Kate returns home after abdominal surgery

UK

The Princess of Wales has returned home to Windsor after abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace has said.

A spokesperson said she is “making good progress”.

They added: “The Prince and Princess wish to say a huge thank you to the entire team at The London Clinic, especially the dedicated nursing staff, for the care they have provided.

“The Wales family continues to be grateful for the well wishes they have received from around the world.”

The 42-year-old was admitted to hospital for the planned operation on 16 January. The palace confirmed the procedure had been successful the day after.

The exact details of the princess’s condition have not been revealed, but the palace previously said it was not cancer-related.

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Kate is not expected to return to official duties until after Easter, and the Prince of Wales has temporarily stepped back from his royal role to juggle caring for her and their three children.

The senior royal was treated at the same hospital the King has undergone treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The London Clinic
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The Princess of Wales and the King were treated at The London Clinic. Pic: Reuters

The King visited Kate’s bedside after being admitted himself on 26 January.

Sky News understands the King will also not carry out royal engagements for a period of time as he recovers from surgery.

The 75-year-old monarch will be available for state matters while in hospital and can attend to red boxes with government papers when he is discharged, but will not carry out duties for up to a month.

The prime minister welcomed the news that Kate has left hospital.

“That would be welcome news both to the royal family and I’m sure to the public more widely,” Rishi Sunak told reporters at a briefing in Westminster.

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