Following her planned abdominal surgery, Kate Middleton is recovering at the hospital where she is expected to say for around two weeks.
According to a statement released by the Palace, the Princess won’t return to her public duties until Easter. Her work schedule has been cleared for the months that follow as she will be recuperating in the comfort of her home.
Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was admitted to The London Clinic yesterday for planned abdominal surgery. The surgery was successful and it is expected she will remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days, before returning home to continue her recovery. Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter,” the statement from Kensington Palace read.
“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate. She hopes that the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible; and her wish that her personal medical information remains private.”
The statement continued: “Kensington Palace will, therefore, only provide updates on Her Royal Highness’ progress when there is significant new information to share. The Princess of Wales wishes to apologise to all those concerned for the fact she has to postpone her upcoming engagements. She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible.”
Mere hours after they shared the news about Kate’s surgery, the Palace released yet another statement concerning King Charles. Namely, they announced that the King would also visit the hospital for treatment for an enlarged prostate.
According to royal expert Victoria Murphy, the timing of the news was just a mere coincidence. “The royal family understandably generally try to keep details of their health as private as possible, however when they are forced to cancel public engagements or when a senior royal is admitted to hospital, the public is generally informed in some form,” she wrote for Town & Country.
In King Charles’ case, Murphy claims the announcement was “hastier and a result of having to postpone meetings at the last minute on the advice of a doctor.”
Another royal biographer and expert, Angela Levin, believes the King should have waited with the news of his doctor’s visit.
“With the Queen, you would never know until she’d been to perhaps hospital and had what she needed to be done and then got home. Then she would say something,” she told GB News.
“It’s very rare indeed. I don’t think it’s appropriate to come out with it on the same day that we were astonished by Catherine’s problem in hospital. I think that it could have waited, but I think as well it’s very quick.”
She added: “It was only discovered a week or so ago in Scotland and obviously, once you know about these things, you have to have them done quickly. But I admire him enormously for encouraging people to do it.”
When it comes to Kate’s surgery, experts doubt that her surgery was indeed planned.
Her hospital stay worried many, but this isn’t the first time that she had undergone a surgery. As a child, she had gone under the knife for reasons unknown to the public. Her scar was first spotted at a private dinner at Clarence House in 2011 when Kate conducted her first solo royal engagement.
Sources told the Daily Mail that it had been “a very serious operation,” while surgeons said it was unlikely the result of a tumor but instead that the scar was caused by a birthmark being removed.
Kate isn’t fond of hospital visits, and she had spoken about that in the past.
When pregnant with George, the Princess was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, which is acute morning sickness. She had to go to the hospital, an experience she recalled as “rotten.” Sadly, she experienced the same while carrying her other two children too.
In 2020, Kate Middleton was a guest on Giovanna Fletcher’s podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby, where she spoke of her condition.
“[It was] utterly rotten. I was really sick,” she said.
“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.”
The princess continued: “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 was happy when she was in labor, she added. “Because actually, it was an event that I knew there was going to be an ending to,” she explained. “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.”
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