Kate, UK’s Princess of Wales, has surgery, Charles in hospital next week

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Princess Kate, wife of heir to the throne Prince William, has successfully undergone planned abdominal surgery, according to royal officials on Wednesday. The 42-year-old princess was admitted to the private London Clinic on Tuesday and is expected to remain hospitalized for 10 to 14 days. Although details of the surgery were not disclosed, a palace spokesman assured that the condition was non-cancerous.

In a statement, Kensington Palace emphasized Kate’s desire for privacy regarding her medical information, expressing her hope for understanding from the public. The statement read, “The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate. 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.”

Shortly after this announcement, Buckingham Palace disclosed that King Charles, 75, would undergo a “corrective procedure” for an enlarged prostate next week. The palace assured the public that the king’s condition was benign and, in a statement, said, “In common with thousands of men each year, the king has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate.”

Both Princess Kate and King Charles were last seen in public on Christmas Day during the royal family’s annual church service near King Charles’ Sandringham home. Kensington Palace indicated that updates on Kate’s recovery would only be provided when there is “significant new information to share.” On medical advice, she is not expected to return to public duties until after Easter, prompting Prince William to postpone several engagements.

Born Kate Middleton, she assumed the title of Princess of Wales following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022, when Prince William became the Prince of Wales. Popular polls indicate that Kate, since her marriage to William in 2011, has become one of the most beloved members of the royal family and a global fashion icon regularly featured in glossy magazines.

Kate and William, parents to Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte, have faced health challenges before, notably in 2012 when Kate spent four days in the hospital due to severe morning sickness while pregnant with their eldest son, George.

While the details of Kate’s medical condition remain private, King Charles has openly shared information about his benign enlarged prostate to encourage other men experiencing symptoms to seek medical attention. The NHS describes a benign enlarged prostate as a common condition among men over 50, affecting urination without posing a serious threat to health or an increased risk of prostate cancer.

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