Kate Middleton’s pregnancy is getting in the way of her royal duties and possibly even her marriage to Prince William. The Duchess of Cambridge has decided to move back in with her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, in Bucklebury, England, People magazine is reporting. The move comes less than three months after the couple moved into their country estate in Norfolk, Anmer Hall.
Why the need for relocation, and is there trouble in paradise for the young royals? Despite Middleton’s change of address, approximately 50 miles outside of London, the magazine reports the move does not indicate marriage trouble. The aim is to help soothe Middleton’s symptoms caused by hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of morning sickness, which plagued her in 2012 when she was pregnant with Prince George, now 14 months.
“[She is] not at all well, the poor thing,” a “family friend” of the Middletons told People. “When you’re ill, the place you feel most comfortable is at home with your mum, isn’t it?”
While Middleton’s pregnancy illness has yet to subside long enough for her to return to her royal duties, the insider said the change of atmosphere has done wonders for the 32-year-old expectant duchess.
“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,” said the source.
Last month, palace officials confirmed that Middleton was newly pregnant with the couple’s second child and suffering from the pregnancy-related illness. In recent weeks, the condition has caused her to cancel multiple public appearances, including her first solo trip to Malta in late September. According to Us Weekly, the duchess has already canceled her visit to Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie’s America Cup team base in Portsmouth, England, on Oct. 13. But she is still expected to accompany Prince William on his official visit to New York City later this fall, People reported Monday.
Despite her plans to visit the U.S., palace insiders told People it is unclear when Middleton will be able to resume her work. “It’s very difficult to give a time frame for when we might see her again,” said a source. “But hopefully, she will get better soon and will get some engagements in soon."
Middleton was last seen in public on Sept. 11. Radar Online reported that the duchess was spotted with Prince William, sporting a small baby bump, while dining at King’s Head pub near Amner Hall. She is expected to give birth in March or April 2015.