Thursday 19 April 2018

Kate Middleton admits to 'pining for Prince George' while fulfilling royal duties

Kate Middleton with eight-month-old son Prince George in Sydney
Kate Middleton with eight-month-old son Prince George in Sydney

Tony Jones

The Duchess of Cambridge has admitted pining for her baby son Prince George while away from him on a Down Under tour engagement.

William and Kate made the decision to bring eight-month-old George on their 19-day trip to New Zealand and Australia.

They planned their logistical arrangements so the baby, who will one day be King, could remain settled in a series of hubs while they travelled to engagements.

And George's nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, has been looking after him during the day.

But like any other new mother, the Duchess appears to be missing her son even when separated for a few hours.

KATOOMBA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photograph at Echo Point with The Three Sisters in the background on April 17, 2014 in Katoomba, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

During a visit to an Australian air force base near Brisbane, Kate told Hanna Pearce, whose father David Pearce was killed in an improvised explosive device blast in Oruzgan province in October 2007, about her feelings.

Ms Pearce told Australia's Channel Nine News: "We talked a little bit about baby George. She said she wishes he was there with her because she misses him."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft during the tenth day of their official tour to New Zealand and Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 16, 2014. See PA story ROYAL Tour. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess have mentioned a few times to members of the public how their son is teething and drooling heavily but got over his jetlag and is now sleeping.

With very few evening engagements in the programme the couple have the opportunity to see their son in the early evening.

William and Kate arriving with Prince George at a special playgroup in Wellington, New Zealand

It is likely they have been bathing their baby, who will soon be nine months old, and putting him to bed after returning at the end of the day.

The Cambridges are the guests of Australia's Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove at his official Sydney residence Admiralty House for the first part of their tour.

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