On December 3, 2012, St James’s Palace announced that Kate and Prince William were expecting their first child. The delight was universal, but the announcement came early in her pregnancy for another reason. Kate was suffering from a severe pregnancy sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum that needed hospitalization.
Three days after the announcement, the press spotted the royal couple leaving the hospital after Kate had undergone her treatment. The severe sickness continued to take a toll on Kate until her final trimester. Pregnancy can be very difficult for some women, and unfortunately, Kate had to share her most challenging hours with the world.
Royal Titles And Trips
Kate walked out of Westminster Abbey as the Duchess of Cambridge. In June 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set out on their first international trip for the British royal family. Kate and Prince William traveled to Canada for a series of appearances. The couple also traveled to America, where they attended a red carpet event in Los Angeles, California.
The next few years were going to be busy and intense, and her duties as a member of the royal family had just begun. She was now a representative of the crown and the future mother of the next one in line for the throne. Big responsibilities came ahead.
Scandals And Press Feuds
Among the biggest scandals that Kate encountered was in 2012, when French tabloids published topless photos of her while holidaying in France. The Duchess was sunbathing in a secluded villa when paparazzi captured photos using a long lens camera. Royal aides issued a strongly worded statement, comparing the incident to the worst excesses of the press during Diana's life.
The royal couple sued Closer magazine and the newspaper La Provence for $1.9 million in damages. French courts also granted the couple an injunction against publishers of the images. Never again would Kate be seen in such an explosive photo, revealing such intimacy and flesh.
Prince George Is Born
On July 22, 2013, the couple welcomed their first son, Prince George Alexander Louis, into the world. Named after Queen Elizabeth’s father and grandfather, the boy will reign as King George VII by the end of the 21st century. The country celebrated the prince’s arrival with gun salutes in the Tower of London and Green Park.
The bells at Westminster Abbey rang for three hours. The new parents showed off their little boy in a photocall outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London before heading to the Middleton family home. Kate fulfilled her so-called royal duty by providing a male heir to the throne.
The Controversy Around Her Dressmaker
Fans are continually looking out for what Kate wears, catapulting many designers to fame and success. During a 2012 tour of the Pacific, the Duchess stepped out wearing a yellow cotton lace dress. Fans could not figure out who had designed the dress. Many people believed she chose to wear something without a brand name since she perhaps couldn’t find something she liked from the Solomon Islands.
A year later, the palace revealed that Kate had a private dressmaker who made her a peach maternity dress. Fans quickly connected the dots. Some took offense, saying it prevents British businesses from benefitting from the Kate Middleton effect.