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Prince William, sans Kate, graces 'Hobbit' red carpet in UK

LONDON (AP) -- Prince William is joining stars such as Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett on the red carpet in London for the U.K. premiere of "The Hobbit," the first part of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" prelude.

William's pregnant wife, Duchess Kate, is missing from the prince's arm -- she cancelled her appearance at the premiere due to acute morning sickness.

Bing: Peter Jackson defends 'Hobbit'

McKellen, who plays the wizard Gandalf in the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's work, told reporters Wednesday that it "feels proper" to celebrate the film in London, given that a large part of the cast is British and Tolkien was an English writer.

Blanchett, who plays elf queen Galadriel, said it was great to see so many fans turn out, considering the cold weather was "enough to drive anyone away."

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Since when does Prince William have no right to do anything without Kate attached to his hip?  I'm sure, as nice as the young man is, he has been sympathetic toward her and I see no wrong that he took a likely rare opportunity to get out for a bit, see a movie, and make a public appearance.  SO WHAT?
Dec 13, 2012 1:30PM
His "job" is basically to be in the public light, behave himself and at least appear concerned about the people of the United Kingdom. 
Dec 13, 2012 10:24AM
Who cares? Why is this even a story? This isn't even British media! Our US media is all obsessed over their royal family to the point where they likely will soon document when they take a piss. Why do I need to know that Prince William showed up on the red carpet to see the Hobbit, and that Kate wasn't there? Wtf!
Dec 13, 2012 7:58PM
Axlegrease and Someone -- you people are sick.
Dec 13, 2012 11:04AM

Was Kate OK? Did someone stay at her bedside while the Prince was out ho'ing?  And who made dinner for the Prince while his lazy wife is resting in bed? Is the Prince OK? Does he need some suga'? Maybe when he gets home he can spank her and do the nasty. Maybe she can get sick on him.

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