Prince William jokes about wife Kate's illness

2012-12-09 02:11:08 GMT2012-12-09 10:11:08(Beijing Time)

The Duke of Cambridge has joked that morning sickness should be renamed as Kate suffered it all day and night.

Prince William, 30, made the quip this evening as he went solo for the first time since the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, also 30, was discharged from hospital.He attended aglittering charity tennis gala, the Winter Whites Gala, held in aid of homeless charity Centrepoint, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

He was due to be accompanied by the Duchess, but she is resting after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute - and potentially dangerous - form of morning sickness.

The Duke, who is patron of Centrepoint, was congratulated by many on the news that a baby is on the way.Former Centrepoint chairman Michael O'Higgins said: 'He said they shouldn't call it morning sickness as it's a day and all night sickness.'All I've seen of him is his amazing ability to relate to people and I think the care he's shown for his wife this week says a lot.'

Prince William, looking smart in black tie, joined tennis greats John McEnroe, Björn Borg and Boris Becker as well as celebrities including Sam Branson and Sadie Frost at the event.The Royal Albert Hall was turned into a winter wonderland.

Inside, guests were greeted by actors dressed in costumes with a Dr Zhivago theme.

The Duke said it was a 'great pleasure' to be at the charity event as he later gave a speech.He told guests that some of the most inspiring moments of his life had been with the young people of Centrepoint.

Referring to the night he spent on the streets in 2009 to experience what it is like sleeping rough, he said: 'Of course, this was just one night.I was cold but safe, and I knew I had a home waiting for me.Many others have no such luck. The cold streets are the only reality they know.And yet so often their spirit shines through.What these unfortunate men, women and young people could achieve given the right opportunities is limitless. I really believe that.'

Centrepoint hasn't given up on that ideal.'These deserving young people haven't given up.'Former British number one Tim Henman won a match against Croatian Goran Ivanisevic at the gala.Kate's brother James Middleton also watched the game in a separate box from William.

The event ended with William presenting the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award to Novak Djokovic.

The world number one, who is a Unicef ambassador, was recognised for his humanitarian work to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood education in Serbia.

Tim said: 'William seemed in good spirits. I just congratulated him on the impending birth and obviously said I hoped she was feeling better.'

The Duke laughed in disbelief as he spoke to some guests who had travelled all the way from the U.S. to attend the event.

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