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Royal fans left shocked as Kate Middleton hospitalised for abdominal surgery

The Princess of Wales will be unable to return to royal engagements until after Easter.

Kate Middleton was admitted to The London Clinic in Marylebone for a planned procedure on Tuesday and is said to be "doing well" following a successful abdominal surgery.

Kensington Palace sources told The Times that the future Queen will stay in hospital for up to two weeks, after which she will return home to be with her family.

Kate Middleton
Kensington Palace has issued a statement following Kate Middleton's hospitalisation for abdominal surgery. Photo: Getty

The Princess of Wales will likely be advised to recuperate for two to three months and won't return to official duties until she has medical clearance – this will likely be after Easter, according to a statement from the Palace.

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She is expected to recover at Windsor Castle, with Prince William also likely to postpone any engagements in the next fortnight to spend time with his wife.

It's unclear at this stage what the surgery was for. However, it's understood that it wasn't cancer-related, with the statement saying she hoped the public would "understand her wish that her personal medical information remains private".

Kate Middleton in hospital
Kate will recover in hospital for up to two weeks. Photo: Getty

The Palace added that they will "only provide updates on Her Royal Highness' progress when there is significant new information to share" and that Kate apologises for missing or postponing upcoming engagements.

Buckingham Palace also confirmed King Charles will be in hospital for a "corrective procedure" for an enlarged prostate next week.

The health updates for Kate and Charles came within 90 minutes of each other and will likely mean both senior royals will be out of action for the next few weeks at least. William and Kate are also unlikely to travel internationally in the coming months.

Kate and Will's family on Christmas Day
Kate's last public appearance was at a church service on Christmas Day. Photo: Getty
King Charles
Buckingham Palace also confirmed King Charles will be in hospital for a "corrective procedure" for an enlarged prostate next week. Photo: Getty

Kate's last public appearance was at a church service on Christmas Day.

Fans have shared messages of support and concern on Twitter, with one fan writing, "Praying for a speedy recovery for Catherine! Absolutely respect her need for privacy, looking forward to seeing her again when she’s better."

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"Hope she's OK, 14 days is a long stay," another said, while a third added, "Damn that’s very concerning as that’s a long recovery. Wishing you all the best Kate, Princess of Wales. All the best wishes to you for as fast as passible."

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