Pregnant Kate Middleton feeling "so so" as William visits Malta in her place

Published Monday, Sep 22 2014, 09:46 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Prince William has revealed his pregnant wife Kate Middleton is feeling "so so" as she continues to battle extreme sickness.

The Duchess of Cambridge had been due to travel to Malta at the weekend for her first solo overseas tour but her sickness meant she was forced to cancel, with husband William stepping in at the last minute to replace her.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on a walkabout during an official visit to Malta on September 20, 2014 in Valletta, Malta. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

© Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

William joked that wife Kate was more popular than him... but he still pulled in the crowds in Valetta!

While on the island, he was inundated with well wishes for his pregnant wife, who is suffering once again from hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes acute sickness in pregnancy.

He told one bystander that Kate is feeling "so so".

William also told another: "Fingers crossed she'll be better soon."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets well wishers during a walkabout during an official visit to Malta on September 20, 2014 in Valletta, Malta. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

© John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate, 32, suffered with the same severe sickness while pregnant with Prince George, now one. During that pregnancy she was hospitalised for three days in the early stages.

This time around, the royal is being treated at Kensington Palace by doctors, with a source telling People that she is able to move around but needs to rest frequently.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on a state visit to Malta for the Independence Day 50th anniversary celebrations, 21 September 2014

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During a speech in Malta this weekend, her husband joked how sorry he was that Malta had to get him and not his wife.

"I'm sorry you've got me instead of Catherine," he said. "Catherine has asked me to say how very sorry she is that she couldn't be the one to pass on the Queen's greeting to you all."

The trip to Malta was to celebrate the country's 50th anniversary of independence.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Blessed Sacrament School to see the progress of M-PACT Plus.
North London - 1 July.

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It's just the latest engagement Kate has been forced to cancel on doctor's orders. She also pulled out of attending an event in Oxford – on the day her pregnancy was announced – and appearances at the Invictus Games, organised by her brother-in-law Prince Harry.

Kate may still visit Malta in the future. The country's President Marie Louise Colceiro Preca issued an invite for William, Kate and their baby son to return in the future – although William joked that might not be a good idea!

"Malta might not survive George," he said. "There are too many precious things around here!"

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