King Charles III and Princess of Wales Undergo Surgery Separately

Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace announced medical procedures for King Charles III and Catherine, the Princess of Wales. The twin announcements came just over an hour apart.

The 42-year-old Princess of Wales was admitted to a private London hospital on Tuesday, January 15, for planned abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace said in a statement.

The palace added she was doing well. No further details of Catherine's  “private medical information” were given, but the palace confirmed Kate's condition was noncancerous.

“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate,” Kensington Palace said. “She hopes that the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible; and her wish that her personal medical information remains private.

However, it was revealed she will stay in the hospital for 10 to 14 days and is not expected to be well enough to return to public engagements until after Easter. 

Prince William is expected to step back from public duties to be with their three young children as his wife recuperates from surgery.

So what's the surgery is all about?

No details were given but according to The Guardian UK, during Kate's three pregnancies, she suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, a form of extreme morning sickness (this was highly publicized during her three pregnancies). 

She was hospitalized in 2012 while pregnant with Prince George. She announced her second pregnancy in 2014 earlier than planned because she was having treatment for the condition.

It was “utterly rotten”, she told a podcast in 2020, adding: “I was really sick – I wasn’t eating the things I should be eating – but yet, the body was still able to take all the goodness from my body and to grow new life, which I think is fascinating.”

King Charles III hospitalized
Catherine and King Charles III undergo surgery 

King Charles III's health

Just over an hour after Kensington Palace announced Catherine's abdominal surgery, Buckingham Palace also announced that His Majesty King Charles III would undergo a “corrective procedure” next week for an enlarged prostate. 

“In common with thousands of men each year, the king would be treated for an enlarged prostate", stressing that his condition is benign. 

Though it is unusual for members of the royal family to offer much detail on their health, the publicity about Charles’ revelation will encourage other men who may be experiencing symptoms to get checked in line with public health advice.

About one in three men over the age of 50 will have some symptoms of an enlarged prostate, which is a gland that sits just below the bladder.

A series of events and meetings on the monarch’s schedule will now be postponed for a short period as he recuperates.

The health announcement about King Charles surprised everyone as his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was known to have kept her health issues all throughout her reign, except in October 2021 when she began experiencing mobility issues. 

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