Off to school!

Sad Kate’s tears for her son

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It was an historic royal event and a pre­cious fam­ily mile­stone as the fu­ture king, Prince Ge­orge, started his first day at school.

The newly preg­nant Duchess of Cam­bridge, also mum to Princess Char­lotte, two, was de­ter­mined to be there as her lit­tle man

walked through the gates of Thomas’s Bat­tersea, de­spite her acute morn­ing sick­ness. Alas, it was not to be.

Al­though Kate had spent the pre­vi­ous few days in bed, can­celling two of­fi­cial en­gage­ments and do­ing her best to ward off the worst of the hy­per­eme­sis gravi­darum that also blighted her first two preg­nan­cies, on the morn­ing of her four-year-old boy’s big day, the teary royal re­alised she was sim­ply too un­well for the tra­di­tional first school run.

A Kens­ing­ton Palace in­sider tells Woman’s Day, “Kate was very poorly and was curs­ing her luck that it should hap­pen just when she wanted to be there for Ge­orge. It was such a land­mark mo­ment in his life that she didn’t want to miss it for the world, but at the last minute, Kate re­alised there was no way she was going to make the trip across town.

“In the days be­fore­hand, Ge­orge and Char­lotte had been re­ally sweet, play­ing nurse by get­ting their mum drinks and looking af­ter her as best they could. They even put a ther­mome­ter in her mouth and helped to take her tem­per­a­ture.”

Snapde­ci­sion

On the wee prince’s first day of school, on Septem­ber 7, Kate – also be­ing looked af­ter by her mum Ca­role Mid­dle­ton – man­aged to get out of bed for a few fam­ily pho­tos, al­though due to her crip­pling nau­sea, it was de­cided just proud dad Prince Wil­liam and his ex­cited son would fea­ture in the of­fi­cial por­trait.

There were tears in her eyes as the ex­hausted and emo­tional duchess, 35, waved her boys off for the 6km drive to the pri­vate school, which costs $33,000 per year and

in­cludes among its elite alumni Cara Delev­ingne and rock chick Florence Welch.

Upon ar­rival in the fam­ily Range Rover, the lit­tle prince – who’ll be known as Ge­orge Cam­bridge in class – ap­peared ner­vous as he shook hands with the Head of Lower School, He­len Haslem, who led him by the hand into the build­ing.

Later, a re­lieved Wil­liam, 35, re­vealed his son and heir had had a “good day” at Thomas’s Bat­tersea, which has its own ski chalet in Aus­tria, a can­teen that serves only or­ganic food and com­pul­sory bal­let classes for all stu­dents. He added, “It went well. There was one other par­ent who had more of an is­sue with their chil­dren, so I was quite pleased I wasn’t the one. It was re­ally nice, ac­tu­ally. It’s a nice school.”

Al­though Kate missed the first drop-off, our in­sider re­veals the duchess is also de­lighted. “It’s a mo­men­tous time in her life right now and she feels more ma­ter­nal than ever. She can’t quite get to grips with the idea that her old­est baby has started school, she’s got her beau­ti­ful daugh­ter at home and now she has an­other on the way. It’s all so over­whelm­ing.”

The day af­ter we re­vealed the news on our cover, on Septem­ber 4, Kens­ing­ton Palace con­firmed Kate was ex­pect­ing her third child. The press re­lease stated, “The Queen and mem­bers of both fam­i­lies are de­lighted.”

Back in late July, on a tour of Poland, Kate had hinted at her con­di­tion, telling a fan who handed her a cud­dly toy, “We will just have to have more ba­bies!” Woman’sDay re­ported “an an­nounce­ment could be any day – it’s a mat­ter of ‘watch this space’”.

Rushe­dre­veal

In late Au­gust, we re­vealed that Kate had been rushed to King Ed­ward VII’s Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don, where she’d spent time while preg­nant with Ge­orge, but on Au­gust 30, the duchess was well enough to visit a gar­den planted in mem­ory of Princess Diana, be­fore the acute morn­ing sick­ness re­ally kicked in and an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment had to be made.

“They thought it was best to be hon­est about the sit­u­a­tion,” re­ports a royal source. “Kate suf­fers ter­ri­bly in these early weeks, but she has a great med­i­cal team and a fan­tas­tic sup­port sys­tem. Ev­ery­one is ec­static for them.”

It’s thought Kate is not quite at the 12-week mark and the lit­tle bun­dle of joy, who will be fifth in line to the throne, is due in April. Shortly af­ter his wife’s preg­nancy was con­firmed, Wil­liam apol­o­gised

for her ab­sence at an of­fi­cial en­gage­ment, say­ing, “She’s got a good ex­cuse!”

He added, “It’s very good news, but we need Cather­ine to get over this first bit and then we can start cel­e­brat­ing. It’s al­ways a bit anx­ious to start with, but she’s well.” Wil­liam also con­fessed, “There’s not much sleep going on at the mo­ment.”

Mean­while, a source close to the duchess tells us, “Kate’s thrilled to be ex­pect­ing baby num­ber three as she al­ways said she wanted three kid­dies. She loved grow­ing up as one of a trio. It was very much planned and the tim­ing is per­fect – she didn’t want to be sick at her sis­ter’s wed­ding!

“Kate’s ex­cited, but she’s also ner­vous be­cause this is a high-risk preg­nancy. She’s 35 and the morn­ing sick­ness means there could be com­pli­ca­tions, so she’s be­ing mon­i­tored very closely by her doc­tors. It’s also tough for the kids, who don’t al­ways un­der­stand that Mummy isn’t well enough to play.

“Kate’s try­ing her best not to worry and is fo­cus­ing on get­ting to the 12-week point. She’s told friends she al­ready knows what sex the baby will be due to some early blood tests, but she’s keep­ing it quiet be­cause she doesn’t want any­one to blab. How­ever, it does mean she can work on short­list­ing baby names.”

At the mo­ment, Bri­tish book­ies have Alice and Arthur as odds-on favourites for names, while fam­ily in­sid­ers are al­ready spec­u­lat­ing that this third child is unlikely to be Kate’s last.

Her un­cle Gary Gold­smith says, “She’s a natural mother. I won­der if she’ll stop at three. I doubt it – they are hav­ing such fun with the ba­bies.” And for­mer royal but­ler Paul Bur­rell in­sists, “Wil­liam has al­ways said as a child that he wished he was part of a larger fam­ily. He’s made no se­cret of want­ing more chil­dren, so ex­pect four or pos­si­bly five!”

How­ever, as they pre­pare for the ar­rival of baby num­ber three, the fam­ily is fo­cused on Ge­orge’s first days at school and, of course, his mum’s health. Our palace in­sider tells, “Kate and Wil­liam are in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to be adding to their brood. They can’t wait to in­tro­duce their new prince or princess to the world.”

Shake on it: With dad Wills’ en­cour­age­ment, Ge­orge ac­cepts a re­as­sur­ing greet­ing from Head of Lower School He­len be­fore mov­ing in­side.

The dot­ing prince has re­port­ed­ly­port­edly called in a nu­tri­tion­ist to helpp with Kate’s morn­ingn­ing sick­ness. Healthythy cit­rus and pep­per­minter­mint drinks, plainain wafers, crack­ersers and broths rich in pro­tein are all on the menu.

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