Kate Middleton may be back to work following her bout with hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of pregnancy-related morning sickness, but according to a new report, the expectant Duchess of Cambridge was not ready to return to public life. Life & Style magazine is reporting that Middleton was “bullied” into resuming her royal duties by her grandmother-in-law, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Despite Kate's illness that required weeks of medical attention for severe dehydration, sources claim that Queen Elizabeth, 88, “commanded” Middleton, 32, to return to her duties earlier this month. The report follows Middleton’s first public outing to the Royal Garden Hotel in London on Oct. 21, weeks after the palace announced her second pregnancy Sept. 8. The outing also came just one day after the the Clarence House confirmed that Middleton, due in April 2015, was still being affected by the pregnancy illness.
“The queen has been unimpressed at the amount of official business Kate has missed out on. She feels enough is enough, duty comes first and it was time for Kate to step up to the plate,” an insider told the magazine in their Nov. 10 print issue.
According to the magazine, the monarch, who worked during her own four pregnancies, felt strongly that Middleton must follow suit. “Queen Elizabeth has a very strong work ethic and has hardly had to cancel any royal duties during her lifetime due to ill health. She will always put work first and believes Kate should be doing the same,” a source said.
While Middleton did return to work last week after canceling several high-profile appearances including her first solo trip to Malta last month, she is still reportedly suffering from the effects of hyperemesis gravidarum. “She has been feeling absolutely horrific,” said an insider.
According to the tabloid, her decision to work while ill has her husband, Britain’s Prince William, concerned. “William actually feels like she should have more bed rest, even if it’s against his grandmother’s wishes," a source said.
While Middleton appears to have heeded the queen’s rumored demands, the magazine notes that “Kate doesn’t have much of a relationship with the queen,” citing a “royal insider.”
This isn’t the first time Middleton has been rumored to be feuding with the queen. In July, Life & Style reported that they were at odds over Middleton’s plans to move her son, HRH Prince George, out of London. The pair were rumored to have fought again in August after Middleton decided to host the prince’s one-year birthday party at their apartment in Kensington Palace in London as opposed to the queen’s desired location, her summer home of Balmoral Castle, in Scotland.
“Kate wanted his party to be modern, fun and all about George,” said a source. “If he wanted to throw cake and ice cream around, she wanted him to be able to do it.”