Palace announces that Kate, Princess of Wales, is hospitalized after planned abdominal surgery

Katherine^ the Princess of Wales^ at a mental fitness workshop run by SportsAid at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Marlow^ UK. October 12^ 2023

Kensington Palace announced that Kate, Princess of Wales, has been hospitalized after undergoingnplanned abdominal surgery. The Palace said in a statement Wednesday that Princess Kate was expected to remain in the hospital for ten to 14 days. While the statement did not specify what the surgery was for, it said that Kate, “hopes 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 Kensington Palace statement included an apology from Kate for having to postpone her own upcoming engagements.

Shortly after the news of Kate’s hospitalization was revealed by Kate and her husband William, the Prince of Wales, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying that King Charles III (William’s father) would be admitted to a hospital next week for a procedure to treat enlarged prostate. The statement read in part: “In common with thousands of men each year, The King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate. His Majesty’s condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure,” adding that the monarch would postpone his public engagements “for a short period of recuperation.”

Kensington Palace confirmed to multiple news outlets that Kate was not dealing with cancer, and that Prince William would miss some future engagements to be with his wife. They added that the “surgery was successful,” but “based on the current medical advice,” the Princess of Wales is “unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter” but that Kate “looks forward to reinstating as many (engagements) as possible, as soon as possible.”

Princess Kate’s husband, Prince William, is the eldest son of King Charles and next in line to inherit the British throne. The couple share three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5.

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