Prince William Says He Wishes Kate Were by His Side During Solo Engagement

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Prince William wants Princess Kate back in the spotlight as much as we do.

Today, the Prince of Wales made a subtle nod to his wife at a conference for Homewards Sheffield Local Coalition to talk about ways to help end homelessness.

During the event, held in South Yorkshire city in north-central England, the royal took some selfies with attendees and chatted with them.

He also spoke with Sheffield City Council chief executive Kate Josephs, who brought up the topic of child care. With a smile, William said, “That's my wife’s territory; she needs to be sat here.”

(As readers know, Kate has devoted much of her work as a royal to supporting early childhood development, and even founded her very own Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.)

Another conference attendee also reportedly handed William a “Get well” card for Kate, to which the prince allegedly replied, “You really are very kind.”

William’s sweet mention comes one day after Kate was finally spotted out and about—looking casual in leggings and a hoodie while shopping at a farmer’s market with William near their Windsor home. An observer noted that she looked “happy, relaxed, and healthy.”

A source close to the situation told Bazaar.com last week that Kate had stepped out several times since her abdominal surgery in January, and had been “smiling, upbeat,” and “doing well, all things considered.”

Kate made her last public appearance on December 25 during the royal family’s traditional walk to Christmas morning service in Sandringham. Then, in mid-January, Kensington Palace announced in that the princess would not return to public duties until after Easter, or March 31—language which they have since reiterated amid the public’s growing concern over Kate’s whereabouts.

“[This situation] has caused some stress for the princess, but she tends not to pay attention to online chatter or even the press,” a source told Bazaar last week. “I think people forget that this was simply a mother wanting her family to look their best in a photograph that was going to be heavily scrutinized. She was protecting her children.”

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