KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, has been struck by the death of her former antenatal teacher.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be sad this morning after the news Christine Hill, who prepared them for the birth of their first child Prince George, has died aged 74. A spokesman for the obstetric physiotherapist’s family said: “She will be achingly missed.
“Her feisty, amusing, straightfoward demeanour won her many friends.”
Due to security fears Kate could not attend Ms Hill’s public antenatal classes in 2013
But she is thought to have had one-to-one sessions with Ms Hill in her conservatory at her home near the Thames in west London before the birth of her first child, George.
Prince William is understood to have attended one session where he learned the important task of fastening the baby in the seat in the back of their car, according to the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden.
Ms Hill, who had three children, previously described Kate and William as “a very strong team” and said of the duke: “Prince William will be doing the right stuff on the day.”
She also described Duchess Kate as “a delightful girl” telling the Telegraph: “What you see is what you get”.
Ms Hill began her antenatal classes in 1935 with talking classes aimed at helping pregnant woman with teachings about biology and reality of giving birth with the help of diagrams and models.
Kate and Prince William are now parents to three children, George, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.
The duchess delivered all three of her children at the Lindo Wing.
She serves as patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists while Anne, who has two children, is the patron of the Royal College of Midwives.
Kate and previously been open in the past about life with her young family and what it is like raising children.
She has also opened up about suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which caused severe vomiting during her pregnancies.
Speaking during her first podcast interview, Kate said the illness meant she was “not the happiest of pregnant people”.
In 2020, the Duchess sat down with Giovanna Fletcher for an episode of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.
She told Ms Fletcher that having tried everything to overcome the illness, she realised the importance of “mind over body”.
The Duchess joked: “I’m not going to say that William was standing there sort of, chanting sweet nothings at me.
“He definitely wasn’t. I didn’t even ask him about it, but it was just something I wanted to do for myself.”