Kate Middleton is currently in hospital following a "planned abdominal surgery," which has inevitably generated a lot of public concern about her health.
Kensington Palace obviously anticipated this, and explained in their post on Twitter that "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."
A statement from Kensington Palace pic.twitter.com/6h3BCrqj5L
— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) January 17, 2024
The palace hasn't released further updates regarding Kate's surgery, but royal reporters including Roya Nikkhah noted that "it is understood the Princess’s condition is non-cancerous"—a clarification that was not part of Kensington Palace's statement and has lead to questions about where this info came from.
It is understood the Princess’s condition is non-cancerous, and that the Wales family have asked for their privacy to be respected. Kate is expected to recover at Windsor once discharged from the London Clinic. All international travel plans for William and Kate rescheduled
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) January 17, 2024
Rebecca English from the Daily Mail elaborated on the reporting process, explaining "For those commenting on why journalists have specified the princess’ condition is ‘non-cancerous’ when she is keeping details of her condition private, it is because aides are happy for us to publicly share that information in order to minimise public concern about her condition."
For those commenting on why journalists have specified the princess’ condition is ‘non-cancerous’ when she is keeping details of her condition private, it is because aides are happy for us to publicly share that information in order to minimise public concern about her condition. https://t.co/wE8cwOW9ce
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 17, 2024
In other words, this information came straight from the palace in an attempt to reassure the public. Meanwhile, the palace's statement noted that "Kensington Palace will, therefore, only provide updates on Her Royal Highness’ progress when there is significant new information to share. 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."
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