Kate, who has been suffering severe morning sickness — hyperemesis gravidarum — has not attended an official engagement for more than a month and even missed Prince George’s first day at school at the start of September.
Kate was unable to attend Prince George’s first day at school due to morning sickness. Picture: AFP Photo/Richard PohleSource:AFP
But the Duchess has been named by Kensington Palace, alongside husband William and Prince Harry, as the royal hosts of a palace reception celebrating the contribution of those working in the mental health sector.
The evening event — being held to mark World Mental Health Day — will recognise the progress, hard work and dedication of those determined to raise awareness of mental health issues over many years.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is hoping to make her first public appearance since announcing her third pregnancy last month. Picture: Tim Rooke-Pool/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
William, Kate and Harry have supported the issue with their Heads Together mental health campaign that has been encouraging people to speak out about their psychological problems or be a sympathetic ear for others.
Kensington Palace announced on September 4 that Kate was expecting her third child and, like previous pregnancies with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, was suffering from severe morning sickness.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Germany earlier this year. Picture: Jane Barlow — Pool/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The Duchess is thought to be less than 12 weeks pregnant with her bout of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) forcing her to pull out of an event at the beginning of September, which prompted the palace to make the pregnancy announcement early.
Normal morning sickness affects around 70 per cent of pregnant women, and causes some degree of vomiting and discomfort commonly during the first trimester of pregnancy.