Following her two-week hospital stay, the Palace announced that the Princess of Wales would return to Windsor where she would continue her recovery.
According to the palace, the abdominal surgery Kate Middleton had undergone at the private London clinic was a planned one. However, they hadn’t provided any further details, which intrigued the public’s curiosity.
Sadly, they, along with the media, put pressure on the Palace into revealing more information regarding Kate’s surgery, which some experts dub a form of bullying, something Kate experienced before in her life.
What rose suspicion was the fact that Kate decided not to share the news of her surgery with no one except her family members. According to People Magazine, Kate Middleton’s hospitalization was a complete surprise for those working closely with the royals, relatives, and friends within William and Kate’s broader circle. The Princess of Wales hid that something was up.
On Kate’s birthday, which she celebrated with only her closest family and friends at Anmer Hall on January 9, there was no indication that anything is wrong with her.
“The carefully guarded news about Kate’s situation came as a surprise even to those who work closely with the royal family,” People reported.
The London Clinic, where Kate had her surgery, is in many ways related to the royals. During the years, several members of the Firm were involved in opening certain facilities of the hospital. Then-Prince Charles opened its physiotherapy department in 1989, and just two years later, Princess Margret opened the MRI unit. The hospital’s new cancer unit was opened by late Queen Elizabeth II in 2010.
The facility has a leading cancer center which provides radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
In the past, Princess Margaret was treated there when she had a benign skin lesion removed, and Prince Philip was admitted there for what was described as an “abdominal investigation.”
When it comes to Kate, she needs to take some time off from her public duties. As per the Palace, she would only be able to return to her duties around Easter.
Dr Max Pemberton, a full-time psychiatrist with the NHS explains that the Princess of Wales should take her time until she recovers completely.
“The Palace has said she’ll be taking time off official duties until Easter and on this, I think she’s incredibly sensible. We don’t know what’s wrong or why she needed the operation, but Kate has always struck me as quite down-to-earth, level-headed and stoical, so I’m sure she wouldn’t have heeded medical advice and taken that much time off unless really necessary,” he said, as per the Daily Mail.
“Abdominal surgery is serious. Of course, there’s always someone who will tell you how they had a hysterectomy in their lunch break, or their appendix removed while on the school run. But in reality we should all be taking a leaf out of Kate’s book and convalescing properly.”
Further, he advises the readers that before getting back to work following a surgical procedure, they should fully recover, both mentally and physically.
The doctor shared his personal experience with an abdominal surgery and said he wished he appreciated how major his own operation was before he returned to work.
“I hope Kate makes a speedy recovery, but also hope she doesn’t return to duties until she’s good and ready,” the doctor concluded.
As much as Kate wants to keep the details of her surgery private, the public puts pressure on her and the Palace to reveal further details.
Royal expert Richard Eden appeared on the show Palace Confidential and revealed that readers constantly send letters to The Times, asking questions regarding Kate’s procedure.
He dubbed this efforts by the public “bullying.”
“I think that there’s no reason why she should feel bullied into giving more details,” Eden said, per Express. “If she wants to, at a later point, fine, that’s up to her. But, she shouldn’t feel that she has to.
“It’s been ‘She should give more details,’ and ‘Why doesn’t she?’
“And there’s been more pressure, there’s even been letters written to The Times newspaper, saying it would be a great example to other women if she was to be more open about her medical problems and this sort of thing.”
In the past, Kate experienced bullying, especially when she attended the all-girls boarding school Downe House.
Despite her parents paying around £28,000 pounds in tuition, attending Downe House didn’t turn out to be the best decision as Kate experienced a very hard time there. According to her former classmates, she was often teased and bullied and she felt like she didn’t fit there.
We wish Kate Middleton a speedy recovery.
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