Member of UK Royal Family Hospitalized

Kate, the Princess of Wales underwent abdominal surgery on January 16 and was expected to remain in the hospital for two weeks before returning home to Kensington Palace to recuperate, NBC News reported.

Kensington Palace announced on January 17 that Kate, the wife of Prince William, would be taking time off from her schedule of public and private engagements following abdominal surgery at The London Clinic the previous day.

According to the statement, Kate’s surgery was a success and she would likely remain in the hospital for between 10-14 days. She would then be released to continue recuperating at home.

Kate is not expected to resume her royal duties until after Easter, Kensington Palace said.

The palace did not reveal the reasons for the surgery, however, a source within Kensington Palace confirmed that it was not cancer.

The London Clinic is a private hospital not far from Kensington Palace, which is both the home and office of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

According to the source, Kate could take as long as three months to recover, and the date of her return to royal duties would depend on her rate of recovery and future medical advice.

Prince William is also expected to lighten his royal duties during his wife’s recovery to allow time to look after Kate and their three children. According to the source, William postponed several engagements scheduled for when Kate was hospitalized and would not take any foreign trips in the coming months.

The announcement of Kate’s surgery came just 90 minutes before Buckingham Palace announced that His Majesty King Charles III would be undergoing a “corrective procedure” this week due to an enlarged prostate.

According to the palace, the 75-year-old king sought a common treatment for his prostate that thousands of men seek each year. The condition was described as “benign.”

The king would postpone all public engagements during his short recuperation, the palace said.