The Queen isn’t going to visit Duchess Kate in the hospital: rude or understandable?

Apparently, Queen Elizabeth only found out about Duchess Kate’s pregnancy yesterday. That’s when Prince William drove his wife to the hospital and all hell broke loose and St. James Palace (the residence and office of the Prince of Wales) had to issue statements confirming Kate’s pregnancy. So, the Queen maybe found out about Kate’s pregnancy an hour before everyone else in the world. It reminds me of William and Kate’s engagement announcement – remember, William “informed” the Queen just like a day before the announcement. William loves his secrets! If you had grown up like that, you would love your secrets too. Anyway, when journalists approached the press office of Buckingham Palace to ask if the Queen would be visiting her granddaughter-in-law (and mother of the future heir to the throne), the Palace was all “meh.”

Prince William returned to the hospital to visit pregnant wife Kate as she spends her second day being treated for severe morning sickness. William – in a purple sweater, blue collared shirt and black jeans – walked straight into King Edward VII Hospital after exiting a green Land Rover.

Without a wave or signal to the 100-strong waiting media, the father-to-be, 30, had his head down, briefly running his hand through his hair as he strolled through the doors.

Kate, who is believed to be being cared for by Dr. Marcus Setchell (he delivered royal babies for the Countess of Wessex, William’s aunt), was brought to the hospital by William on Monday after her sickness became more acute.

Meanwhile, Palace sources tell PEOPLE that Queen Elizabeth, who was only told Kate was expecting once the couple had decided to head to hospital, will be unlikely to visit.

“She doesn’t normally go because it disrupts the running of the hospital,” the source said. “And the Duchess just wants to recover and get out.”

Kate’s office has cancelled all her planned engagements this week. She was due to appear at a charity day at a London bank Wednesday, a gala for the Centrepoint homeless charity and visit the military tournament this weekend.

[From People]

CB and I were just debating what this means – I mean, most women wouldn’t care if their grandmother-in-law didn’t visit them in the hospital, but this is not any other family, you know? The Queen has a vested interest in Kate’s health and the health of the royal fetus heir (what a gross way to say that). Still, Kate is likely only going to be in the hospital for a few more days, so I guess it’s no big deal. I guess the Queen will send flowers. I also think it’s weird that Charles hasn’t visited his daughter-in-law? And no one is asking about it either.

But! Pippa Middleton and Kate’s parents are going to spend time with her in the hospital. Carole and Michael Middleton have already left their Berkshire home and are said to be driving to London to see Kate. Carole also let it be known that she is “elated” with her daughter’s pregnancy.

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  1. vvy says:

    Completely understandable. Why is this even a caption.

  2. Hubbahun says:

    No, she’s right not to – it WOULD disrupt the running of the hospital, and patient care could be compromised. Besides, too many visitors can be exhausting for the patient and how many grandmothers-in-law would visit anyway? If it was Kate or William’s parents that would be different.

    • Amelia says:

      She’ll probably send a fruit basket/card or something, but I don’t think it’s a huge deal.
      She’s also getting fairly elderly now, it’s impressive that she still does so much.
      It’s just people making mountains out of molehills.
      Also if she’s feeling as sick as a lot of media outlets are saying, I get the feeling most visitors would be received with the politest ‘Bugger off’ on the planet. (Well . . . maybe not, but you know what I mean).

    • L says:

      +1 I think she’s pretty respectful of family members when they are ill.

      She didn’t visit Sophie either (who was in the same hospital during her various pregnancy issues), so I’d say it’s her standard MO.

    • ol cranky says:

      I have to be honest, when I was dealing with hyperemesis gravidarum, I just wanted to be left the hell alone most of the time. Of course those were the days before zofran but, knowing how crappy zofran makes you feel, I’m guessing Kate’s glad not to have to entertain extra visitors

  3. aims says:

    I think its normal, his family isnt a warm and touchy type. Maybe she called. As i said earlier, it should be applauded that william drove her. Case inpoint.

  4. mln76 says:

    Apparantly she’s retching her guts out…who would want to see the Queen and Prince of Wales in those circumstances?
    Oh and I don’t see the big deal that she wasn’t informed this early on. I am sure they knew their duty and really were ‘thinking of England’ the whole time and wouldn’t inform her until everything was secure.
    Again those close to her would probably know immediately without being told due to changes in her habits and symptom so I don’t see any slight to the Queen.

  5. Lulu says:

    Very understandable. Poor Wills looks worried.

  6. Bowers says:

    It would be silly and dumb to go.

  7. Mary Ann says:

    I think it’s compassionate. I only had normal, garden-variety morning sickness and the LAST thing I wanted to do was talk to anyone about anything other than ginger ale or laying down in a dark, quiet room. A visit from the Queen might look good to outsiders but it’s probably the last thing someone as sick as Kate wants.

  8. P.J. says:

    Kate is supposed to be resting. It’s amazing how many people think they should visit those who are sick and need rest. They may mean well, but it’s not good for the patient.

    • Jess says:

      The parade of people that came through my house after my mother had a major surgery was hilarious. And if they weren’t visiting, they were ringing the phone 24/7. Finally I had enough and told them to beat it because she needed to rest, and didn’t need people bugging her and causing her stress. Sometimes people don’t think.

    • Ann says:

      This. Why do people think patients want visitors when they feel like crap? It’s one thing if someone is laid up in bed for weeks due to an accident or something, but for a couple of days when you feel lousy is something else.

  9. Suze says:

    If one of the senior royals visited it would disrupt the hospital routine (more so than it’s already disrupted) and probably bring exactly zero comfort to Kate, who’s no doubt feeling like hell.

  10. Lilo says:

    Well, I get it. I hate hospitals. And if the Queen feels she would interrupt the normal proceedings of a hospital she should stay away and send flowers. No need to drag an old woman into the mothership of germs just to visit her puking granddaughter-in-law. And Charles…well, we know men have problems with pregnant women sometimes, especially when it comes to the icky stuff. And let’s not forget that we are talking about the royal family, I guess those people don’t even acknowlege puking and being all gross.

  11. anne_000 says:

    Visiting her over morning sickness doesn’t seem like a good idea. If it were a more serious situation, then maybe.

  12. TrollyDolly says:

    But she didn’t even visit her own husband when he was recently in hospital. She’s remarkably frosty apparently.

  13. Reece says:

    It’s not that big of a deal. I mean it is but it isn’t you know?

  14. LAK says:

    tiny correction: St James is William/Kate/Harry’s office. Clarence House is Prince Charles.

    Also, William ‘informed’ The Queen of his engagement 2 hours ahead of press conference. So her finding out at such short notice about the baby is how he rolls.

    I can accept that the Middletons may have found out the same way as The Queen ie emergency hospitalisation, but it’s highly suspicious that a pap on their payroll has been hinting in very accurate terms about this pregnancy for weeks now. It leads one to suspect that like the engagement, the Middletons were informed weeks ahead of the Queen.

    That Goldsmith wing may not have been a joke.

    • bluhare says:

      I think it’s more telling about the closeness of Kate to her family vs. royal one.

      • Suze says:

        It’s completely natural that Kate would confide first in her family members, not the royal family, but the Middletons shouldn’t be dropping hints about Kate and Horseface’s lives to friends or employees.

        There were some suspiciously accurate tidbits on this pregnancy coming from unusual sources.

      • LAK says:

        What i take issue with is putting this into the public domain before telling The Queen. She’s the head of state, and their marriage and baby is a state affair.

        The public shouldn’t be privy to the fact that The Queen barely received this news or indeed engagement news ahead of a press release.

        With regards the press, the Royal Family is very discreet. The way this was handled demonstrates exactly how incompetent William and his team are. William needs to work with the Palace if he wants the protection he desires. This whole media circus would have been handled better and or avoided.

        As it is the Middletons are leakier than a sieve. And the more William pulls these stunts, the more The Palace will be reluctant to help him.

      • Suze says:

        LAK, I agree.

        We have heard over and over and over about how much William protects his privacy. How locked down his personal life is. How he tests friends to see if they are trustworthy. How he carries resentment toward the media because of his mother and he is very close with information as a result.

        Then, on the other hand, he acts like a rogue attention seeker by hurling information into the public domain rather heedlessly and sending his PR corps into a tizzy to catch up.

        I also think the Middleton side has some suspicious loose lips.

        Someone let slip where they were going to vacation, the approximate date Kate became pregnant, the planned date of the pregnancy announcement.

        You’re either private or you’re not.

  15. trillian says:

    If I was in hospital with a severe case of the vomits, I certainly wouldn’t WANT any visitors.

  16. Amy says:

    If I were Kate, the last person I would want in my hospital room, aside from my husband, would be my husband’s grandmother, the Queen of England. Anyway, what would the Queen say apart from, “Hope you feel better and hang in there?” Not to mention it would cause chaos at the hospital with all the media and paparazzi!

  17. Meerkat says:

    Love the way People, DM etc insist on describing what people are wearing, when we can clearly see the photos. And especially love the description of William as “briefly running his hand through his hair”. Not much choice there, is there.

  18. Anon says:

    If you could not stop puking or stop feeling nausea or dizzy, the smell of anything gags you–would you want the Queen or anyone visiting you? Close family can help you get through it. But other visitors –the patient feels like they have to engage them in conversation while feeling like crap.
    I don’t recall the Queen or Charles visiting Prince Phillip either.

  19. Dani says:

    “…briefly running his hand through his hair as he strolled through the doors.” LOL WHAT HAIR?? made my day

  20. Boxy Lady says:

    Agree with the hospital disruption. Plus I read @ the DM that when Prince Charles was 13 and had appendicitis, QEII didn’t visit him in the hospital, either.

  21. Cel says:

    As others have said, the Queen visiting would cause a major headache for the hospital with all the media (there’s already a big group of them outside the hospital). Prince Charles is in Wales visiting the areas affected by severe floods, so he’s on duty. I doubt Kate wants any visitors aside from her husband and possibly her mother.

  22. Jayna says:

    Do people understand she is vomiting nonstop, and if not vomiting, she is extremely nauseus the rest of the time? Who gets visitors then? I relate it to when I once had the stomach flu and when not vomiting, I was huddled in a ball fighting off the wave of unrelenting nausea. Oh, yes, have my family and friends passing through visiting me, just what I would want. Only my mom back then was all I wanted to take care of me.

  23. frankly says:

    It makes me so happy to read all these comments. My husband was recently hospitalized for four days (not for morning vomits, obviously) but his whole family got up in a huff because he didn’t want visitors. He was either sleeping or doped up the whole time with crusty tubes up his nose and by time he felt like seeing anyone it was time to leave the hospital.

    I ask people if they actually want visitors, usually they say “no,” and then I drop by their house a few days later with a casserole. That’s the civilized thing to do.

  24. Dirty Martini says:

    Consider this authentic inquiry and not necessirily the opinion of Dirty Martni….

    Wonder if the Queen is thinking…

    Hhhhmmm. Pregnant. And this much drama this early? Is Kate telegraphing Diana type behavior? ME Me me? Pay attention to me?

    It’s just pregnancy. Buck up girlfriend. Its a long 9 months. And the entire royal family and empire doesnt revolve around your morning sickness.

    We have an aristocracy here to run…

    Inquiring minds ask….

  25. mimi says:

    It’s her grandmother-in-law!
    Older people should avoid hospitals just to make sure they don’t catch something while visiting.

    It’s odd that her father and brother in law didn’t stop by, but the main people should have been her husband and her family and friends if they are good and close friends.

  26. DuBarry says:

    Honestly, I would find it odd if she did go visit.

  27. JulieM says:

    Of course, Ma and Pa Middleton will be staying with their daughter. They have a great deal riding on this child. Carole is probably much more than elated. The ultimate ticket to acceptance by the aristos.