Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Prince William in saddle as Kate's date comes and goes

Duke of Cambridge in action during The Jerudong Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club in Cirencester
Duke of Cambridge in action during The Jerudong Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club in Cirencester

The Duke of Cambridge has been back in the saddle as his pregnant wife's due date came and went.

While Prince William took part in two polo tournaments at the weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge was reportedly relaxing at her parents' £4.7m mansion.

Meanwhile, a poll has suggested that the public believes Kate should be a stay-at-home mother and not rely on a nanny to help bring up her baby.

And three-quarters of the 1,000 people surveyed for the Mail on Sunday said they believed William should continue to work as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

Just over half (56%) believed Kate should cut back significantly on her royal duties once the baby is born. It is thought she is likely to return to her role in the autumn.

Kate's due date was believed to have been Saturday, but with no sign of the new arrival, she reportedly told William to go and enjoy himself.

"It was William who said he'd be by Kate's side at her mum's but she urged him to play polo," a royal source told the Sunday People.

"Of course, it's a big thing to be having your first baby, but for the moment Kate wants to lead as normal a life as possible.

"William has been booked to play at these matches for some time and she thinks he is right to still go."

The source continued: "It's not that far from Kate or the hospital and she feels fine, so she's told him to go.

"But Wills is just like any other new dad – he's torn between doing something he loves and wanting to do the right thing by his wife."

William looked relaxed as he played in a team alongside his brother, Prince Harry.

The future king chatted to well-wishers during breaks in play at the Jerudong Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

William got on the scoresheet to give his team a half-time lead, but the princes' side eventually lost.

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