Finally home! Kate is reunited with her three children for the first time in two weeks after leaving hospital… And King Charles is delighted to be discharged too!
The Princess of Wales was reunited with her three children for the first time in two weeks after finally leaving hospital.
Kate, who is said by Kensington Palace to be ‘doing well’, left The London Clinic in Marylebone yesterday morning after being admitted for surgery on January 16.
King Charles was also discharged yesterday after surgery for an enlarged prostate, with the two royals leaving the central London hospital within hours of each other.
The King has been advised to avoid public engagements for up to a month, although he will work through his red boxes of government papers almost immediately. Kate, 42, is unlikely to be seen in public until after Easter.
The Mail can reveal that Prince George, ten, Princess Charlotte, eight, and five-year-old Prince Louis were not taken to visit their mother in hospital after she recovered from what was described as ‘abdominal surgery’.
Flowers left for Kate by a well-wisher are being taken back to Windsor by a royal aide
Two police officers stand guard outside The London Clinic in Marylebone this morning
Royal aides at Kensington Palace say the Princess of Wales is ‘making good progress’
Kate’s children did not visit her while she recovered from the operation, and would not see her until after school this afternoon. In the photo: Together in April 2023
Prince William leaves the London Clinic in Marylebone after visiting his wife Kate on January 18
As her children would have been at school when she arrived at her Windsor home, they probably would not have seen her for the first time until they returned to Adelaide Cottage from Lambrook School, ten minutes’ drive away, later in the afternoon. .
This will almost certainly be the longest period the princess has been away from them.
William and Kate have both prioritized their children above all else and arranged engagements so that at least one can do school where possible.
They have also ensured that foreign tours are shorter so they can be home at weekends, the only exception being their 2022 trip to the Caribbean.
It is understood that Prince William, who cleared his diary to be by his wife’s side throughout, was at the hospital when she was discharged and likely drove her home.
In a statement yesterday, a Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘The Princess of Wales has returned home to Windsor to continue her recovery from the operation. She is making good progress.
‘The Prince and Princess would like to say a big thank you to the whole team at The London Clinic, especially the dedicated nursing staff, for the care they provided.
‘The Wallis family remains grateful for the well wishes they have received.’
The princess is believed to have left in a car with her husband through a private exit around 11:00.
Prince William wants to spend time with his wife while she recovers. They are seen at Bisham Abbey on Mental Health Day in October
King Charles walks out of The London Clinic today after a three-night stay in hospital following prostate surgery
A beaming Charles waved as he was driven away. The King was visited twice by Queen Camilla yesterday, the third and fourth times she has seen him at the private hospital since they arrived.
Kensington Palace staff were seen leaving half an hour later, one carrying an arrangement of white orchids in their car.
Kate will now recuperate at home and her return to official duties will depend on medical advice closer to the time.
It has been suggested she may not undertake public duties until after Easter, meaning all planned engagements – including two foreign trips – have been cancelled, although aid workers hope they can be rearranged.
William reportedly plans to resume public engagements once his wife is settled and recuperating at home, with further details to be announced.
He got help from the couple’s nanny, Maria Turrion Borrallo, and his parents-in-law, Michael and Carole Middleton, who will continue to lend a hand.
Kensington Palace said they would not discuss the princess’ condition further and that it was her ‘wish’ that her personal medical information remain private.
However, King Charles made a very public exit from the hospital yesterday with his wife, Queen Camilla, who visited him daily and spent hours at his bedside.
Claiming there were fears for his health, the 75-year-old monarch smiled broadly and waved to the public and media as he left at 3pm. His condition is benign.
The 75-year-old monarch left the hospital with Queen Camilla by his side
William, Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at the Together At Christmas Carol Service in Westminster Abbey in early December
He went to his car without a sign of discomfort, even winding down the window to smile and wave again.
The King has been praised for being open about his diagnosis in the hope it will encourage other men to come forward and seek help. One in three men his age experience prostate problems.
NHS England said the ‘enlarged prostate’ page on its website received one visit every five seconds on the day the King’s diagnosis was announced, with further boosts in the following days.
Buckingham Palace said yesterday: ‘The King has rescheduled upcoming public engagements to allow for a period of private recovery.
“He would like to thank the medical team and everyone involved in supporting his hospital visit, and is grateful for all the kind messages he has received in recent days.”