Prince William is expected to postpone some of his royal duties and engagements to help support the recovery of wife Kate Middleton after she underwent a “planned abdominal surgery.” Kensington Palace released a statement Wednesday revealing that Princess Kate had undergone the procedure on Tuesday.
“The surgery was successful, and it is expected that she will remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days, before returning home to continue her recovery,” the statement said. “Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter.”
A palace source has confirmed to Vanity Fair that the surgery was successful, and the condition, which is not being made public, is “non-cancerous” in nature.
Middleton and William are parents to three small children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, in addition to their duties as senior royals. Prince William is expected to postpone some of his own trips and appearances to be by Middleton’s side as she recovers and spend time with their children. According to People, two upcoming international trips have been wiped from the family’s schedule already.
“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate,” the statement from Kensington Palace continued. “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. 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 that she has to postpone her upcoming engagements. She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible.”
The children, 10-year-old George, 8-year-old Charlotte, and 5-year-old Louis, recently returned to school following a holiday break. Middleton has been open in the past about taking time away from royal duties to spend more time with her children during school closures, like her two-week break from appearances in October 2023. She champions early childhood development with her Shaping Us initiative, her signature social cause as a royal.
Middleton celebrated her 42nd birthday earlier this month. She was most recently seen in public on the royal family’s traditional walk to church on Christmas Day. William’s most recent royal engagement was his trip to Leeds on January 11 to bestow Order of the British Empire honors on former pro rugby players Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield for their advocacy for motor neurone disease.
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