Exclusive royal baby report: Inside Kate's health battle

By Carli Whitwell

It appears the Duchess of Cambridge is on the mend from severe morning sickness.

She’s gearing up to join her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, in welcoming the President of Singapore Tony Tan and his wife, Mary, at the start of their state visit on Oct. 21.

If all goes as planned, this will be Kate’s first public appearance since announcing her second pregnancy. It’s a spectacular occasion, to be sure, but even more poignant because it will give the world an opportunity to celebrate with the expectant mother, who hasn’t been seen in public since early August, a month before announcing her pregnancy on Sept. 8.

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Kate, who is thought to be nearing the 12-week point of her pregnancy, has been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a type of severe morning sickness. She had the same condition while pregnant with Prince George, now 15 months, and this bout is said to be just as intense, according to insiders. A medical team has reportedly been on standby at the private King Edward VII Hospital.

No one has been more disappointed to miss so many outings as Kate herself has been. “If Kate could have been there, she would have been there,” a royal source told Hello! after the duchess had to skip the opening of a new arts educational facility. “She really was very sorry that she could not attend. It is highly frustrating – and nobody is more frustrated than Kate.”

For the most part, Kate has been lying low in Bucklebury where her mother, Carole Middleton, and of course, William, have been key supports.

For more on Kate’s condition, read our exclusive royal report in the new issue of Hello! Canada – on newsstands Oct. 16!

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