I have concerning news to share this morning; following is a Kensington Palace statement that was just released.
Kensington Palace has told royal reporters the condition is non-cancerous. Below is the London Clinic in central London, where the Princess is being treated.
It is reported to be the largest private hospital in England. The Daily Mail reports, “The clinic first opened its doors in 1932, and its previous patients include Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, actress Elizabeth Taylor, and US President John F Kennedy. Below, media at the hospital this afternoon.
It is understood that Prince William will curtail all public engagements while his wife is in hospital and immediately after she returns home after being discharged as well as scaling back duties afterwards as he supports Kate and their children. It is not expected that the couple will embark on any international travel in the coming months.
And from The Daily Mail’s story.
Kate is close to her family, and her parents Carole and Michael Middleton and sibling Pippa Matthews and James Middleton are set to rally round and help support her recovery at the Waleses’ home in Windsor.
Neither William nor Kate will travel internationally over the coming months.
The Princess was admitted to the hospital yesterday, and the surgery was today—more from Victoria Ward’s Telegraph coverage.
The Princess was not rushed to hospital, the Telegraph can confirm.
Sources said it was not something that developed over the weekend, suggesting it has been planned for at least a few days, if not more.
We most recently saw the Princess on Christmas Day.
January 9th was the Princess’s 42nd birthday. It is believed she celebrated that occasion with family in Windsor. The Royal Family marked the occasion on social media with a previously unreleased photo from the coronation in May.
Yesterday, there was a meeting of the Royal Foundation Business Taskforce for Early Childhood that the Princess did not attend; however, her participation may never have been planned for that meeting.
The timing is such the Princess will be unable to attend events like the BAFTA Awards and the annual Commonwealth Service. You may recall the articles I posted recently about two upcoming trips this spring. The Telegraph reports, “It is thought that two short overseas tours, planned for the coming weeks, have been postponed.”
The only other time I recall the Princess being hospitalized (aside from delivering her children) was in December 2012, when she was treated for Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a potentially life-threatening disease afflicting pregnant women. She was treated at King Edward VII Hospital for four days on that occasion. You see her with Prince William as she was released from the hospital in 2012.
When she is discharged from the hospital, the Princess is expected to recover at home in Windsor. Here is the address for anyone interested in sending “get well” wishes or other sentiments to the Princess. (Clarence House handles correspondence for the Prince and Princess of Wales.)
I’ll close with a message from All on the Board, the duo sharing messages on the boards seen at Tube stations across London. The pair prefaced their statement: “Sending our love and best wishes to HRH Catherine, Princess of Wales. We hope you get better soon. Take it easy while you recover and do your best to rest in bed.”
I will update the post with any additional news and make a decision about future posts depending on what we hear about the Princess’s situation. In terms of comments on this post, please refrain from speculating about the Princess’s condition.