PRINCESS CHARLOTTE had a huge impact on Kate Middleton’s work life as a senior royal before she had even been born, as the Duchess of Cambridge ended up with acute morning sickness, according to an archived report.
Charlotte turned five earlier this month and celebrated her special day along with her parents, Prince William and Kate, in their Norfolk residence of Anmer Hall. As the couple’s second child and only daughter, she is often reported to be Kate’s favourite. However, Kate had a particularly trying pregnancy with Charlotte back in 2014.
Writing for the Telegraph, Hannah Furness explained back in 2014: “The Duchess of Cambridge will not travel to Malta this weekend for her first official solo overseas visit because she is still suffering the effects of acute morning sickness.
“The Duchess, who is pregnant with her second child, has been suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, and has cancelled the visit due to ill health.”
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh spent the first two years of their married lives in Malta, when Prince Philip was serving as a naval officer.
The significance of Kate’s planned trip to the island was not lost on royal commentators, especially as the Queen has previously listed her time there as among the happiest periods of her life.
Princess Charlotte and Kate Middleton (Image: Getty)
Princess Charlotte news: Kate’s pregnancy with Charlotte in 2014 and 2015 led her to cancel some royal engagements (Image: Getty)
Furthermore, that Kate was going overseas without William evidently shows she is – in the eyes of Buckingham Palace – capable of representing the Firm independently.
However, doctors advised her not to travel when pregnant and suffering from morning sickness, as the journey could include excessive vomiting and dehydration.
Discussing Kate’s second pregnancy, William had told members of the public a few weeks before her trip was cancelled that the Duchess of Cambridge had been going through a “tricky” time.
Yet, he added: “We’re just basically thrilled, it’s great news.
“[It’s] early days, we’re hoping things just settle down and she feels a bit better.”
Kate gave birth to Charlotte in May 2015 — she recently turned five years old (Image: Getty)
Still, the Maltese people were allegedly devastated to hear that Kate would not be visiting.
The Daily Mail reported that Malta had gone “Kate-crazy” in preparation for her visit, when she was going to mark its Golden Jubilee after the country gained its independence in September 1964.
William went in Kate’s place and expressed her sadness at not being able to visit the country.
This is not the first time Kate was forced to cancel royal engagements for her children.
The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) lived with Prince Philip in Malta from 1949 to 1951 (Image: Getty)
Prince William news: The Duke of Cambridge took Kate’s place in Malta (Image: Getty)
She suffered with acute morning sickness throughout all three of her pregnancies, and was forced to make a public announcement before the three-month milestone, due to the accompanying illness.
The Duchess of Cambridge also cancelled an official appearance back in November apparently “due to the children”.
She was expected to make an appearance at the Tusk Conservation Awards but had to withdraw on the day.
It is believed that the issue was not health-related, but there was no comment on the children’s welfare from the Palace.
Kate suffered from morning sickness throughout all three of her pregnancies (Image: Getty)
Love for the Royal Family continues in Malta, as Nick Squires revealed in The Telegraph last October.
He explained that the Maltese government also had plans to turn the Queen’s former home on the island into a tourist attraction.
The journalist said that “it is the only residence outside Britain that the Queen has called home”.
He continued: “An elegant villa in Malta that was once home to the Queen and Prince Philip will be restored to its former glory and turned into a museum after being bought by the Maltese government.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK