17 January 2024

UK: Health issues in the royal family

Buckingham Palace informed today that King Charles is going to hospital next week to undergo "a corrective procedure" because of an enlarged prostate.

The procedure means that the king's public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation. 

Shortly after this release, Kensington Palace informed that the Princess of Wales yesterday was admitted to hospital for a planned abdominal surgery. Thankfully the surgery was successful and it is expected that she will remain in hosital from 10 to 14 days before returning home to continue her recovery. As of now it is expected that she will not be able to make any public engagements until after Easter. 

The Princess of Wales certainly has the right to privacy, and the two health situations described above are very different, but I fear that Kensington Palace's approach of openness, or lack thereof, will only lead to more speculations than necessary. I wish her well and a speedy recovery.

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