Catherine, Princess of Wales is reportedly “doing well” after a successful planned abdominal surgery at The London Clinic in Marylebone.
The update comes as King Charles prepares to undergo treatment next week for an enlarged prostate — a common condition in older men.
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News of the shock health issues surrounding two senior royals was announced just two hours apart.
Royal sources have said Kate’s surgery was a “success”, with her two-week recovery in the UK’s largest independent private hospital now underway, according to the Daily Mail.
British doctor Zoe Williams said the “abdominal surgery” could either be something long term “which she has not got round to resolving”, or a new health issue.
Princess Kate during her most recent appearance on Christmas Day. Credit: GettyA general view of The London Clinic on January 17 where Princess Kate was admitted. Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage
“Two weeks in hospital is longer than we would normally expect, but she doesn’t have a normal life,” The Sun reports.
“She’s the future queen so the doctors will be erring on the side of caution.”
The update followed a statement from Kensington Palace that Kate would remain in hospital for 10 to 14 days before returning home to recover.
No details of the surgery on Wednesday were given, but a palace spokesman said the condition was “non-cancerous”.
Princess Kate and King Charles’ health announcements were made within two hours. Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage
“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.”
Meanwhile, Charles’ procedure was called “corrective” and his condition benign.
It is understood the King chose to share his diagnosis to encourage other men experiencing similar symptoms to get checked.
“In common with thousands of men each year, the King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate,” the palace said in a statement.
The Princess of Wales and King Charles, seen together at Christmas, will both face hospital. Credit: AP
Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) website described a benign enlarged prostate as a condition that can affect how people urinate.
It is common among men over 50, but is not usually a threat to life.
The two royals have both appeared to be in good health.
They were 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.
Kensington Palace said it would only provide updates on Kate’s 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.
Princess Kate visits a hospital in 2023. Credit: Getty
William, 41, will postpone several engagements while his wife is recovering.
Kate Middleton became 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 in 2011 she has become one of the most popular members of the royal family.
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.
Kate spent four days in hospital in 2012 suffering from severe morning sickness while pregnant with eldest son George.
– With APP