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Princess Kate in hospital, King Charles to have surgery

Publish Date
Thu, 18 Jan 2024, 7:22AM
King Charles to have prostate treatment as Kate hospitalised for abdominal surgery. Photos /  Stephen Pond via Getty Images / David Cliff via AP
King Charles to have prostate treatment as Kate hospitalised for abdominal surgery. Photos / Stephen Pond via Getty Images / David Cliff via AP

Princess Kate in hospital, King Charles to have surgery

Publish Date
Thu, 18 Jan 2024, 7:22AM

The Princess of Wales is in hospital after undergoing planned abdominal surgery and will remain at the private London Clinic for up to two weeks, Kensington Palace says. 

Moments after news of Kate’s hospitalisation was released, Buckingham Palace revealed that the King would undergo a “corrective procedure” next week for an enlarged prostate. The palace said that the King’s condition was benign. 

The palace said that the 75-year-old monarch has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate “in common with thousands of men each year”. 

The palace said that the King’s condition was benign. Photo / Getty ImagesThe palace said that the King’s condition was benign. Photo / Getty Images 

Though it is unusual for members of the royal family to offer much detail on their health, the publicity about Charles’ condition is certain to encourage other men who may be experiencing symptoms to get checked in line with public health advice. 

Events and meetings on the monarch’s schedule will now be postponed, and the announcement can be seen also be seen as offering the explanation for the timing of the announcement on Charles. Foreign dignitaries and members of the Cabinet had been due to travel to Dumfries House in Scotland later this week. 

The palace didn’t offer further details on the Princess of Wales but confirmed that her condition was noncancerous. Though she has generally experienced good health, Kate was previously in hospital while pregnant after suffering severe morning sickness. 

The medical issues come after a turbulent few years for the royal family, with the Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the death of Queen Elizabeth II a few months later and the coronation of Charles in 2023. 

The princess, the former Kate Middleton, is expected to return to public duties after Easter. The 42-year-old future queen was admitted to the London Clinic earlier this week. 

“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate,” Kensington Palace said. “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.” 

Media gather outside The London Clinic where Kate, Princess of Wales is recovering from surgery. Photo / APMedia gather outside The London Clinic where Kate, Princess of Wales is recovering from surgery. Photo / AP 

The palace said that Kate, the wife of Prince William, wished to apologise for postponing her upcoming engagements. 

“She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible,” the palace said. 

The palace said that Kate wished to apologise for postponing her upcoming engagements. Photo / APThe palace said that Kate wished to apologise for postponing her upcoming engagements. Photo / AP 

After Prince Harry and Meghan’s stormy departure to California in 2020, the Prince and Princess of Wales have solidified their position as being among the most popular members of the royal family. Kate, in particular, has remained a reliable royal in the public eye - the smiling mother of three who can comfort grieving parents at a children’s hospice or wow the nation by playing piano during a televised Christmas concert. 

She was among the royals who appeared at the annual Christmas Day service at Sandringham.   

-Diana Kirka, AP

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