Pregnant Kate Middleton pulls out of Invictus Games opening night

Published Wednesday, Sep 10 2014, 11:39 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Pregnant Kate Middleton has pulled out of attending tonight's Invictus Games opening ceremony as she continues to battle severe morning sickness.

The Duchess of Cambridge has once again been diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, the same sickness that led to her hospitalisation in the early stages of her pregnancy with first child, Prince George.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the ceramic poppy field of remembrance at Tower of London on August 5, 2014 in London, England.


Kate pictured at her last public engagement in August.

In a statement, Kensington Palace said that the Duchess, 32, would no longer be able to attend this evening's event, which was organised by brother-in-law Prince Harry, and hinted that she may still pull out of a planned visit to Malta later this month.

Kate had been scheduled to undertake her first solo overseas tour to Malta between September 20 and 21 but her severe sickness could see it cancelled.

A statement said: "The Duchess of Cambridge will not attend the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games this evening or the athletics event tomorrow.

"The Duchess's attendance on the forthcoming visit to Malta will be kept under review and a decision taken closer to the time."

Kate's pregnancy was announced on Monday morning, along with the news that she is being treated once more for hyperemesis gravidarum.

Prince George meets a bilby in Australia, 20 April 2014

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Prince William and Kate are parents to son George, one.

Unlike last time, however, she is being treated by doctors at home at Kensington Palace. The unwell royal already pulled out of a planned appearance in Oxford alongside husband Prince William earlier this week.

William, 32, travelled to Oxford University alone to open the new China learning centre, and told reporters he was eager to get home to look after Kate.

"She's feeling okay, thanks. It's been a tricky few days, week or so, but we're immensely thrilled. It's great news. Early days," said William. "Hopefully things settle down and she feels a bit better."

Kate and William welcomed their first son, Prince George, third in line to the throne, in July 2011.

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