'Get well soon, sis': Prince Harry sends touching text message of support for Kate from the front line in Afghanistan
11:53 GMT, 5 December 2012
Delighted Prince Harry has sent his pregnant sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge a touching get well message from his camp in Afghanistan.
The Prince, 28, is serving in the war-torn country as an Apache helicopter co-pilot gunner – but still found time to send a heartfelt message saying: 'Get well soon, sis' to Kate, who is in hospital recovering from acute nausea, The Sun reported.
The youngest son of Prince Charles, who is due to return to Britain in January after four months on duty, was one of the first members of the Royal family to learn about the Duchess's pregnancy.
The Duchess received a message of 'get well soon' from her brother-in-law Prince Harry
Prince Harry is delighted at the news
A source told the newspaper that Harry was ecstatic to hear the news.
They said: 'He's really looking forward to coming back and can't wait to be an uncle.'
A Royal spokesman said they would not comment on the reports of the message.
Kate, who is believed to be just eight weeks pregnant, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Monday, after suffering severe morning sickness.
The 30-year-old, who married Prince William last year, has been placed on a drip to receive vital fluids which will prevent her from getting dehydrated.
Prince William, also 30, spent six hours by his wife's bedside yesterday, after he had taken her to hospital when she fell ill at her parent's home in Berkshire at the beginning of the week.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: 'The Duchess of Cambridge is continuing to feel better.
'She and the Duke are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received.
'She will remain in hospital at present and will continue to be treated for Hyperemesis Gravidarum.'
The condition means that Kate, who is being cared for by two of the Queen’s personal doctors as well as the hospital’s own medical staff, may be forced to remain in the capital for the foreseeable future instead of returning to her and husband's rented farmhouse on Anglesey in North Wales, close to RAF Valley, the base where William is a Search and Rescue helicopter pilot.
Although the young royal couple are said to be thrilled at the Duchess’s pregnancy, it could not have come at a more chaotic time for them.
The Duke is about to make one of the biggest decisions of his life so far – whether to extend his time in the RAF or quit to become a full-time working royal.
And to make matters worse, the couple still won’t have a permanent home by the time the baby is born early next summer.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is recovering from severe nausea and has been placed on a drip
Prince William leaves the King Edward VII Hospital after spending hours by his wife's bedside
The Duke and Duchess's planned move to their new apartment in Kensington Palace is now unlikely to take place until October 2013.
Contractors refurbishing the apartment, which used to belong to Princess Margaret, have uncovered asbestos which has to be cleared before the couple – let alone a newborn baby – can move in.
The couple's first child will push Prince Harry into fourth place in the line of succession to the throne – even if they have a girl.
Prince William and Kate's child would move into third place, become more important than Harry and not be subject to the centuries-old law of primogeniture, which puts male heirs ahead of women.
He or she will leapfrog Harry by being be the first born of first-in-line Prince Charles's first son.
The baby will be third in line to the throne regardless of gender after Prime Minister David Cameron agreed a deal in October last year with other Commonwealth countries to change the rules on the royal line of succession which means male heirs will no longer be given priority.
This means that in the 15 other countries where the Queen is head of state the rules must be changed.