Britain’s Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, has successfully undergone a scheduled abdominal operation and is expected to stay in the hospital for up to two weeks.
Meanwhile, King Charles is set to receive treatment for an enlarged prostate next week, as announced by royal officials on Wednesday.
At 42, Kate, who is married to Prince William, the heir apparent, was admitted to the private London Clinic on Tuesday.
She is expected to remain there for a period of 10 to 14 days before returning home to continue her recovery, as stated by her office at Kensington Palace.
Although the specifics of her surgery were not disclosed, a spokesperson from the palace confirmed that the condition was non-cancerous.
“The Princess of Wales appreciates the public interest this statement will generate,” the statement read.
“She hopes the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normalcy for her children as possible and her wish for her personal medical information to remain private.”
Shortly after this news, Buckingham Palace revealed that Charles, 75, is scheduled for a hospital visit next week for a ‘corrective procedure,’ reassuring that his condition is not life-threatening.
The palace stated, “Like thousands of men each year, the king has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate.”
Both royals appeared to be in robust health and were last seen in public on Christmas Day, attending a church service near King Charles’ Sandringham residence in eastern England.
Kensington Palace announced that it would only issue updates on Kate’s health if there is significant new information. Based on medical advice, she is not expected to resume her public duties until after Easter.
Prince William, 41, will also reschedule several engagements during his wife’s recovery period.
Originally, Kate Middleton became the Princess of Wales following Queen Elizabeth’s death in September 2022, when William was named Prince of Wales, a title his father had held for over six decades.
Since her grand wedding to William in 2011, polls indicate Kate’s growing popularity within the royal family, reflecting the modern face of the monarchy. She is also recognized as a global fashion icon, frequently gracing the covers of high-end fashion magazines.
Kate and William have three children: Princes George and Louis, and Princess Charlotte. In 2012, Kate was hospitalized for four days due to severe morning sickness during her pregnancy with George.
While Kate’s medical details are kept private, Charles has openly shared his condition to encourage other men experiencing similar symptoms to seek medical evaluations.
The NHS website in Britain explains that a benign enlarged prostate, which can affect urination, is common among men over 50. It clarifies that this condition is not cancerous and does not significantly increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.