Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge Discharged From London Hospital
The Duchess of Cambridge left hospital today after she was admitted for acute morning sickness earlier in the week.
The former Kate Middleton, 30, was discharged this morning and went to Kensington Palace with her husband Prince William. The couple announced the duchess was in the early stages of pregnancy on Dec. 3 after she was taken to King Edward VII hospital in central London with hyperemesis gravidarum, or acute morning sickness.
The condition, triggered by pregnancy, causes such severe nausea in as many as 2 percent of women that it prevents food and liquids from being kept down, threatening weight loss and dehydration.
“The Duchess of Cambridge has been discharged from King Edward VII hospital and will now head to Kensington Palace for a period of rest,” the couple’s office at Clarence House in London said in a statement. “Their royal highnesses would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment the duchess has received.”
The child will follow Queen Elizabeth II’s son, Prince Charles, and William in the line of succession. The British government said a day after the pregnancy was announced that it will propose giving princesses the same rights to succeed to the throne as their brothers.
Current laws, including the 1700 Act of Settlement, give male heirs precedence over their older sisters. The act also excludes Roman Catholics or anyone married to a Roman Catholic from becoming king or queen. Spurred on by the wedding of Prince William last year, Prime Minister David Cameron agreed the law needed to be changed and lobbied his counterparts from the other members of the British Commonwealth.
The process of getting agreement among the 15 countries that share the monarch to a limited change, which would also remove the bar on those married to Catholics, was completed this week. A Succession to the Crown Bill, which would also remove the bar on those married to Catholics, will be introduced to Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Dec. 4.
The duke and duchess, who started dating when they were students at St. Andrews University in Scotland, married in London’s Westminster Abbey on April 29 last year, with 1 million people lining the streets of London and millions around the world watching on television.
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