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Prince William steps in for pregnant Kate; Joan Rivers’ doctor outed; Emma Watson in Uruguay

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ROYAL SUBSTITUTE

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, just like she did during her first pregnancy. 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 help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence.

RIVERS DOC

This can’t be good for the practice. TMZ has outed NUC ear, nose and throat doctor Gwen Korovin as the physician who performed an unauthorized biopsy on Joan Rivers’ throat while the late comedienne was undergoing a diagnostic endoscopy. The biopsy is allegedly what caused Rivers’ throat to seize up and have her go into cardiac arrest. Korovin, who reportedly took a selfie while Rivers was under anesthesia, counts Hugh Jackman, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga among her past patients and appeared in the Dion’s 2010 doc Through the Eyes of the World.

MAINE MAN

Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw is pretty clueless about the place. The country singer included a song, Portland, Maine, on his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town. In it, McGraw laments that his love has left to go there. During the chorus, he repeats the phrase “Portland, Maine: I don’t know where that is” and adds “I don’t want to know.” Jessica Grondin, spokeswoman for the city, said the mayor will give him a tour, if he can find his way to Maine’s largest city.

FAMOUS VISITOR

British actress Emma Watson says she’s “immensely touched” by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she traveled this week as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ women’s agency. Hundreds of young people greeted the 24-year-old as she delivered a 4,000-signature petition to parliament calling for greater political participation by women. Some lawmakers brought their children or grandchildren to meet the actress, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films.

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