Prince William gives major health update about Kate during hospital visit

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Cornwall when in Cornwall, during a visit to St. Mary's Community Hospital, Isles of Scilly -Credit:PA
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Cornwall when in Cornwall, during a visit to St. Mary's Community Hospital, Isles of Scilly -Credit:PA

During a hospital visit in the Scilly Isles, Prince William shared a significant update on Kate Middleton's health condition. It was the future King's first official trip since inheriting the Duchy of Cornwall.

William, known locally as the Duke of Cornwall, arrived in St Mary's via water transport from Tresco, a neighbouring smaller island. A vehicle took him from the harbour to the St Mary's Community Hospital, where he interacted with the staff and was informed about the imminent extensive expansion plans.

As part of the growth plan, a novel health care and social facility would be erected on Duchy of Cornwall land. The Prince of Wales seemed keen to grasp how the project was progressing, reports the Mirror.

He expressed to several staff members that he was eager to understand more about what was necessary on the islands, also how the Duchy could contribute. He told staff: "Keep flagging anything else that we can do," adding: "I'm hoping to do more down here where you guys want it."

Later on, he mentioned to another group: "We have got to work to do better. I don't have all the answers but I'm just trying to learn my way around and work out what needs doing."

Upon his arrival, the administrative head of the hospital, Tracy Smith, welcomed the Prince.

She later recounted: "I asked how Princess Kate was and how the children were and said I hoped they would enjoy some time here over the summer. He said he would very much like that to be able to happen."

The Prince and Princess of Wales often take their three children to Tresco during the holidays, a tradition cherished by William from his own youth.

Upon alighting from The Pegasus, flying the Duke of Cornwall flag, Prince William was greeted with cheers from the crowd gathered at the harbour. He praised the "glorious" weather before heading to On the Quay cafe, where he purchased five traditional pasties at £5.50 apiece.

Joely Dearman, 22, and Zachariah Fox, 28, seasonal workers from North Devon, served him.

"Busy this morning? What's selling quickest? " inquired the Prince, curious about the day's trade. He shared with the staff how hard it was to leave Tresco earlier due to the splendid weather.

"I got in the sea yesterday, it was very nice," he confided.

William queried Joely and Zachariah about their residency on the island and then engaged them in conversation about the World Pilot Gig Championships that took place there the previous weekend. "How many gigs were there? " he questioned, acknowledging the event's growth each year.

Zachairah informed him of the roughly 420 teams participating, noting that the buzz was beneficial for the island and "good for business".

The Prince also recalled "Wally the Walrus", a walrus who had to be enticed away from the harbour in 2021 after causing damage to the vessels. He eventually purchased pasties from a staff member, acknowledging the crowd waiting outside.

"What kind of pasty would you like? " Zachariah asked.

"I'll take the traditional one," William replied. "Five.. they're not all for me."

Outside, the heir to the throne was met by tourists lined up on the harbour.

"My family are very upset I'm here without them," he laughed. "The children will kill me if I don't go home later."

He inquired if they were waiting to catch a boat. "We're waiting for you! " one woman replied.

"I'm never sure," William laughed. The Prince proceeded to meet representatives from local businesses on the harbour front on St Mary's, the largest of the Scilly islands.

The harbour, managed by the Duchy of Cornwall, serves as the maritime gateway to the islands and is a vital part of the community, which relies heavily on tourism.

It caters to passengers and vessels travelling to the Isles of Scilly, ranging from 'Tripper Boats' and sail training vessels to fishing boats and those carrying special cargo deliveries. William made his way to the water to meet a gig boat team from the "Zelda" who secured third place at the championships the previous weekend.

The gig team, all born and bred Scillonians, have been rowing together for years, and finally achieved a podium finish this year after several fourth-place finishes.

William chatted to local resident Sue Badcock, who works in the ticket office at the harbour. He admitted he hadn't realised the significance of the gig team's triumph.

"This is your spot? " he asked Mrs Badcock. "Have you been here for ages then? ".

Admiring the weather again, he told her: "I was dragging my heels getting off Tresco in the sunshine."

As William chatted, a lone protestor in the crowd shouted: "The Duchy takes money from the people who live here."

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But those around her started clapping and cheering to drown out her chants.

The Prince shook hands with several passersby before crouching down to greet a group of schoolchildren in Year Two at Five Islands Academy, which serves the islands of Bryher, St Agnes, St Martin's, St Mary's and Tresco.

After greeting them all and asking how school was going, some of them had a question. A little nervous in the presence of royalty, they had to be coaxed by their teacher to deliver their prepared lines.

"What's the question?" William asked a little girl called Florence. "Is the King's son allowed to have lunch with us? " she inquired.

The Prince echoed her query as he pondered the appropriate response. "Yes," he finally answered.

"Is that OK? " Upon being informed it was fish pie for lunch, he remarked: "Fish pie? Delicious. I've got a pasty from the shop so I'm going to have one of those later."

He queried about the children's journey to St Mary's, asking, "When the weather's not nice, is it bad on the boat? " A youngster posed another question: "Who's your best guard? " William chuckled and said: "That's a very complicated question", indicating the various protection officers in the vicinity. "There's a small one, Paul, he's very good," he noted, pointing out Paul.

"He's nice."

Another lad quizzed William on his favourite colour. "I'm going to go blue," he declared.

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