Kate, Britain’s Princess of Wales, undergoes abdominal surgery: Statement

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Kate, Britain’s Princess of Wales, has undergone successful planned abdominal surgery and will be in hospital for up to two weeks, Kensington Palace said on Wednesday.

Kate, 42, the wife of heir to the throne Prince William, was last seen in public on Christmas Day when the royal family made their annual visit to a church service near King Charles’ Sandringham home in eastern England, and there was no prior indication she was unwell.

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The palace statement said Kate was admitted to the London Clinic, a private hospital in the British capital, on Tuesday, and was expected to remain there for 10 to 14 days of treatment before returning home to recover.

No details of the surgery was given, but a palace spokesman said the condition was non-cancerous.

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

Her office said it would only provide updates on her progress when there was “significant new information to share.” It added that, on medical advice, she was unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter.

Born Kate Middleton, the eldest of three children of middle-class, self-made entrepreneurs, she became the Princess of Wales after the death of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022 when William was given the title of Prince of Wales which his father had held for more than six decades.

Polls show that since her marriage to William, 41, in a grand wedding in 2011 she has become one of the most popular members of the royal family and the epitome of the modern face of the monarchy. She is also considered a global fashion icon who regularly graces the front pages of glossy magazines.

Kate and William have three children - Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte - and she spent four days in hospital in 2012 suffering from severe morning sickness while pregnant with eldest son George.

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