Princess Catherine, also known as Kate, will undergo a two-week recovery in the hospital following a successful abdominal surgery, according to a statement from Kensington Palace on Wednesday.
The 42-year-old Princess was admitted to The London Clinic for planned abdominal surgery, with the operation reported as successful. While the nature of the surgery remains undisclosed, a royal source informed CNN that it was non-cancerous.
Her Royal Highness is expected to spend 10 to 14 days in the hospital and is unlikely to resume public duties until after Easter, based on current medical advice. Following her discharge, Princess Catherine will recover at her Windsor home, with an anticipated recovery period of two to three months. The timeline for her return to official duties will depend on medical advice closer to that time.
The palace emphasized Princess Catherine’s desire for normalcy for her children and her wish to keep her personal medical information private. Prince William, by her side, will refrain from official duties during her hospitalization and the immediate period post-discharge. The couple is not expected to undertake international travel in the coming months.
Despite the postponement of upcoming engagements, the palace expressed the Princess’s intention to reinstate them as soon as possible. Princess Catherine, known for her fitness and health, does not have any known medical issues.
Simultaneously, Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles, aged 75, will be hospitalized next week for a benign enlarged prostate. The palace described the upcoming procedure as a “corrective procedure.”