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Prince William Postpones Official Duties to Support Family amid Kate Middleton's Hospitalization

Kensington Palace has announced that the Princess of Wales had "planned abdominal surgery" on Tuesday

<p>Karwai Tang/WireImage</p> Prince William at the funeral of Sir Bobby Charlton at Manchester Cathedral on November 13, 2023 in Manchester, England.

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Prince William at the funeral of Sir Bobby Charlton at Manchester Cathedral on November 13, 2023 in Manchester, England.

Prince William will be by wife Kate Middleton’s side as she recovers from abdominal surgery.

On Wednesday, Kensington Palace announced that the Princess of Wales, 42, underwent a "planned abdominal surgery" the previous day. PEOPLE understands that the issue is non-cancerous and her husband has shifted his schedule to support her.

"The surgery was successful, and it is expected that she will remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days, before returning home to continue her recovery," the statement said. "Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter."

William is expected to postpone some engagements to be by Kate’s side and support their family. The Prince and Princess of Wales are parents to Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5. It's understood that two upcoming planned international trips have been postponed.

<p>Karwai Tang/WireImage</p> Prince William at the funeral of Sir Bobby Charlton at Manchester Cathedral on November 13, 2023 in Manchester, England.

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Prince William at the funeral of Sir Bobby Charlton at Manchester Cathedral on November 13, 2023 in Manchester, England.

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"The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate. 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," the statement continued. "Kensington Palace will, therefore, only provide updates on Her Royal Highness’ progress when there is significant new information to share."

<p>Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty</p> Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Prince Louis on Christmas 2023.

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Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Prince Louis on Christmas 2023.

"The Princess of Wales wishes to apologize to all those concerned for the fact that she has to postpone her upcoming engagements. She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible," they added.

<p>Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty </p> Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Kate Middleton at the "Together At Christmas" concert at Westminster Abbey on Dec. 8, 2023.

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Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Kate Middleton at the "Together At Christmas" concert at Westminster Abbey on Dec. 8, 2023.

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Princess Kate made her last public appearance on Christmas when she joined members of the royal family for their annual walk to church. On Dec. 8, 2023, she hosted her third annual Together At Christmas concert at Westminster Abbey with a spotlight on her “Shaping Us” early childhood campaign as it celebrated its first year.

Prince William’s most recent public engagement was on Jan. 11, six days before Kensington Palace’s announcement about Princess Kate. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis recently returned to the classroom following a holiday break.

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