Duchess Kate’s mom Carole has pretty much moved into Kensington Palace

Just a few weeks into 2012, I got terribly sick. Like, sicker than I had been in a decade. I got that awful Norovirus and I was barfing for days. I couldn’t keep anything down, not even water. I could barely walk around or stand up straight. I had a fever, I had the chills, and I didn’t even have the energy to shower. I was a damn mess, basically. And my mom just didn’t get it. She was used to be me having colds and allergies during seasonal changes, but it was like she couldn’t even comprehend that I truly felt like I was dying. She told me to drive to her house and she (laughingly) offered to take care of me. I think I painfully moaned in response. At one point, a few days into what felt like my slow death, my mom was like, “I just don’t understand why you’re acting like this.” Well, then she got the Norovirus. And then she KNEW.

Anyway, I bring that up because the stories about Duchess Kate and her morning sickness have just reminded me of it. I really didn’t want to be around my mom when I was sick. I wanted to lay in bed, sleeping and moaning in pain. I want to barf in peace. But maybe that’s just me. I know a lot of people still like it when their mom takes care of them. Duchess Kate is one of those people. And according to Star Magazine, Carole Middleton is using Kate’s morning sickness as an excuse to basically move into a royal residence:

The Duchess of Cambridge smiled weakly but bravely as she left London’s King Edward VII hospital, with hubby Prince William by her side on Dec. 6. She had been hospitalized for three days, and unfortunately for Kate, her symptoms returned just a few days later. She was ordered to bed at her and William’s cottage home on the grounds of Kensington Palace – a home that will now have more than its usual share of contributors to the flurry of activity!

Star has learned that Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael, will “virtually be moving in,” says an insider, “to help their beloved daughter as she fights to get her health back.”

Kate’s family home in the village of Bucklebury is a mere 15 miles from Kensington.

“Carole was already planning on bucking royal protocol, which normally calls for an army of nurses and nannies, by being a totally hands-on grandmother when it comes to caring for her newborn grandchild-to-be,” the insider tells Star. “But Kate has seemed so fragile while dealing with her debilitating morning sickness, that the time was right for her mom – with dad Michael in support – to take the initiative earlier than expected and make the cottage their home away from home. They’d sleep on cots in the kitchen if it meant being on hand to do everything they could for Kate.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Honest question from a childfree bitch: is there really that much to “do” when someone has morning sickness? Yes, you can help that person get cleaned up and I guess you can try to prepare some bland food for them to try to eat. But that doesn’t sound like an “all-day, all-night” proposition to me. I’m not trying to be mean about it – I’m sure Kate does want her mom there, and I’m sure Carole is a big comfort. But I also think there’s just a little bit of pushy opportunism motivating Carole as well. She thinks she’s royal too!

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  1. cw says:

    yeash, your mom sounds like my Mom….I have a word for my Mom, but I won’t say it here.

  2. stacey says:

    Its always helpful to have someone around to hold your hair! lol

  3. dorothy says:

    Sometimes just having your mom around is enough.

  4. Alexandra Bananarama says:

    In the past with food poisoning I would always want my mom! She can bring you soup just the way you like it an stroke your hair until you fall asleep. It’s a comfort factor that goes so far when you’re sick. And I imagine it’s pretty lonely in the palace.

    I thought this was why William cancelled with schedule. To take care of Kate. Now that her mother is there William can continue with all those non-gala/premiere public duties he’s cancelled?

    Maybe Carol loves being in the palace because she thinks she’s royalty, but I can’t argue against the reasons stated.

    • Buckwild says:

      This sounds like a little kid but I really like the hair strokes too. I hope I never get too old for it. When I got H1N1 a coupes years ago (yes the swine flu) I had the most terrible two weeks and I still remember my mom stroking my hair and checking my fever as I fell asleep…sigh :)

  5. Bowers says:

    I always loved having my mom around.

  6. Kate says:

    I think if your Mom is low key, will make you toast and do your laundry, then it’s cool. All moms are different. My mom got hosptialized multiple times while expecting my youngest sister. She’s tiny and basically lost weight for the first four months, it was so bad. My grandmother lives across the street and was a big help it terms of keeping the house in order, babysitting, cooking, stuff like that, while my dad was taking my mom to appointments and changing her IV bags.

    But Kate has no other kids, and I’m sure gets help around the house, so…maybe it’s just the moral support?

  7. booboocita says:

    In my family, this sort of overweening, nurturing, clucking behavior is known as “Mexican.” My Mexican mom fusses over all of her kids all the time, and becomes especially loving when we’re sick. She makes us caldos (soups) and tes (teas), and strokes our foreheads. God bless and keep her forever!

  8. Micki says:

    “I want to barf in peace”
    Priceless! Next time I’ll tell my husband :I want to enjoy my headache privately.Take the children and piss off!

    P.S. I agree with the general take.

  9. lin234 says:

    I’m still cynical and think Kate and her mother concocted this morning sickness as an excuse for everything in the future. They are establishing just how fragile Kate is. She may have morning sickness, but I have a feeling she’s exaggerating. I just doubt she has Hp which affects .3 to 2% of women.

    The Middleton’s have been angling for a higher profile with their royal-in-laws. They aren’t going to fade away in the background anytime soon. Will might as well change his last name to Middleton.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Haha! Maybe a tad cynical.
      I’m pulling my BSN (nurse) card for this.

      HP is so rare and it is one of those things that can be a catch all diagnosis. Or doctors will prematurely diagnose MS as such.

      If she has it we will not see her until after the pregnancy and she just might be hooked up to both a feeding tube and iv drip. It is sad, but the better the medical coverage, the better she will be treated and more precautionary measures taken.

    • Liza Jane says:

      Well that’s a totally bitchy comment.. It’s 41 years ago since I had that dreadful morning sickness,already had one child but had been given pills to combat the morning sickness that I had with her..this second bout( incurred in a new country where access to pills was not so available) was unbelievably dreadful..not even classed as severe as Kate’s..however,even with an 18 month old to take care of,I was totally incapable of getting out of bed, unabl to eat or drink without throwing it up,dizzy and felt like dying! That went on 3 months until at last I got relief!! My Mum was still in the UK,no- one but hubby to help and he had to work…memories of it are still there!! It is quite ludicrous to say hat Kate is milking it..her family is close and she is so lucky to have her Mum there! Do you also think that William is so naive hat he would not notice any phoniness!? He,who is almost paranoid about people taking advantage? Try to let go of the rampant cynicism and realise this girl is so lucky to have her close family round her to help!

      • lin234 says:

        Chill out Liza Jane. The Middleton women are known for manipulating the press when it suits them. It’s how Kate got Will to want her back when he broke up with her.

        When Kate had the scandal with her topless photos, Will and her were supposed to be attending some work event which they canceled so they could vacation together. They lied to get out of a work related event.

        Will is perfectly willing to lie if it means he doesn’t have to do as much work related events. He had to stay at Kate’s bedside and miss some military event, but was able to make it to the Hobbit premiere. Priorities? Will and Kate’s priority in life is vacations.

        I have no doubt Kate has an extremely close family- in fact, that whole close family package reeled Will in.

        However, I am just skeptical about her having HP or the severity of her morning sickness. Remember her definition of busy is different from the average person. For instance, showing up at a handful of events throughout the year is considered a grueling schedule. So I’m just taking the same logic when it comes to her morning sickness.

        By milking this for all it’s worth, she gains and has people’s sympathies for years to come. The Middleton family has been angling for a bigger profile with the royals and this is the perfect excuse. Once Queen Elizabeth dies, you can expect the Middletons to be attending all royal functions as well.

        I’m sorry you had to go through such a rough period alone. It’s nice to have someone take care of you. But this is the royal family we’re talking about, not the normal Jane and Joe. While it’s nice Kate has her mom there for her, I just think the Middleton’s have far more ulterior motives than your average family.

  10. Boo says:

    Having my Mom around makes me feel safe and loved, even if she isn’t actively DOING anything. Just being there is doing a lot.

    • RobN says:

      Me, too. I like my mom and it’s nice to have her around when I feel like crap. She likes it, too.

    • Rumorhasit says:

      Like Kaisers mom, mine wasn’t overly maternal. Didn’t stop me from wanting her around like crazy when I got pregnant. Even the MIL, anyone who had prior pregnancy experience. I had become a big old, paranoid mess, and their support was beyond helpful.
      Then my son was born, and that desire for her help and to have her around only intensified. I had no experience with a newborn at all. I wanted and solicited a lot of feedback. Then after I became comfortable with all of it, it was time for life to return to normal. “See you at Christmas”!

  11. MsMileHigh says:

    Ewwww… that whole tacky family wears nude panty hose. Bleh – they are stinky footed, tacky, social climbers.

    I’m so lucky – my mom is the BEST person to take care of you when you are sick. She’ll make my fav foods, buy magazines, move TVs into the room you’re staying, screen calls, bring warm blankets, etc.

    • Chatcat says:

      So if somebody wears nude pantyhose that makes them tacky? Wow, good to know…the next business meeting I go into with the CEO, CFO and COO of my firm I’ll keep that in mind…can’t come off as tacky.

      My Mom and I are close. She was always there for me and I wanted her there too. Not every Mom is like that and not every daughter is in need of that either…I don’t think it’s a royal or social climber thing either. But of course the hate-all-things-Kate folks will never see it any different.

      Cheers!

      • Suze says:

        Nude pantyhose have been out of style for years. However, I would like to see them come back because I can’t think of great alternatives for certain looks. Unless you have young, smooth, tanned legs – and many people don’t – the bare legged look is out. And when it’s cold, you don’t want to be limited to dark tights or leggings.

        I like Kate’s panty hose for the most part. They are very sheer. I would like to find some for myself.

      • Chatcat says:

        Wow here in Philly and NYC you rarely see anything but nude hose for at least the last 1/2 dozen years. No sheer black, white, tint of anykind…that was mid-late 90′s. Who knew so many of us business women have been so unfashionalble the whole decade almost! YIKES.

      • Suze says:

        Well, ChatCat, any colored hose are severely dated. I haven’t seen anyone wear those GODAWFUL white hose in years.

        I do think the further you head west, the less you see any hose at all, although, when I lived in NYC in the early aughts I also noticed a strong anti-hosiery bent. Way back as far as SATC days (late nineties, the mid 2000s) stylish women were promoting the bare leg, or, in really cold weather, resorting to tights.

        Now I live in Chicago – the staid midwest – and younger women here still wrinkle their noses at nude hosiery.

        It’s not entirely regional. Sometimes it might be more of a younger versus older thing. Or it might be the type of business you work in – in fashion or IT business things tend to be more casual and women tend to eschew hose. In something like banking or accounting, it might be different.

        That said, I wouldn’t mind seeing Kate bring back the nude hose for the younger crowd – they do have their place.

        And bare feet in shoes are far stinkier.

      • Chatcat says:

        Suze…the “sheer white” were the absolute worst EVER. But in business attire we here have been doing “nude” or “slight tan” (not even sheer black…which I miss) for years. Now in the summer we go “hoseless” unless it is business suit, then hose are still a must in the board room and top meetings. But if I do a dress with a jacket or such then no hose and open toed shoes are totally appropriate.

        Winter I do tights, not heavy tights, but tights with skirts and sweaters at the office. But you are correct, hose of any kind can create stinkiness by the time you get home and take your shoes off. :)

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        They aren’t American. In this country, nude tights are totally normal at formal events – in fact people have been snippy at how inappropriate it’s been, when they have suspected the Duchess of not wearing any. Different cultural assumptions.

    • Malificent says:

      MsMileHigh, I’m assuming you’re from Denver too.

      It’s just a regional thing. In the West it’s perfectly acceptable to wear jeans to the opera. And I don’t know any businesswomen, including VPs and CEOs, who wear pantyhose here. But out East, in more formal professions, pantyhose are still expected. And I haven’t done a survey of my Brit friends, but I’m assuming it’s similar in the UK.

      I’m no fan of nylons — hot in the summer and cold in the winter — but I’m not going to harsh out on someone because their local dress standards are different.

      • HulaHoop says:

        I’m also in the West and we are def more casual out here. I honestly can’t remember the last time that I wore pantyhose and I have a professional job.

      • jenna says:

        I don’t know…I work in an office in SF and if I wear a skirt/dress to work I definitely wear nude hose or (now that it’s colder), tights. It’s too cold (even through much of the summer, thanks fog!) for bare legs and I have a hard time finding work-appropriate pants that I like. I see lots of women (young and old) on the street wearing colored tights or nude hose, so it’s not just me.

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        I’m British. It’s inappropriate to wear a skirt suit without tights in this country. Nude nylons are just what you wear – our climate’s pretty different though, in that it’s rarely that cold or that hot, so that may be partly why? But someone at an important meeting in a corporate setting barelegged would be like wearing absolutely no makeup. Not unheard of, but not the norm, and slightly slack on the grooming front.

    • alexa says:

      Nude hose make a lot of sense and have been worn by women since the 1920s (at least) until this very last decade when all of a sudden they were the worst thing in the world! All the goddesses of the silver screen wore nude hose – all stinky footed? When the weather gets cooler the barelegged look gets really bad – especially among paler skinned people who get that attractive “corned beef” look. To say nothing of the fact that it gets really cold and uncomfortable.

      Why would wearing hose of any color should make your feet particularly stinky? Do black hose have the same effect?

  12. Suze says:

    Depends on the mom. I think Carole and Kate have that type of relationship and I also have a feeling that William is probably not the best, most patient nurse. Kate might be lonely as well as sick.

    So for them, yeah, it works.

    For me and my mom – NOT SO MUCH. Heh.

  13. Buckwild says:

    Does carol have her eyeliner tattooed? I don’t see that many older ladies with strong black all around the eyes anymore. It doesn’t look too good, I hope Kate didn’t do the same thing!

    • Suze says:

      If she’s drawing it on, I wish she would stop. It makes her eyes look tiny and ages her about ten years.

      I also have to admit to an irrational dislike of the woman, based on nothing. I’ve never seen her do or say anything out of line, but there is something that comes across in her demeanor in photos that makes me think she is not a pleasant person. I think she is the true uptrady in the family.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Those of her mom in the tan coat…I seriously thought that was Pippa and had to do a double take…that is what she will look like in 10 years..esp with the eyeliner tips she takes from her mother.

      ‘Before you leave the house, add a little mystique to your look by filling in those pink edges round your eyes with a black cream or gel.’ #pippatips

    • Sassy says:

      I was thinking the same thing regarding Carole’s eyeliner. When you have small eyes, doing the black waterline eyeliner look just makes them look smaller. She should line her waterline with white or a light pencil then do a smudgy greyish tone as a definition of her eyes. Some mascara or very light false eyelashes finish it off.

  14. Astrid says:

    When I was pregnant (four times) and had morning sickness, the last thing I wanted was somebody hovering. I just wanted to “barf in peace”.

  15. Lala says:

    Well, this is all part of the plan! And goofy willie likes his mummy – in – low so much!
    Just a perfect life for Kate. No appearances, no engagements, no work. But shopping definitly doebled on the list. Like totally new wardrobe for Kate and for the little one)
    Soon we will get some pics of the whole gang, no worries.
    I just keep asking myself “will the Queen really let this mess happen?”

  16. GoodCapon says:

    I thought the Palace put out a statement that Kate is now dividing her time in Bucklebury, London and Anglesey?
    However I do think Carole visiting Kate is better. Surely Kate is advised not to do too much travelling and get just as much bed rest as possible?

    I bet Carole would reaaaally love to stay in Kensington Palace though. Goldsmith wing coming right up!

  17. Huntress says:

    *Sigh* Hyperemesis Gravidarum is not just ‘morning’ sickness, it is constant sickness.

    My cousin suffered with it for much of her pregnancy and her parents went to stay for a few weeks at a time because her husband had to work and she was so ill. It’s what caring family, who are able to, does.

    • Redheadwriter says:

      Absolutely true. This is NOT just being nauseous or throwing up occasionally. This is truly being very ill, suffering from dehydration, and very serious.

    • MollyB says:

      Not to mention she probably wants to be there just to keep an eye on her in case she needs to be rushed to the hospital again or gets faint and falls while she alone, etc. etc. I get rather exhausted of everyone trying to one up one another with their cynical conspiracy theory explanations for everything. Whatever you think of their characters, Kate is still Carole’s child and I’m sure she’s terribly worried about her.

    • Stellax2 says:

      Thank you! My sister, who is over four months pregnant, has been suffering from the same condition since the beginning. However, she has a 15 month old, a job, her husband works too and it’s tough. She hates to take off of work as she is a school teacher but she has had to during certain times.
      If Kate needs her mum, who are we to judge.
      Last weekend, I was with my sister and niece. My sister became violently ill for an elongated period of time. I quite happily took care of my niece and she thanked me profusely.
      She doesn’t want my mom and dad to move in but she appreciates her help too.
      And her husband does anything and everything to help her too.
      It’s very tough and I empathize.

  18. christinne says:

    Ok, this is creeeeepy….Pippa Kate and their mom have the raccoon black eyeliner, the same hair style with side swept bangs and they have the same purses! WTH!!!! it is just scary! is like the don’t have any identity of their own…

  19. DeltaJuliet says:

    OK….I am officially tired of Kate and done reading Kate threads :) I’ll wait for the baby pics!

  20. MrsB says:

    I can totally understand this when I’m sick, I don’t want my husband…I still want my mom. Nobody can take care of you better than your mama!

  21. Darlene says:

    I think it’s lovely she has her mom to take care of her. Sometimes you just need your mom near, especially if you have a good relationship with her. I felt that way after having my daughter. My mom was a GODSEND.

  22. mel2 says:

    Sounds like Kate prefers family over nurses and nannies. I think they dont trust alot of people nor do they want their lives invaded.

  23. Allie May says:

    With the scandal of Jacintha Saldanha (nurse that committed suicide) still going strong, it is likely Kate is also needing some moral support.

    For the latest in the scandal, seems some higher ups in the King Edward VII’s Hospital were very hard on Jacintha- that is included in one of her 3 suicide notes.

    And people (from what I have read) are asking why Kate has not had anything to say about Jacintha and criticizing her for this. I am not suggesting that she should have something to say, just what I have read. Under her ill circumstances, I would relish the moral support of my parents too (if mine were still around).

  24. PrettyTarheel says:

    I travel for work, and part of my territory is about 90 miles from my mom. I got what I believe was the Norovirus in February of 2012. IN A HAMPTON INN. It was brutal-I was so ill, and could only crawl to the bathroom and back to my bedroom. The first day, I had to call the desk clerk to bring me water from the little area downstairs. My mother drove 90 miles, booked the room next to mine, and put trays of soup and gatorade outside my room several times a day. She wouldn’t come in, and I wasn’t allowed to touch her, but I thought I was going to die, so it was heaven. I was stuck there for 4 days without moving.
    Worse. Trip. Ever.

  25. embra says:

    When my son was 15 he called me all night at work one night complaining of puking and thirst and fever and chills and diarrhea and puking-on and on, over and over-i am a nurse, i was busy, told him to wake up his dad and quit calling, just a bug, blah, blah, blah. 24 hours later-PAYBACK! Even if i could have pulled my head out of the trash can i wouldn’t have been able to hate him for the i told you so’s!

  26. Angelic 20 says:

    I am not at all a Kate fan and I think she and her whole family are most opportunist , flashy in laws that royals had, their whole life purpose seems to be excepted on higher social circle. All of their children have no life or ambition beyond cashing on royal connections and landing a noble BUT of Carole is staying with Kate then I think given the circumstances it is reasonable. It’s not like they are building a Middleton wing just for her, the apartment already have many bedrooms, so I don’t really care if she is staying. although I am sure this all tabloid rubbish because of this were a case we (british citizens) would have already know about it and media would have written many articles on this. Star is just printing lies and I don’t think it is true but as a daughter whose mother lives in another country and misses her very much especially when she is sick,i don’t think it’s a bad thing.

  27. telesma says:

    I have the not-so-maternal kind of mom, too, but if you have a mom who can make you feel safe and loved and cared for or can actually be of assistance instead of flailing and vacuuming 4 times a day instead of actually taking care of you, I imagine you would want her around when you’re sick. Very much at that.

    I think people are just being pissy about Carole Middleton. If Kate & William want her there, that’s exactly where she should be.

  28. Bucky says:

    Yeah, I can’t hate on this one. I lost my mom about a year and a half ago, and the times I’ve gotten sick since then have made me realize just how big a comfort she was to have around. If Kate and Carol can accommodate the arrangement, I say go for it.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      I lost my mom at 25 and didn’t have kids until 35. Not having her around for me as a young mom and for her grandchildren was a much greater loss than I could have anticipated.
      You’ll get through this, although I can’t say it gets easier. The only up side for me is I have tried really, really hard to be the best mom I can, although I probably would have with my mom by my side.
      A virtual embrace for you..

  29. Ravensdaughter says:

    Good-she needs her mom now, and after the baby arrives. I am sure William has had to pave the way for this with the uptight higher up Royals-kudos to him.
    C/B poster-imagine puking constantly, and how nice it would be to have someone you love holding your head gently, wiping your forehead with a cool cloth, and cleaning you up after-yes, it makes a difference, and who better to make Kate feel loved and comforted than her mom. Your comment-pretty clueless…

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Who is this to? Most of us are sharing endearing stories of our moms taking care of us and agree it’s nice to have a mom nearby.

      And how did William pave the way for anything regarding this article?

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      I agree. I never got the impression that Kate has anyone in her life (other than HER family) who actually cares about her. And even then, I wonder if they care about HER as a person, or just her as their winning lottery ticket, because if they cared about her as a person, they would have tried to do something about her eating disorder, and tried to persuade her not to run back to William after he dumped her, and tried not to let her entire personality and soul be subsumed into William.

      Yet, I’m sure they care way more for Kate than anyone else in her life. She’s surrounded by people who are paid to assist her or work for her, but who probably don’t care about her personally. Or suck-ups who don’t care about her personally. Or members of the royal family who look down on her. She never seems to have any friends around her. Only William, employees, strangers, and the Middletons. Oh, and of course, William’s friends – the same ones who made fun of her working class background. I don’t doubt that as a result, she relies more heavily on her family for emotional support and friendship than most women in their 30′s.

    • Hmmm says:

      It is only an assumption that Carole is a nurturing mom. Great warm fuzzy PR but not necessarily the truth.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        But who else has Kate got? I think her mom pimped her out, but still, nobody else is her life really cares about Kate. Sure, William cancelled his own work obligations, but we all know he was just itching for an excuse to do that. Maybe Mrs. M isn’t the most caring mother, but she was there when Kate first got really sick, when William was off hunting or shooting, or doing something by himself.

        Any woman who had a modicum of self-respect, healthy friendships, etc., didn’t want the job. William had to take a woman who gave up everything, including her own personality, to be at his beck and call. Now, the royal family doesn’t respect her, and she has nobody else in her life except her family. I think having her mother stay with her is a small bone to throw at Kate and the least the royal family can do. It’s better than nothing.

  30. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Not really that big of a deal, but Kate and Will’s Nottingham Cottage in KP has 2 bedrooms, so I highly doubt her parents are “sleeping on cots in the kitchen.” I don’t like that spin…as if they could be suffering by staying there just to watch over Kate. LOL I’m sure they are being well taken care of.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2018127/William-Kate-starter-home-Kensington-Palace-grounds.html

  31. Dibba says:

    I weep when I think about how I will never escape coverage of this story.

  32. Cathy says:

    Sometimes a girl just wants their mommy. Especially if they’re that ill. Even if all she can do is stroke her hair and hold her head while she gets sick, more power to her. I wish my mother was still alive to do that for me when I get sick. To hell with what Star and those other rags are saying. Go for it Carole.

  33. Lex says:

    Haha your story reminds me of me a few years back when I was really sick and coughing so hard that I tore some of the soft tissue between my ribs.

    I went to the doctor because it literally felt like a stab wound, it was so painful. Felt like I was slowly dying from psuedo stab wound.
    I couldn’t move, sit up (from lying) etc. It was hell.
    The doctor was like.. oh? that? pshhh here take a painkiller and ride it out…

  34. DianeP says:

    I envy Kate that she has a caring mother and that she wants her there.

    • Rumorhasit says:

      I think a lot of other people do too, and that’s why all the snarky conspiracy stories.
      The family seems close knit, and to truly care for each other.
      Pretty rare and very enviable in this age of dysfunction.

      • menlisa says:

        I totally agree.
        I never thought I would ever defend Kate but she seems as close to her mom as I am to mine.
        When I’m sick she drops everything and stays by me, I’m forever thankful.
        Our family is extremely close knit and like you said it is rare in this age.

      • Rumorhasit says:

        It’s a rare gift these days. And a sign your parents, and the Middletons also for that matter did something very right. Nothing matters as much as family. No one else is as important as your siblings and parents.
        My kids don’t get that, and I feel that’s my biggest failure as a parent. Lord knows the Middletons, and your family also deserve our envy. But on the other hand, I’m glad these types of families are out there. Sad they have become the exception, not the rule though.

  35. The Original Denise says:

    The Middleton family is a posse of opportunists; low calibre at that. Damn, I really miss Diana. The girl did not have a great education but she had tons of breeding and class.

    • Louise says:

      haha I know right? The media always say if Diana was still around she’d have “loved” the Middletons and Kate and I think erm No! Actually! If William still had a mum she would have seen straight through them, William was suckered in good and proper.

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        She didn’t see through Mohammad al Fayed. She holidayed with him after he freely told the world he bribed members of Parliament with envelopes stuffed with cash and free luxury holidays. She had an affair with his unemployed son, too.

      • LAK says:

        Actually she made fun of Mohammed behind his back. Apparently she would laugh with her girlfriends at the Harrods logo’d interiors of the jets and the homes, the OTT gaudiness of them etc. The very same girlfriends say that she had told them that once she returned to England it would all end. new leaf.

        She was happy to use them, but only because they provided toys at no financial cost to herself. Many rich people are like that. Jackie O was notorious for such behaviour.

      • Less is More says:

        Not sure William was “suckered in”. Recall William dumped Kate, then missed her enough to want to get back together, then marry.
        Kate, once dumped, went on her merry way. I don’t see how William was duped in any way by the Middleton family unless I’m missing some important information.

      • GoodCapon says:

        Kate did not go on her merry way otherwise we wouldn’t be talking about her right now. She played the press into getting William to see ‘what he was missing’. The poor boy fell for it.

        The Middletons are a close-knit family and William was attracted to that (who could blame him, really. He has a dysfunctional family) Kate knew it, Carole knew it, the entire Middleton clan knew it… and they used that family factor to reel him in.

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        LAK – I’m honestly not sure if that makes it better or worse! Still a bit stunned that she took her sons on holiday with someone who was so enmeshed in all that sleaze. Really inappropriate. I’m sad she died so young and so needlessly, and I do respect how hard she worked for a lot of causes, but….

      • LAK says:

        @Kate – i agree with your sentiment. I don’t think she ever really thought through the consequences of her actions until the damage had been done. She would then try to backpeddle. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn’t. Panorama and the loss of the HRH are best examples of both scenerios.

    • Dena says:

      @GoodCapon said:
      The Middletons are a close-knit family and William was attracted to that (who could blame him, really. He has a dysfunctional family) Kate knew it, Carole knew it, the entire Middleton clan knew it… and they used that family factor to reel him in.

      Dena says: Exactly this!!!!

  36. BELLA says:

    WHO ELSE COULD YOU FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH ,WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE THAT? I LOVE YOU MOM…

  37. Louise says:

    Any excuse for Carole to get her foot in the door, given half a chance she’d be sleeping at Buckingham Palace. They’ll go so far..

    And yep, always have my mum around when I’m sick. She doesn’t smother me but does check if I’m okay, need anything, brings water or soup or biscuits, tries to tempt :) And few pats and smooths don’t go astray! Always feel better when my mums helping me when I’m sick.

  38. j.eyre says:

    A mother-in-law never adds tension to an already stressful. I can’t see where this plan will backfire.

  39. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Yeah, I think at this point the younger generation of royals (at least, Charles, Camilla, William, and Kate) are just biding their time until the Queen and Prince Phillip kick the bucket. Once that happens, the Middletons will probably be more accepted by the remaining royal family. Considering that the younger generation all married peasants, I think the class distinction of Elizabeth’s time will not play as big a role.

    Of course, Elizabeth’s work ethic will also die with her.

  40. India says:

    I tell you what, that Carole is one mean looking woman. She looks like a slithery reptile. I bet she could not wait to position herself in KP. Lord help the RF.

  41. Hmmm says:

    Given the relentless, grubby, social climbing ambitions of the Middletons, it is no surprise that Carole is playing the palace. If this were a normal mother, everyone would be going ‘awwww’. You just know that a ‘Goldsmith’ wing is hanging in the balance.

  42. Martyn says:

    I have terrible morning sickness right now. It would be wonderful to have someone stay home with me. Preparing food is necessary because if I don’t eat, the nausea gets worse. But preparing food also makes me feel terrible. It would also be nice to have someone to talk to and keep me company while I watch bad tv and feel like crap. I totally feel for Kate. I am sure her ms is even worse than mine, and I have the luxury of privacy. I had a miscarriage in July, so am keeping this pregnancy secret until Christmas.

  43. ruby says:

    I wouldn’t get it, my mum’s never been good at taking care of us when we were sick. It does sound like Carole wants to assert her place in the family, I can’t imagine it must be very nice for the husband (William).

    I mean, typically in my family the new grandma (and grandpa sometimes) will come around when her daughter has a child and take care of the house and cooking and other children if there are any for a few weeks to help the mother get going. But to be there from the beginning of the pregnancy sounds like a bit too much in my opinion. I wouldn’t want that, to feel dependant.
    Oh well, it’s her life, and Kate doesn’t seem to have any problem being dependant on other people.

    On another note I had forgotten what an unattractive bunch the Middletons are. Carole, ugh, not aging well, and that eyeliner is such an eyesore. Her daughters look so much like her ! And James… let’s just say if Kate has a son I hope for his sake he is nothing like his uncle.

    • apsutter says:

      I totally understand why her mom is so involved. If I was pregnant I’d want my mom there every step of the way. Plus I think it’s different for a mom when your daughter is the one who’s pregnant. My mom has two grandkids from my brothers and she can’t be involved as she’d like because they have their own mums to turn to.

  44. Cazzie says:

    Carole Middleton is a MOGUL.

    Kris Jenner, eat your heart out!

  45. apsutter says:

    This isn’t a surprise at all. She’s very close to her mom and I know if I was as sick as Kate is the only person I would want around is my mom.

  46. Layale says:

    I had to get IV fluids to prevent dehydration when I was pregnant. Perhaps Kate is at home getting those, to prevent anymore Hospital mishaps? This could mean she would need some help. Just saying. I’m not a Kate fan, but I’m not against her either. So, I am only speculating that perhaps her mother really is there to help more than we might realize.

  47. Agnes says:

    Granted, my all-day morning sickness wasn’t as bad as hers, but there truly wasn’t anything anyone could do. If there was, my husband would have done it. It’s just one of those things you have to ride out, or take meds for if it’s severe and interferes with your intake of food and drink.

  48. boredsuburbanhousewife says:

    1. With a first pregnancy, especially a difficult one, it’s totally normal for your mom to move in and take care of you and the new baby for a while. I remember with my first, on first day home from hospital, could not get him to stop crying, etc. — called pediatrician with my tales of woe — upshot “Call your mother.” It worked.

    2. That said, something about this story of Carole getting to move into Kensington Palace immediately made me think of that viral video of the little kid on Xmas morning screaming hysterically “I….GGGOOOTTTTT….MMMMYYYY….DDDDREEEEEEAAAAAAM!”

  49. Tinka says:

    Well, I guess if you’ve had such severe morning sickness that you’ve been hospitalized for dehydration and malnutrition, you might want someone to be there 24/7 for awhile.

  50. LAK says:

    it’s wierd how people discuss Kate being alone at home sick at the palace as if she is ALONE. in. an. empty. building. apartment.house etc

    The Palace is manned 24/7 with household staff and you can bet that for the potential new heir to the throne, no one is going to be leaving Kate alone at any moment of the day.

    Her mother/William may be near her for that personal touch but she is not alone.

    Similarly, whatever illness she’s got, whether it’s HG or just sniffles, her level of medical care is the best in the world. Frankly she is completely wrapped in cotton wool so that should she so much as break a finger nail, it will be defcon alert to make her feel and heal better.

    • lin234 says:

      Exactly! It’s why the royals live well into their 90′s.

    • ??? says:

      Which is exactly why I, personally, have a tough time feeling sympathetic toward Kate. Am I compassionate toward her current health complications? Yes. Am I sympathetic toward her overall situation? No.

      She should by all means get the medical attention and support she needs while pregnant (and if this includes having her mother around, then so be it), especially while her health is fragile, as no woman should have to suffer without proper prenatal care. But she is obviously someone who is in a position to have full access to it, and to the best possible forms of it, at that. She is incredibly fortunate in that way.

      So every time the media puts the “poor Kate, she’s such a trooper/martyr, carrying on so bravely in the face of such difficulty, blahblahblah” spin on whatever her current situation is, I want to blow chunks. She aspired to this life. She got it. Her primary duty is to bake a royal bun plus one. She’s fulfilling part of her contract.

      May she have as smooth and healthy a pregnancy as possible, but as you stated, she’s in good — no, actually, GREAT — hands. I doubt there’s very much room for error when it comes to the care she’s being afforded as the bun bakes. She’ll be fine and doesn’t need to be treated like any more of a woman-child than she already seems to be.

    • Dena says:

      Thank you! I was scrolling the comments looking for just that comment. I was going to make it if someone hadn’t.

      No, I am not the warm fuzzy boo-boo-coo-coo holding hands and wiping foreheads type. I am the “just please leave me alone” type. However, if I have friends and family who require/need it or if their situation warrants it, then I will hunker down and do it.

      I hope Kate will feel better (as I would hope for any woman). Her mom should check on her. If I had a daughter I would check on her. It’s usually what mom’s do (for the most part). So, Carole going down to check on Kate shouldn’t be or isn’t out of the ordinary or even special. But people shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that Kate is not being asked to manage all alone in some shack, with dirt floors, or denied of modern medicine (like some women across do everyday). Frankly, I am just of her being treated like a helpless, fragile infant who is new to the world and must be protected and coddled. She’s 30!

      And, yes, the cynic in me is saying that Carole is there saying “Milk this right for public sympathy and we got this for good. After all, who would bash a sick and pregnant woman? Once the baby arrives all of that work-shy business will fall to the wayside. Plus William will have his own family. He will be wrapped (or plucked) right n’ tight. My investment in you has paid off better than I could have imagined. Give Moma a hug. Now ring the bell for a servant. I’m famished.”

  51. Aurelia says:

    Ha ha, yes indeed. Diana would have loved kate! My ass. Diana would have dispensed with the likes of “cling on” waitey at university. Diana always had in mind Charlotte Cassaraghi for William. So the coal miners grandaughter would not have worked.

    William is addicted to Kates family. Not nec her.

    P.S Kate and william need to man up. Bloody hell she is a 30 year old woman. Get a grip.

  52. Andrea says:

    I knew a girl once who bemoaned that her bf wasn’t going to stay over for the night. She didn’t know if she could sleep without him. Waity katey has always seemed the desperate, clingy type, which is exactly why William said, “i’m free!” whe he broke up with her. Her family is the family he never had and he is in love with them as much if not more than with kate herself. odd matchup.

  53. DD says:

    So? Anne Boyln’s parents lived in the Tudor castle. So did Jane Seymore’s. It’s not like the Middleton’s have to sleep on a pull out sofa in the living room. Seperate apartments for guests are the norm in a castle. If Kate wants her mom, she should have her.

  54. Less is More says:

    Still don’t think Middletons took advantage of William.
    Kate was dumped. The press followed her trying to get her to talk. She wouldn’t.
    William missed her, married her.
    I suspect the Royals wanted William to marry a titled woman and he caved by dumping Kate. Then he got rebellious and went after her again.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      -The press followed Kate around because she called them. Kate dropped weight and dated within William’s circle to make him jealous under advisement of her mother.

      -Kate was dumped more than once and William was a cheater, yet she went back.

      - William searched for anyone who would get serious with him, but no one with a title or career or self respect wanted the job.

      -With the press playing the poor Kate got strung along for years by William angle he returned and proposed. She was his only option. And she proved she could do the job after years of putting up with him and looking the other way to his behavior.

      Neither she nor the Middleton clan will ever talk back to William and he willingly (allegedly) helped them pay for their new, HUGE estate so no. They are not taking advantage of him, but they saw an opportunity and played him like grifters.

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        I don’t think he paid for it. I think the brother who had the drug problem did, but the scandal means nobody acknowledges it. I don’t mean to denigrate the fact they have a good little business, and work hard, it’s just that their lifestyle is way beyond what that size of company could support, IMO. And I seem to remember reading that he sold his business (a legit IT one, no scandal in that) for 100 million or something equally staggering. That makes him a LOT richer than William, at the moment. I would imagine he also paid for the Middleton’s share of the wedding, because it has to have cost more than they could comfortably afford. I don’t really see a problem with that, given the money was earned fair and square and he’s close family. But I can see why they won’t want to admit to it, too – he embarrassed them all really badly.

      • India says:

        Yes, I would say the Middletons are first class grifters. Great call Alexandra.

      • lin234 says:

        I found it weird how Kate’s parents are supposedly very wealthy but they had Will put in a million or so dollars to help them buy their new place?

        If they need Will’s money, why move into a bigger place now that it’s just the two of them? You’ve got to give it to Carole for helping Kate get William.

      • Less is More says:

        So William and Kate don’t have a real love match?

      • LAK says:

        Less is More – It’s definitely not the fairytale lovestory the media would have you believe.

        As James Whitaker famously said,’ he loves her, but he isn’t in love with her.’

        William is a fool for allowing himself to be bullied by the media into repeating his father’s mistake as they did with his father.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        less is more. Who knows. I have aunts and uncles that have arranged marriages and they say love grows in time. Not that this is arranged. Kate clearly adores William, but he has treated her so terribly and acts like such a spoiled child when things don’t go as he likes that I can’t imagine him having a healthy concept of love in a give and take capacity.

        Kate (newer one) ‘the Mids do live a very luxurious lifestyle, but they will never disclose their annual earnings so we’ll never know if they can afford it. There are $candal$ with Carol’s brother, but haven’t they distanced themselves from him and his money since William has been around? $100mill is a lot, but you can burn through that keeping up with the Windsors.
        And doesn’t William have access to more than his private worth? He has the money Diana left, but he must get more. Like Kate uses Charles credit card for her shopping and styling budget.

  55. Moi says:

    When I was pregnant, I needed my mom badly. It was like I needed “my mommy” again like I was 5. But after my daughter was born, it became a little suffocating and I politely told her that we (my husband and I) could handle things from that point. So with Kate being as ill as she is, I could see her wanting her mother there a lot right now. And being a mom, I could say that I wouldn’t even be thinking about any royal aspect of the situation, just wanting to take care of my kiddo.

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      Yes! I was exactly the same. I’m not close to my mother normally, even, but when I was pregnant (and I had a horrible pregnancy, really horrible) I needed my mother so much. It was almost like a hormone thing, because I was like a little kid, just as you say, in how much I wanted her around. My mother was also very nurturing then in a way that just is not her – she was never the pinny and cakebaking type at all. When I was pregnant, she was amazing.

  56. NYCGAL says:

    Having my mom (and dad!) around make everything better!

  57. June says:

    hmmm, since when is kate fraigle??? i always thought she was a sporty, athletic and physically tough kind of woman.

  58. khaveman says:

    I could see she’d want her mom around during a difficult first pregnancy. Sheesh cut her a little slack. As long as her mom is being polite and not swanning around as if she is royal, then I say let the woman have some maternal support? She and her folks are close. I can see this happening anyway.

  59. Grifters says:

    You know when the entire world will see Carole’s true colors, “in about 6 yrs or so when William and Kate are going through a separation-divorce and Carole ends up choosing William side over Kate;s.

    Carole and the Middleton’s are just full on opportunists. They are users. I think the only person in the Palace who likes them is Wlliam.

  60. Carolyn says:

    This is going to be a looooong pregnancy. I get it that the child will be the heir to the throne (and not a spare) and happy that Wills & Kate are expecting, but I am just not interested in every minute detail. It’s all a bit Jessica-Simpson-like TMI.

    Carole is nurturing. She raised her girls to land very wealthy highprofile men. It worked out well for Kate. Not so well for Pippa…. :(

  61. Mom says:

    My mother came 3 weeks before my c-section and stayed 4 weeks after. I couldn’t have done it without her. Some women just bounce back after c-section. I didn’t.

    Mrs. Middleton, I just want her coat!