'Much better' Kate leaves hospital

'Much better' Kate leaves hospital

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the King Edward VII hospital in London

Kate will now have a period of rest at Kensington Palace

The Prince of Wales told reporters he was 'thrilled' about the news he is to become a grandfather

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The Duchess of Cambridge has left hospital saying she is feeling "much better" after three days of treatment for a severe form of morning sickness.

Kate emerged from the central London private hospital that has been providing expert care looking relaxed and with William by her side.

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

But she looked well and smiled as she posed with the Duke on the steps of the King Edward VII hospital for the world's media.

When a member of the press asked how she was feeling, the Duchess, wrapped up against the cold in a coat and scarf and carrying a bouquet of yellow flowers, replied: "Much better."

The Prince of Wales said he is "thrilled" that the Duchess is pregnant, adding: "It's a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age."

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.

The Duchess's attendance at two royal engagements this weekend - a Centrepoint Royal Albert Hall fundraiser and the British Military Tournament - has already been cancelled.

It is likely her public diary will be tailored to how she is coping with the illness that causes prolonged bouts of vomiting triggered by smells and even movement.

Her discharge comes the day after it emerged two Australian radio DJs impersonated the Queen and the Prince of Wales to dupe hospital staff into giving a condition update on the Duchess on Tuesday. The 2Day FM presenters, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, apologised for their actions, as did their radio station.

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