the royal family?

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    10. Perhaps Maggie reads, Anonymous.

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    11. Maggie
      Security costs are linked to the security risks identified - clearly William and Kate are considered at a higher risk then others - which is hardly surprising considering the global interest in all that they do. Not too many HRH countess of Wessex blogs are there? The other Royals you mention, with the exception of Harry, are full time Royals and have all had their time with their families when they were younger. I personally don't grudge William and Kate this time and I find the "obsession" around their work schedule frustrating and just that - obsessive. As far as William not being supportive - it as easy for him to drive to Bucklebury as it is to KP, once you take into account the central London traffic. So I suspect that William would be at Cambridge in the day and back with Kate in the evenings after classes regardless of where she and George are staying - six and half a dozen in terms of travel time - I know as I've done it.. I read that she is back at KP now anyway so it's a moot point. Simone

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    12. Maggie is has not yet come out they are uncomfortable in their county house. The may like that house , time will tell. If not I am sure perhaps the third time will be the charm. Perhaps a home near her parents home.

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    13. Simone, if you find the "obsession" with their work schedules obsessive, blame it on their office. We're just commenting on what they are doing. And I dont' think I've seen anyone say anything about how Kate SHOULD be working, just why are they saying she will when she obviously is too unwell.

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    14. Simone, I so agree with you. And since it is easy for William to travel to Bucklebury, has anyone considered that this "inconsiderate" husband (LOL) may actually have peace of mind knowing that Kate is with her family during the day if/when he cannot be there?

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    15. PS......maybe it's me :)) , but isn't it possible to enjoy a visit with family without it equating to you feeling uncomfortable in your own home?? Some of this speculation amazes me.

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    16. Now there's a good use of people's money, Anonymous. If they don't like that house, give them another one. Eventually they'll find one they like!

      PS Anmer Hall is supposedly not too far from Kate's parents home.

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  38. Charlotte thank you for the update. So happy Kate has not had to go into the hospital but sorry even with prior knowledge of the HG that she feels so rotten. Glad she able to spend some time with her family and how fun for George. The report was pretty vague so who knows exactly where she and William are spending their time, maybe going between the country home, KP and family. Would help to relieve the boredom in between the bathroom trips if she is able to move locations a bit. Ali

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  39. Now theres a rumor she may not go to Sandringham for Christmas

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    1. And why not? They split their Christmas with her family. So this year is the year they spend with her family. Then join the royals for Boxing Day right after Christmas.

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    2. I agree Anon 23:30. I believe they will continue to include both sides of the family in their holiday plans. And Anmer Hall would be ideal for doing exactly that, as a friend of mine suggested.

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    3. She lives across the street at Anmer Hall... that would be odd if they didn't participate in the tradition of Sandringham. I always assumed the point of Anmer Hall was so her family could be nearby and they wouldn't have to travel during the holidays. Not sure I believe this rumor.

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    4. anon from Leominster12 October 2014 at 06:44

      Because she isn't Kate Middleton anymore (as we're often reminded.) She's the Duchess of Cambridge and she should be with the royal family at traditional royal events which includes Christmas. That's what she signed up for. (With plenty of time to think about it.)

      This isn't a normal family situation - the minute it becomes one, there is no point in having a royal family. The Middletons are always going to be number 2 -- that is always the way with royal in-laws because down the road it will be very important to be clear that William isn't looking to the Middletons for guidence or advice as he nears the throne. This distancing applies whether a member of the BRF marries from another royal house, a member of the aristocracy or a commoner.

      That being said, there is nothing to stop William and Kate from inviting the Middletons from spending Christmas at Anmer Hall.

      I also doubt those rumours will prove true, unless Kate is still ill.

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    5. William and Kate made it clear in their engagement interview that she is very, very close to her family and the Middleton's had been supportive of both of them over the years, and that it would continue. Naturally, royal tradition will take precedence at times, but I don't see in-laws being treated as number two the way it was in Diana's lifetime. Sophie's father lives with them and we see him accompany her and Edward from time to time. Camilla moved her father into CH, prior to her second marriage. The Middleton's were included at William's graduation ceremony, they vacationed with W&K, they were invited to Balmoral and Windsor Castle before the wedding, and just look at the difference when George was born. Mike and Carole saw the baby before Charles. And after one night in a royal residence and a visit from the Queen, W&K were off to Bucklebury with their baby. Significant changes for sure.

      Yes, Moxie. Anmer *is* an ideal solution for Christmas for exactly that reason.

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  40. I just wish people would leave this poor girl alone. Her focus in life right now is to produce the next generation of the royal family, and she's doing a great job of it. Granted, I am not British, but I don't understand the obsession with "Kate's royal engagements" and Kate's royal duties". She has lifetime ahead of her to do all that stuff. From what I can tell, "royal duties" consist of visiting various venues, shaking hands, and walking around so the citizens can gawk, accompanied by holding flowers and the occasional child on your lap. I realize many worth charities benefit, but there are plenty of other royals to do these duties right now, William included.

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    1. OK, for argument sake, if she didn't have to do any of that, why does she have office staff?

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    2. I think it has to do with character and work ethic being developed in the twenties and thirties. Kate and Will will soon be middle aged and if no ethic develops then I would not assume duty will be given priority in their later years

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  41. Not sure my comment posted so I appologize if this is double posted.

    Has no one noticed that over the last two months she only had 16 engagements planned, 10 of which should have happened during the trip to Malta? Taking her illness out of the picture (I do NOT begrudge her taking as much time as needed to focus on her health and the baby) but that means she only had 6 engagements planned over a 2 month period! That is less than 1 per week! No wonder people are questioning her commitment, Kate can't even be bothered to work more than 2 hours every 10 days or so (and yes, I know people will not like that remark). I admire Kate's poise and style but I'm starting to wonder how TRHs can claim to be earning their keep.

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    1. I noticed. But I don't admire Kate's style - I don't find her clothing very interesting. There was one dark blue outfit that I liked... and a frumpy weird orange coat she wore that I could see myself frumping around in. But I don't think I could stand the time and effort it takes to do her hair and work out all the time to be thin. I've been admiring the plumper royals lately. People who look like they enjoy a bit of cheese and cake now and again.

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  42. Maggie - Minneapolis10 October 2014 at 23:05

    The debate about the Cambridges' PR choices is intriguing. It seems that they're announcing every cancellation in order to counter negative press about her work ethic by showing that work was planned. Unfortunately, this is detrimental to the organizations involved – with a planned-in-advance appearance, they have to expend valuable resources preparing. And I don’t understand how they can cancel an appearance that isn't until next Monday, but then plan for her to do the Singapore visit. How can they know that she will be sick at one point in the future but then not at another? And if they are planning appearances because she legitimately wants to go, then why not wait until later to cancel, or not plan and just have her show up? I also don't think it puts more pressure on Kate to announce every cancellation because it depicts a hard-working princess sidelined by a horrible illness. I also can't imagine their PR office doing something that makes it harder on her, given that they work for her. This is clearly just a way to improve the image of Kate.
    Don't get me wrong, I understand why Kate isn’t working now. I just feel like the negative press is because of her constant lack of work. Kate dated William for over a decade and lived with him, so she doesn’t need the adjustment that Diana deserved. And if the plan was to get pregnant - why take the August vacation, especially after a VERY light winter/summer, instead of increasing work for a bit? And it bothers the public that they missed the Paralympics closing ceremony for a 3rd vacation in 6 months and lied and went to Malta without George after using maternity leave to justify a break. Or refusing to recognize that staying at her parents’ every time she’s sick or has given birth costs the taxpayers a LOT? I'm not saying she should never visit her parents, but it is cheaper for them to come see her/she sees them a lot. Her parents don't have the built-in security of royal residences (security of who can get in, bullet-proof windows, panic room, etc), which means their security detail has to be raised. After George's birth, there was a constant police patrol and a helicopter flying overhead. I would also not be surprised if they have to pay their protection officers more when they leave because the officers have to be away from their own homes. All of this costs the public a lot of money, and seems silly after spending tons of money renovating two large homes. Also, why renovate Kensington Palace if the plan was to live in Amner Hall? Kate lived in London for a long time and without the protection that she has now, so she has always known of the pap presence there. People say the renovations aren’t taxpayer funded but Prince Charles and the Queen helped, and the Duchy of Cornwall and the Queen's fund are not private property, and would go to the government if royalty was ended. So, it's not actually “laziness” during HG that people are backlashing to, because most people realize that she cannot possibly do engagements while seriously ill. It's just her entire history. And, the only real justification at this point for royalty is tourism, which means that they are being paid to be public. Don’t take the money if you don’t want that.
    That all being said, I hope Kate starts feeling better soon, and I hope that her response to public pressure is not to go back to work before it is safe. I think that the PR office has recognized the negative press, and that is why they continually promise a large increase in appearances that is always disproven. And now, they are announcing cancellations in order to show that the Duchess had work planned. But I hope that this also leads to a reevaluation of her overall approach. If she increased her work in normal times, she wouldn’t be facing so much backlash at a time when she does actually deserve the public’s sympathy.

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    1. Maggie Why do you and others keep harping on the issue of Kate working. This issue has been beaten like a dead horse many times over. Even Charlotte about a year and a half ago has asked that this subject not to be discussed again. But people continue to do so and it is getting very old.
      We do not the working of the royals and who makes up their calendars and so forth. So why don't you all just let this "OLD" issue die. And pray that Catherine and her unborn child recover from this illness. And hopefully she will get back to doing what she does best, represent the royal family.

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    2. Apparently the times they are a changin', Pauline.

      Tell you what, I promise not to mention Kate's work habits, if you promise not to mention William.

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    3. anon from Leominster12 October 2014 at 06:46

      Respect your position, Pauline but representing the royal family is what we WANT her to do. A bit more often than she has been recently, once she is well.

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    4. I agree. She does a great job representing the royal family in everything she does. But year after year, she takes vacations because she's overwhelmed, and then she was pregnant and sick, and then she was focused on George, and then she was pregnant and sick again, and next she'll focus on two children, which will likely lead to being overwhelmed and needing more vacation time. I love kate so don't get me wrong, But I feel like, if she gives more to her duties in between these hectic times, then people wouldn't give a whoop when she really deserves private time to feel better. And I think the press knows the public is getting agitated so they continue to say her duties will increase, in hopes the public will continue to wait patiently.

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  43. well i wish she recovers from the hg they are so many backlash from her work i hope she recover im hoping to see her oct 21

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  44. So happy Kate was able to spend some time at home with her family. I a so sure George loved being with his Grandparents. My children were so lucky to have Grandparents near by whom they could visit regularly and who I their daughter in law could call on to help when ill. Prince William and Duchess Catherine are really doing a lovely job in all their roles and trying stay true to themselves and raise a family. So hard for any of us. Ali

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  45. "And, the only real justification at this point for royalty is tourism, which means that they are being paid to be public. Don’t take the money if you don’t want that."
    Good grief! Are you serious Maggie? I get that you're upset with Kate and felt the need to download (although I disagree with your perspective) but I'm not sure it's entirely fair to write off the whole British Royal Family as a side show / tourist attraction :-) Clearly Minneappolis is a long way from London ...... Simone

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis11 October 2014 at 15:46

      Yes I am serious. Royals use a TON of British money and the justification most commonly used is that they generate net more in tourism (which is silly imo b/c France has no royalty and gets more visitors to its palaces). Yes, they support charities, but the money dedicated towards security, renovating palaces, taxpayer funding of various royals, etc, would all end up being worth more if just donated to those charities, etc.. It's a family full of people who have done nothing to earn their positions except be lucky enough to be born into privilege. Don't get me wrong, the Queen works very hard, even in her old age. But she is also surrounded by servants who take care of all her needs and it would be naive to think that she lives in anything but a life of luxury. There is obvious symbolic/historical value in the royal family, but all of that could be captured by Britain in the form of tourism to palaces (i.e. France) without having the royal family receiving benefits. I'm not arguing that royalty in England should be ended. I'm arguing that there is absolutely no justification for royalty that is not based in them being public faces, especially in terms of justifying it MONETARILY. So if William and Kate are not willing to be public faces, then they should give up the privileges that are really just very, very large salaries. I don't think this is at all a ridiculous thing to say. Like I said - royalty has a lot of symbolic and historical value. But in this day and age, we don't need the royal family to be continued in order to enjoy those benefits.

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    2. William and Catherine get no public money---no salary.
      I should hope you are not calling for the end of the British Monarchy. You have no right to do so---any more that I would expect to have a vote for your president..

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    3. You're right, Jean. They don't get public money. But they do live in public housing.

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    4. Yup! You kind of answered it for me in your last comment "But in this day and age, we don't need the royal family to be continued in order to enjoy those benefits."
      "We" ?! well love there's no "we" about it, it's an issue for the British people and at at the very outside edge the commonwealth countries. All the rest is opinion and yes I do think you're being "ridiculous"!
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    5. anon from Leominster12 October 2014 at 06:51

      They may not get a salary but they get public money - a lot of it, with security and home improvements for their flat in Kensington Palace. (I understand decoration was private but repairs were not.) The rest of their funding they get from Charles and the Duchy of Cornwall which is quasi - public and taxed accordingly. Expenses for their public duties such as Kate's wardrobe are disclosed. And the couple are living or at least retaining, a rent free flat in a royal palace. Not insignificant.

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    6. I like to think the British people can safely be left to decide for themselves whether the cost of the monarchy is worthwhile for them.

      -juniper

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  46. If Kate is spending some time with her parents, I'm happy that she is able to do that. There is nothing more comforting than being with your mother during stressful times like this. I believe they have a very close relationship.

    There is some confusion regarding the Singapore visit. Kate is not traveling. The latest report is that she is participating in a reception at the palace welcoming the president of Singapore. Those plans could change depending on her condition.

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  47. I was a stay at home mom during my pregnancies. In other words, I did not work AT ALL outside of my home. If that's acceptable for a middle-class mom from Texas, why is it unacceptable for a woman in England?

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  48. anon from Leominster12 October 2014 at 16:35

    I don't think it's unacceptable but most women can't do so even if they wanted to, because they have to work to support their familes and can't take that much time off their jobs. (This includes most middle class women I know.) The royal family does try to be in tune with their subjects. (In spirit, not lifestyle.)

    If Kate had been working a fairly full schedule before she was pregnant, fell ill during her pregnancy and said she was going to take her whole pregnancy off, it would be fine. But since she has done so little of late, there is a hope she will put in a few appearances once she is well enough to do so. (Especially if she wants to go to Mustique.)

    If this is similar to her last pregnancy, she might do about fifteen engagements throughout her pregnancy.

    (I counted eighteen last time from her appearance at the sports awards in December to the Trooping of the Colourin June. Dedicating the cruise ship was her last engagement. This covers six months so averages about three engagments a month, although they weren't grouped that way. About half of those were solo engagements. However Kate has been working much less this year so I would expect far fewer appearances.)

    So Kate's not going to be working full time by any means. If she followed her pattern last time, twenty-seven days out of the month would be her own.

    Being royal is considered a job and almost all royal ladies work to some extent during their pregnancies from the queen who took on a gruelling tour of Canada when pregnant with Andrew to the Charlene who is expecting twins and was just in New York and California. So for Kate not to work at all would be considered unusual.

    Assuming Kate recovers, there might be appearances in November and early December. Christmas is generally a free time and last year Kate didn't work in January. (The queen often takes January off as well as August and September but she works almost full time the rest of the time.) Kate took over a month off before George's birth, so it seems likely she may quit sometime in March if she is really due in April. The Irish Guards is a possibility for her last engagement. What remains to be seen is if she will return to engagments in June, usually the busiest royal month. Somehow, New York seems unlikely to me, (as well as unwise) but who knows.

    I do wish the press office would handle things a bit better. We are getting headlines that she is on the road to recovery (becuase they announced the Malaysian) to ones that she is seriously ill on the same day! Simply wording their statements differently to reflect the state of her present health might make the whole thing less confusing.

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