Smiles as Duchess leaves hospital

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THE Duchess of Cambridge left hospital yesterday saying she was feeling “much better” after three days of treatment for a severe form of morning sickness.

Clutching flowers, Kate emerged from the private hospital in London looking relaxed and with William by her side.

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

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

Her attendance at two engagements this weekend – a fundraiser and the British Military Tournament – has already been cancelled with the Duke set to go alone.

The Duchess’s public diary is now expected to be tailored to how she copes with the illness that causes prolonged bouts of vomiting triggered by smells and even movement, leaving sufferers at risk of dehydration.

Commenting publicly for the first time yesterday, the Prince of Wales said he was “thrilled” the Duchess was pregnant, adding: “It’s a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age if I can say so. I’m very glad my daughter-in-law is getting better, thank goodness.”

The Prince was in London to meet Ranulph Fiennes.

When he first spoke, the Prince joked: “How do you know I’m not a radio station?”, in reference to the prank call made by two Australian radio DJs who impersonated the Queen and the Prince of Wales to dupe hospital staff into giving a condition update on the Duchess on Tuesday.