Following Kate Middleton's surgery and hospitalization, Prince William postponed his engagements to be by her side as she recovered. He returned to royal engagements today, hosting an Investiture at Windsor Castle and attending a gala dinner for London's air ambulance charity.
One woman who was awarded an MBE today, Patricia Spruce, took to her LinkedIn to write about the experience. Spruce, who works for the NHS, spoke to the Prince of Wales about Kate's healthcare. "What an amazing experience, the castle was just breathtaking, everyone was so lovely too [sic] us as we were just in awe of everything," she wrote in a public post. "Prince William said that Katherine [sic] had two Filipino nurses looking after her and they were amazing and kind." The fact that Kate being cared for by two nurses is the first insight the public has had into her healthcare.
Last week, the Princess of Wales was discharged from the hospital after spending two weeks there recovering from abdominal surgery. She's currently recouperating at her home at Adelaide Cottage, in Windsor. Upon her release, Kensington Palace thanked the nurses in a statement, saying, "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. The Wales family continues to be grateful for the well wishes they have received from around the world."
Today, when Prince William was asked about the public's support in light of King Charles's cancer diagnosis and Kate's hospitalization, he replied, "We really appreciate everyone's kind messages, thank you." Later, in his remarks during the evening, the Prince said, "I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you, also, for the kind messages of support for Catherine and for my father, especially in recent days. It means a great deal to us all." He joked, "It's fair to say the past few weeks have had a rather 'medical' focus. So I thought I'd come to an air ambulance function to get away from it all!"
Kensington Palace has said they will not be providing any further details into Kate's medical condition, only sharing, "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."
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