Kate Middleton pregnancy: Duchess of Cambridge leaves hospital

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the King Edward VII hospital in London. Picture: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the King Edward VII hospital in London. Picture: PA

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The Duchess of Cambridge left hospital yesterday, saying she was feeling “much better” after three days of treatment for

severe morning sickness.

Kate emerged from the central London private hospital that has been providing expert care, looking relaxed and with

William by her side.

The duchess was admitted on Monday after developing a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which leaves expectant mothers so ill they cannot keep food or liquids down.

But she looked well and even smiled briefly as she posed with the duke on the steps of the King Edward VII Hospital for the world’s media.

When a member of the press asked how she was feeling, the duchess, wrapped up against the cold in a coat and scarf, and carrying a bouquet of yellow flowers, replied: “Much better.”

Yesterday, the Prince of Wales said he was “thrilled” that the duchess was pregnant, adding: “It’s a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age.”

Kate, who is less than 12 weeks pregnant, will now have a period of rest at her home at Kensington Palace.

The duchess’s attendance at two royal engagements this weekend – a fund-raiser at the Royal Albert Hall and the British Military Tournament – has already been cancelled.

It is likely her public diary will be tailored to how she is coping with an illness that causes prolonged bouts of vomiting triggered by smells and even movement.

A spokeswoman for Pregnancy Sickness Support, a charity that helps women with Kate’s condition, said rest would be important for the duchess. The duke’s support was also crucial.

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