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"King Charles III to Undergo Prostate Operation, Kate Recovers from Abdominal Surgery"
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King Charles III and the Princess of Wales are facing medical issues that will require them to postpone their previously scheduled public appearances in the coming weeks.

According to Buckingham Palace, Charles will undergo a “corrective procedure” for an enlarged prostate next week. The palace assured that the condition is benign. Simultaneously, the princess’ office announced that Kate would stay at a private hospital in London for up to two weeks after having planned abdominal surgery. Kate, formerly known as Kate Middleton, is married to Prince William, the heir to the throne.

While it is uncommon for members of the royal family to disclose details about their health, the twin announcements may help prevent speculation if events involving Charles or Kate need to be rescheduled or canceled in the near future.

The publicity surrounding the king’s surgery is viewed as an opportunity to encourage other men to have their prostates checked, following public health advice. The palace emphasized that the 75-year-old monarch sought treatment “similar to thousands of men each year.”

An enlarged prostate is a common condition in men over 50, affecting urination but not posing a serious health risk. It is not cancerous and does not increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.

The health of Britain’s senior royals has been a focus of attention for the media, particularly as Queen Elizabeth II’s reign came to a close and Charles assumed the throne at an older age than most of his peers would retire.

Several events on the monarch’s schedule have been postponed, including plans for various foreign dignitaries and members of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet to visit Dumfries House in Scotland.

Kate, 42, was admitted to The London Clinic on Tuesday. Her office at Kensington Palace did not provide further details but clarified that her condition was not cancerous. Although she has generally enjoyed good health, Kate was previously hospitalized due to severe morning sickness during pregnancy.

Kate apologized for the postponement of her upcoming engagements, and the palace announced that she would not resume public duties until after Easter.

“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate,” the palace said. “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.”

Following Prince Harry and Meghan’s departure for California in 2020, the Prince and Princess of Wales have become some of the most popular members of the royal family. Kate, in particular, has remained a steadfast figure in the public eye, known for her compassion and poise in various public engagements.

Piers Potter

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