Princess Kate Hospitalized for Surgery, According to Palace

By: Lauren | Published: Jan 21, 2024

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, better known as Princess Kate, is currently in the hospital recovering from abdominal surgery.

The palace didn’t specify the surgery, but it did report that Princess Catherine’s surgery was absolutely planned. And just days later, the palace announced that King Charles is also headed under the knife this week.

The Details of Princess Kate’s Hospital Stay

According to Kensington Palace, the official home of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Kate underwent abdominal surgery at The London Clinic. The royals almost always go for medical attention.

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They did not specify the kind of surgery the princess underwent, but the palace did report that the “surgery was successful” (via MSN).

How Long Will Princess Kate Be in the Hospital?

The announcement also noted that the Princess of Wales will stay at The London Clinic for 14 days.

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Though it will likely be far longer before the young royal will be attending functions or even social engagements.

What Kind of Surgery Did Princess Kate Likely Get?

Although it’s complete speculation, some people wonder if Princess Catherine’s abdominal surgery had something to do with complications she experienced during her three pregnancies.

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It is widely known that the princess struggled with hyperemesis gravidarum while she was pregnant, which resulted in severe nausea. But the truth is that no one outside the royal family actually knows why the surgery was necessary.

Princess Kate Is Young and Healthy

The Princess of Wales is certainly one of the most athletic members of the royal family; she is constantly playing sports such as hockey and tennis at charity events and with friends.

Catherine, Princess of Wales playing tennis on No.3 Court at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon

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So although Princess Catherine’s abdominal surgery is making headlines, the majority of her admirers aren’t worried about her health and know that she will be back on the courts in no time.

Princess Kate’s Social Engagements Are on Hold

The princess also plans to take several weeks off from any and all social engagements. In fact, Kensington Palace wrote that she is “unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter.”

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis of Wales and Mia Tindall

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Sadly, that means that Princess Catherine had to cancel quite a few existing engagements she had on her schedule, but she “looks forward to reinstating as many [engagements] as possible, as soon as possible.”


King Charles III Is Also Heading to the Hospital

Only days after the announcement about Princess Catherine’s surgery, Buckingham Palace made its own statement.

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King Charles III will also be heading into the hospital for a standard procedure to reduce his enlarged prostate.


Buckingham Palace Says There’s Nothing to Worry About

Buckingham Palace wrote in its statement, “In common with thousands of men each year, the king has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate. His Majesty’s condition is benign, and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure.”

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The announcement also noted that the king will be postponing his commitments “for a short period of recuperation.”


Some People Are Worried About King Charles

Although most people aren’t worried about Princess Catherine, things are a little different for King Charles, who is 75 years old.

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While His Majesty appears to be in good health, other than the quite common enlarged prostate, because of his advanced age, there is certainly more concern surrounding the procedure.


Neither Issue is Cancer Related

Both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have reported that neither the king nor the princess’ procedures are cancer-related.

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In general, both statements made it exceptionally clear that neither royal’s life is in any way in danger and that they should both be fully recovered in a matter of weeks.


Princess Kate Requests Privacy at This Time

The Kensington Palace statement also mentioned that Princess Catherine “hopes 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.”

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But because it’s nearly impossible for any member of the royal family to maintain any level of privacy while outside of the palace walls, it’s likely that the princess will spend the next several weeks at home with her family.


Princess Kate Will Be Absolutely Fine

As the Princess of Wales is already out of surgery and recuperating under the care of some of the country’s best physicians, it’s almost certain that she will make a full recovery in no time.

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And her supporters in the United Kingdom and around the world will simply have to wait to see their favorite princess back out in the world.