Kate Middleton Receives Heartbreaking News That Her Baby Confidante Has Died

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Kate Middleton is grieving the death of her baby confidante, Christine Hill, the antenatal expert who helped prepare her for the birth of Prince George.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent time with her ahead of their first-born's arrival on July 22 2013.

Middleton and Prince William occasionally visited her West London home for advice and medical guidance.

Hill died aged 74, and a spokesperson from her family told Daily Mail's Eden Confidential column: 'She will be achingly missed. Her feisty, amusing, straightforward demeanour won her many friends.'

Prior to now, Hill spoke adoringly of her time with the 40-year-old mother-of-two, telling the Telegraph that Middleton is 'delightful.'

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

She also spoke of how real and transparent the duchess is, adding: 'What you see is what you get.'

Hill addressed Middleton and Prince William as a couple, deeming them 'a very strong team', and indicated that the duke would provide the best support to his wife when it was time to go into labour.

'She said at the time: 'Prince William will be doing the right stuff on the day.'

Middleton, who shares Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven and Prince Louis, four with Prince William had difficult pregnancies.

She opened up about her 'terrifying' postpartum experience at Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London when speaking on Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, saying: 'Yeah, slightly terrifying, slightly terrifying, I’m not going to lie.'

Middleton, who had severe pregnancy sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum with all three of her children, admitted: '[It was] utterly rotten.

'I was really sick. I wasn't eating the things I should be eating and yet the body was still able to take all the goodness from my body and to grow new life, which I think is fascinating.'

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Photo credit: Oli Scarff - Getty Images

Referring to her husband, she added: 'William didn't feel he could do much to help and it's hard to see you're suffering without actually being able to do anything about it.'

She also compared her pregnancies with being in labour, saying: 'Because it had been so bad during pregnancy, I actually really quite liked labour…

'Because actually it was an event that I knew there was going to be an ending to! But I know some people have really, really difficult times, so it's not for everybody. No pregnancy is the same, no birth is the same.'

In April, the Royal Patron of Place2Be, visited the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to raise awareness of women's healthcare.

She was joined by the Queen's daughter Princess Anne.

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