Princess of Wales in hospital after abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace confirms

Prince William has reduced his public engagements in light of Kate's surgery, the royal family has said

Kate Middleton is being treated in hospital after undergoing successful abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Princess of Wales was admitted to The London Clinic on Tuesday for a planned procedure.

She is expected to remain in hospital for ten to 14 days before returning home to continue her recovery.

The princess is not expected to return to public duties until after Easter based on current medical advice, the palace said.

A spokesperson said: “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.

“Kensington Palace will, therefore, only provide updates on Her Royal Highness’ progress when there is significant new information to share.

The Princess of Wales arrives at the coronation ceremony Credit: Dan Charity/The Sun/PA

“The Princess of Wales wishes to apologise 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.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales are not expected to travel internationally in the coming months.

The palace refused to specify exactly why the princess is in hospital, but did confirm what she was being treated for was non-cancerous.

The King will also attend hospital next week to be treated for an enlarged prostate, Buckingham Palace said.

The Palace said Charles’s condition was benign and he would be having a corrective procedure.

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The princess marked her 42nd birthday just over a week ago, with the monarchy’s official social media accounts sharing a new behind-the-scenes photo of the future queen from the King's coronation.

Kate usually enjoys good health but was previously admitted to hospital while pregnant after suffering from severe morning sickness.