• Kate admits to pregnancy nerves as she returns to work with baby bump

    Kate Middleton visited Hope House woman's shelter on Tuesday morning and used the occasion to speak about her pregnancy for the first time, striking up maternal solidarity with residents.  During the visit, Kate was asked by a client named Lisa whether she was nervous about giving birth to her baby in July; Kate told the mother-of-three it would be "unnatural" if she wasn't. With motherhood clearly on her mind, Kate – whose rounded tummy was clearly visible in her grey jersey MaxMara print dress with V-neck and ruched waist – was drawn to the children who had turned up to see her, and was particularly taken with one little girl who presented

  • 'She is an intelligent woman': Kate's charity colleagues react to Hilary Mantel comments

    Action on Addiction chief executive Nick Barton welcomed Kate Middleton to Hope House after defending her against controversial criticism made by author Hilary Mantel. Booker Prize-winning author Hilary had described Kate has having no personality and a "perfect plastic smile". Nick disagrees with Hilary's description. "I can only speak of what I know, and having met the Duchess several times I find her to be engaging, natural and genuinely interested in the subject," he said.   "You can tell a lot about someone from the questions they ask and she asks really good questions, the questions of someone who wants