Kate Middleton is at home. This news was something her many fans were eager to receive following her planned abdominal surgery which forced her to sped two weeks at the private London clinic.
The Princess is expected to stay home until Easter when she’s expected to fully recover.
“The Princess of Wales has returned home to Windsor to continue her recovery from surgery. She is making good progress,” Kensington Palace said in a statement released Monday. “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 statement continued, “The Wales family continues to be grateful for the well wishes they have received from around the world.
“Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter.”
It was reported that during her stay at the hospital, William visited her every day, but the children hadn’t. Instead, they talked to her on the phone and on FaceTime.
“Kate loves FaceTiming the children when she is working away overseas, so I’m sure they will be in regular contact while she’s in hospital, and the kids will be keen to see her as soon as she’s well enough,” Hello Royal Editor, Emily Nash said, as per Express.
“Both William and Kate are very hands-on parents – they take the kids to school, attend sports matches and concerts and try to be home for bedtime as much as they can. While Kate is in hospital, William will be at home keeping things as normal as possible.”
As doctors adviced Kate not to rush back to her royal duties until she recuperates completely, William, who was taking care of the children, would continue with his royal engagements “once the Princess of Wales’ care and recovery is settled,” as per the NY Post.
According to Grant Harrold, who served as Charles’ butler for seven years during his lengthy time as Prince of Wales, the absence of the Princess of Wales was heavily felt, and her return home filled the void.
“Like any family, it’s always wonderful when a loved one is able to come back home. I’m sure the kids are really excited to have Kate back,” Harrold told The Post. “It will also be great for William, because when your partner or your loved one isn’t home, it leaves a void.”
He added: “The fact that Kate is back home, behind closed doors, it’ll mean they’re able to return to some sense of normality,” the royal butler added. “He’s a very caring, very loving kind of character and I noticed that a lot when I spent time with them both back in the day,” Harrold recalled. “I’ve no doubt that wouldn’t have changed, William will make sure Kate is cared for and that she has a quick recovery.”
Grant Harrold concluded, “The sooner her recovery, I’m sure the sooner the pair will get back to carrying out their royal duties together, which is something that I think they enjoy. I think they’ll be keen to get back to normal with it. There won’t be a huge team there on hand. It’ll be her husband who’ll mainly be doing that, helping her to get back onto her feet.”
Except for the fact that it was planned, as reported by the Palace, not much is known about the surgery Kate Middleton had undergone. She didn’t reveal any details, although the public and the media pressured her to do so.
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.”
Around the time Kate had her surgery, the Palace announced that the King would be admitted to the hospital as well.
On January 17, the palace stated the 75-year-old monarch was to be treated for an enlarged prostate.
“In common with thousands of men each year, the King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate,” the palace said in a statement. “His Majesty’s condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure.”
However, while the King provided details about his surgery, Kate didn’t, and royal expert Daniela Elser argues that the Princess made a mistake.
She believes that if Kate spoke more openly she could have helped raise awareness, just like her father-in-law did.
“The abdomen starts with the liver and ends somewhere colon-ish, meaning that there are umpteen reasons why the princess might currently be laid up and enjoying midmorning tele in a pristine starched white room full of bleepy machines and enough flower arrangements to kit out Westminster Abbey,” Elser wrote for News.com.au.
“No one who is not in the Middleton family chat knows exactly what is troubling the mother-of-three and I can’t help but think that the princess has wasted an enormous opportunity here. Kate could possibly have made a huge difference this month and she has chosen not to.”
The royal expert continued by saying that although Kate “is still human” and “entitled to privacy,” she could have calmed the public by announcing what was wrong with her.
“She has every right to not have to air her every sniffle, ache, and minor rash with the leering public or is not obligated to have her staff put out a press release every time she might get some light symptoms of IBS,” Elser continued.
“All that has been made known by Kensington Palace about the princess is that whatever is wrong with her is non-cancerous, a detail I’m assuming they only released to prevent mass panic in the aisles of Asda. Tamping down public fears is good and all that but hardly goes much of a ways for such a huge missed opportunity.”
Royal expert Daniela Elser concluded, “The princess has wholly passed up on the chance to raise awareness about whatever might be bedevilling her right now and to possibly also destigmatise whatever illness might be ailing her. Charles, in making me type the word ‘prostate’ far too often, has done the world a great service. So why hasn’t Kate?”
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