HARROGATE - JULY 05: (FRANCE OUT) Princess Kate Middleton And Prince William during Stage 1 of the Tour de France on Saturday 05 July, 2014, Harrogate, England. (Photo by James Startt/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit The Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins, commemortating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of First World War on August 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, center, speak with French President Francois Hollande as they participate in a commemoration ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I at the Cointe Allies' Memorial in Liege, Belgium on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. The ceremony pays homage to the victims of the war, both soldiers and civilians, from Belgium and abroad, who lost their lives on Belgian soil. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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LONDON (AP) - Prince William will replace his wife Kate on this weekend's official visit to Malta because the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is still suffering from acute morning sickness.
Palace officials said Thursday the decision to cancel what would have been Kate's first official solo voyage overseas was made in consultation with her doctors.
The palace said William will instead represent his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Malta's independence.
The duchess is in the first 12 weeks of her second pregnancy. She has suffered acute morning sickness during the early phases of both pregnancies and has curtailed her royal engagements in the past two weeks.