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Kate Cancels America's Cup Engagement and Rests in Bucklebury

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Unfortunately, we have some updates on the lovely Kate. I say unfortunately, only because the news is not positive. As I hypothesized on Monday, Kate had more stealth engagements waiting to be cancelled or completed based on her health.It was announced today that Kate would not be making an event she had on her calendar for this Monday with Sir Ben Aisnlie and America's Cup in Porthsmouth. (pictured below with Sir Ben Ainslie in Greenwich, post from that event here)



More disappointing than the fact that the Duchess cannot make this event is that she obviously remains quite unwell. The hope had been that she was in the final stages and might be coming out of the worst of it, but the preemptive cancellation seems to suggest Kate is not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel just yet. That being said, medical experts say that hyperemesis gravidarum peaks around 9-13 weeks, so Kate may be getting toward the end of the worst. 


Today, it was also confirmed by People Magazine, that Kate has retreated to Bucklebury with George for some TLC at her parents' home. A source was reported to say that Kate is "not at all well, the poor thing" and:

"When you're ill, the place you feel most comfortable is at home with your mum, isn't it? When she's there, Kate can just relax and sit on the sofa and not have to worry about having to deal with all the staff and everything else that comes with a big palace full of rooms," the source also said.

I think it is more than just the "drawbacks" of Kensington Palace, which as one reader has pointed out, is her home, but the positive aspects of her mother's care. Kate obviously finds something comforting in her family's country retreat, after all, she did not remain at Kensington Palace after George's birth, but left immediately for Bucklebury. It is not surprising that now, debilitated by her illness, she returns to the leafy village for a few days rest. 

Real Estate File of The (Middleton) Manor, Bucklebury


With William working hard to study and complete the 14 tests he must pass before Christmas for his Air Ambulance training, Kate needs close family to give her love and attention at this most vulnerable of times. The quiet village of Bucklebury is the perfect place for her to get away and, not to put too fine a point on it, suffer in private. My heart is bleeding for her right now. 



New York, if it is in the planning, is not necessarily off the table, if it is planned for late November. Kate could very well be feeling much, much better by that time, but I am disappointed to say this seems to put the kabash on the State banquet. Unless she makes a pretty fast recovery, it seems we will be waiting a little longer for a tiara event. 

27 comments:

  1. After reading this post I felt like crying you know. She is sick but not dying you could cheer us up a little bit by writing a bit positive post. Just a suggestion. I also find a bit strange that she returns home and stays there. It looks as if no matter what kind of palace she is decorating she is still feeling better with her parents. Funny...

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    1. This made me laugh. Jane can't make up happy news just to make us happy.

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    2. I don't find it funny at all. Think about it. at KP there are still paparazzi hiding out to get pictures of her and George. Rarely is there a shot of her obtained at her parents. She grew up there and the residents fiercely guard her privacy.

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    3. Hi KayLynn. this was actually a response to the comment, not the blog. I find the comment funny, not the post or Kate's illness.

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    4. Obviously I refered to the style of the post and not turning bad news into happy news. Kp is her home or what and I suppose if she is sick she is not out and about so the poor paps have no chance.

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  2. She is not sick and she's not pregnant, just like LAST time.

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    1. Hey Anon,

      Was this a typo? She is pregnant and HG is a severe form of morning sickness.

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    2. It is one of the silly ideas floating around on some forums (mostly just one) that Kate was never pregnant and George was born from a surrogate. Honestly....

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    3. Kate's pregnancies are all false and George is a changeling...cue Twilight Zone music... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzlG28B-R8Y

      Sorry all, I let this comment go live so I could make a joke. Not very kind, I suppose...

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    4. I wonder if Anon 5:23am fully realizes what he/she is saying.
      To pass someone off as a legitimate heir to the throne if they are not, is serious.
      When Prince George was born the notice stating that HRH was ,"safely delivered of a son" was signed by 3 eminent doctors. Are they being accused of lying?
      Sorry, but such nonsense about our future head of state, is not a joke

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  3. Jane, thanks for the timely update, as always, your lovely write-ups are appreciated. My heart goes out to Kate, too. Get well soon!

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  4. I would agree that there is something really comforting about your mothers home. Especially in Kate's position with the paps. I hope she is feeling better soon.

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  5. I would like to go to Catherine's mothers house. It looks inviting and cozy.

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  6. This is pretty disappointing. I was also hoping that she was really much better and just waiting for a final go-ahead from her docs. :( It has been such a long time since we have gotten to see her, but I hope she feels better soon for her own sake, as you say.

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  7. Millions of dollars spent on KP, but it's not "homey" enough?! Just my thoughts from across the pond....

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    1. Honestly, as I tried to say, I don't think it is a matter of décor or coziness or luxury or anything else. KP is doubtless stunning, and I imagine that Kate's own country home, Anmer Hall is equal in superior taste as well as inviting and cozy and private. As I am trying to highlight, Kate is going home. Home to her mother and father, home to the village she was raised in, to the village where her privacy is jealously guarded by the inhabitants--home. Mom, Dad, comfort food... She is going to family, while William is obviously occupied with work. At some point, it doesn't matter how beautiful a house is, or how expensive the interior design bill was, what makes a house a home is the warmth and love of real people. People who love you. Furthermore, the report is not that she moved from KP back to her parents', but that she is spending some time with her parents. It all seems very natural to me. I cannot understand the uproar over it.

      i don't know. That's my take. :)

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    2. I agree with you. HG can cause a person to become very weak making daily activity difficult. Having mom to help you do things like bathing, dressing etc goes a long way for recovery.

      The woman is sick. Who cares where she recovers. As long as she does

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    3. Maybe she just needs her mom to make her some soup or a grilled cheese? I'm pregnant right now with only slight morning sickness and it's been difficult. Having someone take care of me has been very reassuring.

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    4. Home is where the heart is and the heart of a home is a Mum (or Dad sometimes). I think shes gone there so Mum can look after her. Plain and simple.

      KiwiNic

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  8. Mor sickness can b bad enough never mind HD, no woman would want her photo taken never mind on every paper in the planet...dont blame her at all..

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  9. This was the key quote:
    "'When you're ill, the place you feel most comfortable is at home with your mum, isn't it? When she's there, Kate can just relax and sit on the sofa and not have to worry about having to deal with all the staff and everything else that comes with a big palace full of rooms,' the source also said."
    Especially the part about not having to deal with staff. Even nice, kind staff is not the same as your own mom and family. Ever had a great party at your house, and, as nice as it was with friends visiting, been glad when the guests had gone and just the family could relax and chat together. I bet Kate feels the same way about being sick. I doubt Carol is keeping notes to write a tell-all book about the private Kate.

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  10. I can't blame someone who is ill, wanting to return to the family home for comfort and support. While the Middleton family home is probably very large, I would imagine the rooms scale and square footage are probably more cosy than the large number of rooms they have in Apt. 1A. If she is weak, just moving around the large palace rooms in their apartment could make things more difficult with her illness.

    If I were ill with a one year old, I would make the choice to be near family who understand me better than anyone, thus assisting and giving the needed comfort at a blessed, but difficult time.

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  11. I, as well as a lot of my friends, were pregnant with a second baby while having very active 1 to 2 year olds. Even if you are not sick, which thankfully I was not with either pregnancy, having your child to take care of is very demanding. I am positive she just wanted her mother, even thought the nanny probably is there as well. There is nothing like your own mother, I wish I still had mine. She passed away at 90 years old this past July. But I have my precious memories. Get well soon Catherine!

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  12. Hi Jane,

    I am thinking that a large part of the reason why Kate and George are in Berkshire is to get George away from the paps at park near Kensington Palace, since Will and Kate have written a letter in protest to the "stalking" of their son. Also, on a tumblr page I saw that a waitress working near the Middleton's home waited on Carole and George recently. No mention of Kate or William being there but how nice for granny to be able to spend some one-on-one time with her grandson.

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    1. Yes and how nice for Prince George to be able to go to the shops with Granny; something he could not do in London without being chased by photographers.

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  13. I think it is quite understandable for Kate to go to her parents. If you feel unwell it is nice to be with family who can help you and most importantly also...help look after busy busy George who might not understand why mommy doesn't want to play. And why not Grandmamma rather than the nanny all the time. If I am sick and have a little one to think about and my husband is busy, I would rather be with family than on my own with staff. I think much more information and education regarding her condition is necessary since people really don't know a lot about it but I have read that in very severe instances the pregnancy can be terminated. That we are not seeing Kate, not even for a quick out and about and that she is still cancelling appointments means she is still sick. Furthermore with all the health risks involved in traveling and with the ebola scare at the moment, I cannot see the Duchess traveling abroad.

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  14. There was no air conditioning in Nottingham Cottage, where Kate and Will lived before their apartment at KP was done. I think this is why she stayed at her parents a lot towards the end of her pregnancy and after the birth. It was very hot in London at the time. This wasn't discussed in the press much because many in Britain don't have AC and it would have offended some.

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