Kensington Palace announced today that Kate Middleton has undergone abdominal surgery and will not resume royal duties until likely after Easter. Prince William will also adapt his timetable to be by his wife and children’s side by postponing engagements and overseas travel.
The Prince of Wales will not undertake any official duties while his wife remains in the London Clinic recovering, or immediately after she returns home. She is expected to remain in hospital for 10 to 14 days, after which she is expected to need to recuperate at home in Windsor for two to three months.
Aides have said that Kate’s return to duties will depend on medical advice closer to the time but that it will likely be after Easter. Dates of William’s revised schedule will be provided in due course, but neither the Prince or Princess are expected to carry out any international travel in the next few months.
The Palace made the announcement of the Princess’s abdominal surgery at 2pm today. They added that she “appreciates the interest this statement will generate” and that “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 family is close-knit, with both William and Kate heavily involved in their children’s upbringing and daily activities such as the school run. The Princess is also close to her parents, sister and brother and it is expected that they will play an important role during her recovery. Kate's parents Carole and Michael live not far from Windsor in Bucklebury.
Kensington Palace has made it clear that they do not intend to provide further information or updates unless there is significant new information to share about the Princess’s recovery. The family has asked the media to respect their privacy at this time.
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