Palace Slams Report Kate Middleton Was in a Coma After Surgery

Just before Kensington Palace announced Kate Middleton had returned home after having abdominal surgery, a Spanish news program alleged she had suffered complications and was put into an induced coma.

By Corinne Heller Feb 02, 2024 7:55 PMTags
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Kensington Palace is debunking a major rumor about Kate Middleton's recent hospital stay.

One day before the Princess of Wales was released from the hospital following abdominal surgery, Spanish news program Fiesta alleged that the 42-year-old had developed life-threatening complications after the procedure and was put in an induced coma. However, those close to Kate are firmly setting the record straight.

"It's total nonsense," a Palace source told U.K. newspaper The Times Feb. 1. "No attempt was made by that journalist to fact-check anything that she said with anyone in the household. It's fundamentally, totally made-up, and I'll use polite English here: it's absolutely not the case."

The Palace announced Jan. 17 that the Princess underwent her surgery, which was planned and successful. She was expected to remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days, according to the Palace, she was "unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter."

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"She hopes the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible," the statement said—referring to her and husband Prince William's children Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5, "and her wish that her personal medical information remains private."

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On Jan. 29, thirteen days after Kate was admitted to the hospital, the Palace shared an update stating that the princess had "returned home to Windsor to continue her recovery from surgery. She is making good progress."

"The Prince and Princess wish to say a huge thank you to the entire team at The London Clinic, especially the dedicated nursing staff, for the care they have provided," read the statement. "The Wales family continues to be grateful for the well wishes they have received from around the world."

Kate is not the only member of the royal family to have had a rocky start to 2024. King Charles III recently underwent a procedure to treat an enlarged prostate at the same private hospital. In fact, the same day it was confirmed Kate had returned home, the Palace announced the King had been discharged as well.

Keep reading for more royal news from this year:

King Charles Diagnosed With Cancer

While King Charles III was in the hospital for his benign prostate enlargement procedure, the royal family member was diagnosed with cancer.

"His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties," Buckingham Palace said Feb. 5. "Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible."

Sarah Ferguson Is Diagnosed With a Second Type of Cancer

The Duchess of York's rep said in a statement on Jan. 21 that Sarah was recently diagnosed with malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. Several months prior, she underwent a single mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Abdicates the Throne

On Jan. 14, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark made history as she officially abdicated the throne, handing the crown over to her son, now known as King Frederik the 10th

Kate Middleton Is Hospitalized

Kensington Palace announced on Jan. 17 that Kate Middleton underwent planned abdominal surgery and was set to remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days.

"Based on the current medical advice," the Palace said, "she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter."

Prince William Adjusting His Schedule

Amid Kate's recovery, Prince William postponed a number of engagements as he supported his family, including the couple's three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

King Charles III Undergoing Treatment

Shortly after Kate's hospitalization was made public, Buckingham Palace shared that Charles "has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate."

"His Majesty's condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure," the statement added. "The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation."

Luxembourg Welcomes a New Baby

Princess Claire and Prince Felix of Luxembourg welcomed son Balthazar Felix Karl on Jan. 7, the first royal baby of the New Year!

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