The Hobbit

Kate Middleton Will Skip Appearance At The Hobbit Premiere

Royal engagements are taking the back seat for pregnant Kate Middleton. The 30-year-old, who was hospitalized for acute morning sickness last week, will skip her appearance with Prince William at Wednesday’s premiere of The Hobbit to continue resting at home.

“The Duchess of Cambridge will not attend The Hobbit Premiere tomorrow evening and will continue to rest privately,” a St. James Palace rep said, adding that Prince William “will attend as planned.”

Middleton’s pregnancy was announced last Monday after she was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital for treatment of acute morning sickness, also known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). The condition can cause fainting, lightheadedness, weight loss, vomiting and acute nausea. Middleton returned to Kensington Palace on Thursday.

On Sunday, Prince William canceled his appearance at the British Military Tournament to care for Middleton as she suffered another bout of HG. The following day, a royal rep said the palace will not continue to give the public updates on Middleton’s condition.

“Until further notice, to allow the Duchess a degree of privacy during her pregnancy, we do not intend to offer regular condition checks or advise of routine developments,” the rep said.