Saturday 18 November 2017

William given avocado for Kate's morning sickness by concerned boy (4)

The Duke of Cambridge speaks to Logan Hynes, two, as he arrives for a visit to the the Guinea Gap Leisure Centre
The Duke of Cambridge speaks to Logan Hynes, two, as he arrives for a visit to the the Guinea Gap Leisure Centre

Eleanor Barlow

The Duke of Cambridge has been presented with an avocado to help with his wife's morning sickness by a four-year-old boy.

William was given the green fruit by Archie Weatherall, whose mother is suffering from the same condition as the Duchess of Cambridge, as he arrived at Guinea Gap Leisure Centre in Wallasey, Wirral, on Thursday.

Pupils from Riverside Primary School also gave the Duke teddy bears for children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Headteacher Christina Lahive said: "Archie gave him an avocado because his mummy has the same sickness as the Duchess.

"Avocados are meant to help.

"William said he had never been given an avocado before and he said good luck to Archie with his new brother or sister."

Kate, who is pregnant with the couple's third child, was forced to pull out of public engagements last week as she suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum.

William met divers from the Merseyside branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club at the centre and watched children taking part in Swim England's Learn to Swim programme, before starting a water polo match by dropping the ball into the pool.

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Earlier in the day he visited Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool where he spoke to patients about his son starting school.

Speaking to Teresa Jones, 87, in the hospital's frailty assessment unit, he said: "Most of the parents are in floods of tears and the children are absolutely fine."

He added: "George rules the roost and Charlotte isn't far behind."

He told Edna Dagnall, 75: "George started school last week so we're seeing how long that lasts for before he doesn't want to go to school one day."

William told patient Pagan Tordengrav, 55, in the emergency department, that his wife was doing "very well".

Speaking about daughter Charlotte, he said: "I think she's going to be trouble when she's older. All fathers say that."

Ms Tordengrav, who has stage four cancer, told William she was a fan of rock bands Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

He said he preferred soft rock and told her: "I'm Linkin Park level."

Ms Tordengrav told William he was the "prince of hearts".

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The former helicopter pilot said he felt "nostalgic" after seeing an air ambulance parked on the hospital's helipad.

Speaking to A and E volunteer John Geddes he said: "I looked longingly at the helicopter there.

"It's nice to see the air ambulance, I feel very nostalgic about it."

Before leaving the hospital he was taken to see the helicopter and spoke to members of the crew.

William also met staff and service users at the Life Rooms in Walton, a community hub run by mental health trust Mersey Care.

The centre offers group and one-to-one advice sessions on finances, addiction, and employment and offers a space for groups to meet.

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