‘I can’t stop crying’: ‘I don’t even know what to say’
The Duchess of Cambridge’s father is calling for an investigation into a ‘horrific’ restaurant shortage and for her to be taken off the Gold Coast.
The Australian of the Year’s mother, Duchess Catherine, is due to return to Australia next week after a month on the Gold Beach.
In a video posted to Instagram, her father, Lord Andrew, says the Duchess of Sussex was forced to return because the food supply at the restaurant in Bayswater, Queensland, was ‘so bad’.
‘They couldn’t supply the meals at all.
The kitchen staff had to be brought in and the food was being shipped to the hotel from the mainland, which was absolutely horrific, and I can’t tell you how bad it was,’ he said.
‘The food is really bad.
It’s really bad and they just couldn’t do anything about it.
I’ve never seen something like that.
I’ve never known anything like it.’
The Duke of Cambridge said she could not stop crying during her visit to the restaurant because she was so upset.
Lady Andrew, a former MP, said he had been told that his wife’s health was being ‘under threat’.
He said he believed the Duchess had been put on leave because she had to visit the restaurant after receiving medical treatment in the Philippines.
A spokesperson for the restaurant said they were ‘currently unable to provide a list of guests to serve’.
A number of food outlets in Brisbane have closed in recent weeks, including the Gold Spot, which has also announced it will close in March.
Duchess Catherine, who is due back in Australia next month, will have her passport confiscated and be forced to travel abroad on her own.
She is scheduled to travel to Japan next week.
Lord Andrew told ABC News Breakfast: ‘It’s just a horrible situation.
It is very sad.
It just feels as if it’s going to be impossible to help.’
We just want to make sure that she gets the help that she needs and that she can go back and see her family.’
A spokeswoman for the Gold Spots confirmed the restaurant’s closure was the result of ‘internal issues’, but said they are ‘actively working to reopen’.
The Duchess’s father, who also chairs the Royal British Legion, said his daughter was ‘unable to cope’ with the situation.
He says he has asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate.
This morning, she is expected to visit a church in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, the Duchess will be joined by a group of high-profile Australian celebrities for a visit to Australia.
They include actor Mark Wahlberg, actress Melissa Leo, tennis star Serena Williams and rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott also paid tribute to the Duchess at a press conference.
Ms Wahlburg tweeted a photo of her and the Duchess smiling.
Kendrick Lamar posted a message on Instagram: ‘Rest in peace, the best of luck, my friend.’
Lady Catherine also released a statement on Facebook.
Her mother, Lord George, said: ‘My deepest sympathies to my beloved daughter.
I want to express my sincere and heartfelt sympathy for the people of Queensland.
It is absolutely appalling.
She has lost so much.
Please know my prayers go out to her family, friends and the Gold Country community at this time.’
Mr Wahlheim posted a video on Instagram with a photo and a message.
“I’m really saddened and devastated,” he said, adding: ‘We are all in shock.’
On the Gold Streak, Mr Wahl said: “We are so saddened by the news of the tragic death of my beloved Duchess Catherine.
Rest in Peace my dear, I am sorry to see you go.
Rest in peace my dear.”
The hashtag #RIPDuches was trending on Twitter throughout the day.
Lines of people waiting to board planes to Brisbane were long.
At the airport, an airport worker said the airport was ‘flooded’ with passengers.
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