How is Kate Middleton? Latest health update after abdominal surgery

23 January 2024, 13:32 | Updated: 26 January 2024, 12:15

Everything you need to know about Kate Middleton after she undergoes abdominal surgery
Everything you need to know about Kate Middleton after she undergoes abdominal surgery. Picture: Getty
Alice Dear

By Alice Dear

How is Kate Middleton, what surgery did she have and what is the latest health update?

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Kate Middleton, 42, underwent abdominal surgery last week and will remain in hospital for up to two weeks as she recovers.

Buckingham Palace released a statement on Wednesday 17th January where they revealed that the surgery had been successful, just hours before King Charles III's own health concerns were announced.

The Princess of Wales - who is mother to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - will remain in hospital for sometime following the surgery, cancelling her upcoming public duties until Easter.

As Kate Middleton remains in hospital, we take a look at everything we know about Prince William's wife's health.

Kate Middleton, pictured here in 2022, will remain in hospital for 10-14 days before returning home to continue her recovery
Kate Middleton, pictured here in 2022, will remain in hospital for 10-14 days before returning home to continue her recovery. Picture: Getty

How is Kate Middleton?

Since the announcement of Kate Middleton's abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace have not given any updates on the Princess of Wales' condition or how her recovery is going.

We do know that her husband, Prince William, went to see Kate in hospital last week with pictures of him arriving at The London Clinic in his car were published.

If reports are to be believed, Kate is expected to be recovering well as she is said to be keen to return to work "as soon as possible."

A royal source told the Daily Mail that the Princess is "doing well" and that she should be returning to her home in Windsor in around a weeks time, and will "work from bed" in the time-being.

While Kate is said to be keen to return to work, it has been reported that she and William are putting their family first, with the source saying: "The kids are always at the centre of their universe. That will continue to be the case. They want to make sure they have as much normality as possible going forwards."

What is wrong with Kate Middleton and what surgery has she had?

It was confirmed by Buckingham Palace last week that Kate Middleton is currently in hospital after undergoing abdominal surgery.

It is unknown when the surgery took place, but it was revealed that it had been successful and that Kate will now be recovering in the hospital before continuing her recovery at home.

The Princess of Wales has not revealed the reason for the surgery, and has asked that her medical information remains private. Royal correspondents, however, have been advised that the surgery is not cancer related.

Prince William will take time away from public duties to care for Kate Middleton and their three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
Prince William will take time away from public duties to care for Kate Middleton and their three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Picture: Getty

What is abdominal surgery?

Abdominal surgery is a procedure where an incision is made through the abdomen to allow the surgeon to view pelvic organs and can leave a horizontal or vertical scar.

It can be used as an exploratory procedure (for diagnosis) or a treatment procedure for a specific condition.

According to the NHS, abdominal surgery can be needed for a wide range of medical issues, these include:

• Adhesions (bands of scar tissue)

• Fibroids (non cancerous growths of the muscle lining of the womb

• Cancer of the ovaries, cervix or womb

• Endometriosis (small patches of womb lining growing outside the womb) which can cause pain

• Debulking of tumours (cancers)

• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

• Ovarian cysts

Kate Middleton is recovering from abdominal surgery at The London Clinic where police are standing guard outside
Kate Middleton is recovering from abdominal surgery at The London Clinic where police are standing guard outside. Picture: Getty

How long will Kate Middleton take to recover?

Kate Middleton will remain in hospital for 10-14 days to recover from her abdominal surgery, Buckingham Palace shared.

It is believed the Princess of Wales will then return home to Windsor where she will continue to recover for some weeks.

All of Kate's public duties have been cancelled up until Easter to allow time for recovery, meanwhile Prince William has done the same in order to care for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis while his wife is getting better.

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