The Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy sickness means she has cancelled an appearance at tomorrow's UK premiere of The Hobbit. Kate is suffering from the condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum which leaves expectant mothers with constant nausea and regular vomiting.
St James's Palace said:
"The Duchess of Cambridge will not attend The Hobbit premiere tomorrow evening and will continue to rest privately. The Duke of Cambridge will attend as planned."
The spokeswoman for Pregnancy Sickness Support welcomed William's decision to cancel a public appearance in order to support Kate.
She said the the Duchess's condition is so fraught that the journey home from hospital to Kensington Palace could have triggered more bouts of nausea and sickness.
– CHARITY TRUSTEE CAITLIN DEAN
Even a car journey could have set off that downward spiral and by the time you get home you're on the way to being dehydrated.
Having support from her partner makes the whole thing more bearable.
A spokeswoman for Pregnancy Sickness Support, a charity which helps women with Kate's condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, said the Duchess would be experiencing constant nausea with regular vomiting ahead of Wednesday's Hobbit screening.
– Charity trustee Caitlin Dean
I would be amazed if she's able to go to the premiere. When she's more like 14-plus weeks possibly she will have days when she can do that.
The sickness is constant and ongoing, it's just a matter of keeping on top of it. She might have days that are a bit better than other days but realistically you don't have days when you're actually well.
The Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy sickness will almost certainly force her to miss Wednesday's UK premiere of The Hobbit, a health charity has said.
Kate and William are guests of honour at the screening of the latest blockbuster from director Peter Jackson, who brought the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the big screen.
St James's Palace has said a decision on whether Kate would attend the Odeon at Leicester Square would be made nearer the time.
The Duke of Cambridge has pulled out of attending the British Military Tournament tonight so he can spend time with the Duchess as she recuperates after receiving treatment in hospital for a severe form of morning sickness.
The royal couple had both been due to attend tonight's event, billed as "the largest display of military theatre in the world", but all of Kate's forthcoming public engagements were cancelled after she spent three nights at the King Edward VII's Hospital suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.
– St James's Palace spokesman
The Duke of Cambridge will no longer attend the British Military Tournament at Earl's Court this evening, but will spend Sunday privately with the Duchess instead.
It is well known that hyperemesis gravidarum often recurs and, until further notice, to allow the Duchess a degree of privacy during her pregnancy, we do not intend to offer regular condition checks or advise of routine developments associated with it.
The Duke of Cambridge will not attend the British Military Tournament tonight and will instead spend the evening with the Duchess, according to reports.
Prince William attended his first official public engagement since news of his wife's pregnancy broke and joked that the name of her illness should be changed.
Former Centrepoint chairman Michael O'Higgins said of the Prince: "He said they shouldn't call it morning sickness as it's a day and all night sickness."
The Prince of Wales has said he is "thrilled" by the prospect of becoming a grandfather, after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced this week they were expecting their first child.
Prince Charles also joked: "How do you know I'm not on a radio station?", after presenters of an Australian radio show prank called their way into a conversation with Kate's hospital nurse this week.
When Prince Charles first spoke to reporters he joked: "How do you know I'm not on a radio station?"
He also said how pleased he was that the Duchess of Cambridge's condition was improving, hours after she was released from the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.
He said: "I'm very glad my daughter-in-law is getting better, thank goodness."