Princess of Wales is ‘doing well’ amid surgery recovery, Kensington Palace says – after Prince William pulls out of memorial due to ‘personal matter’

The Princess of Wales is ‘doing well,’ as she recovers from abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace has said.

Kate, 42, is recuperating at the family’s home in Adelaide Cottage in Windsor.
after undergoing surgery at the London Clinic last month.

She has today missed the memorial service for the late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle, which is being hosted by the British royal family.

Her husband Prince William also pulled out of the service today at the last minute for ‘personal reasons’ and has called the Greek royal family to apologise.


No further detail was given on William’s absence, and it is not known if this relates to his wife Kate Middleton’s ongoing recovery.

King Charles also missed the service today, as he continues his treatment for cancer.

Instead, Queen Camilla instead led members of the Royal Family at the event.

The Princess of Wales is 'doing well,' Kensington Palace has said as she recovers from abdominal surgery. She was last seen publicly on Christmas day (pictured)

The Princess of Wales is ‘doing well,’ Kensington Palace has said as she recovers from abdominal surgery. She was last seen publicly on Christmas day (pictured)


Kate will not carry out official engagements until after Easter and could undertake any necessary work from her bed, with her return to public duties depending on medical advice closer to the time, MailOnline understands.

Earlier this month, The Daily Mail exclusively revealed that Kate joined Prince William and their three children for a half-term holiday to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

‘Catherine is recovering well,’ a friend told Diary editor Richard Eden.

‘She was looking forward to a change of scene and will be able to take it easy in Norfolk while the children let off steam with William.’

As news that Kate had been discharged emerged, a Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘The Princess of Wales has 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.

Queen leads royal family’s tributes to King Constantine of Greece

Queen Camilla is greeted as she attends a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle today

Queen Camilla is greeted as she attends a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle today

Queen Camilla attends the thanksgiving service at St George's Chapel in Windsor today

Queen Camilla attends the thanksgiving service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor today

Prince Andrew; Sarah, Duchess of York; and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence at Windsor today

Prince Andrew; Sarah, Duchess of York; and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence at Windsor today

Andrew leads the way at royal memorial service alongside Fergie

‘The Wales family continues to be grateful for the well wishes they have received from around the world.’

Constantine II of Greece, who died in January 2023, was William’s godfather.

Kate was pictured with the King in 2012 during a reception at Windsor Castle.

Prince Andrew was present along with Sarah, Duchess of York and his daughters Princess Eugenie and Beatrice because it was deemed a personal family event.

It is also understood that the Duke of York was attending the service as a member of the British Royal Family and had been invited by the Greek Royal Family.

As for Charles, he was at Windsor Castle earlier in the day but left before the service began – with the reception afterwards set to be hosted by Camilla.

Today’s service at St George’s Chapel was held in honour of the King’s close friend and second cousin Constantine II, the former ruler and last king of Greece.

Andrew led family members including Zara and Mike Tindall who arrived at the chapel by coach.

Prince Andrew with Sarah, Duchess of York arrive for the service at Windsor Castle today

Prince Andrew with Sarah, Duchess of York arrive for the service at Windsor Castle today

Zara and Mike Tindall and the Princess Royal attend the service at Windsor Castle today

 Zara and Mike Tindall and the Princess Royal attend the service at Windsor Castle today

United front: Zara Tindall walks arm-in-arm with her husband Mike

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attend the thanksgiving service at Windsor Castle today

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attend the thanksgiving service at Windsor Castle today

Prince Andrew drives to the service at Windsor Castle today with Sarah, Duchess of York

Prince Andrew drives to the service at Windsor Castle today with Sarah, Duchess of York

The final member of the British royal family to arrive was Camilla, who was driven down from the castle to the 15th century chapel.

She was warmly greeted by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Rev Christopher Cocksworth, at the Galilee Porch.

As for Charles, he was at Windsor Castle earlier in the day but left before the service began – with the reception afterwards set to be hosted by Camilla.

Today’s service at St George’s Chapel was held in honour of the King’s close friend and second cousin Constantine II, the former ruler and last king of Greece.

The King missed the service as he continues treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer.

Charles, who has been staying at Windsor Castle, left the Berkshire residence at some point this morning.

Dozens of foreign royals travelled to Windsor to attend the service but the King is not expected to meet them privately.

Constantine’s eldest son Crown Prince Pavlos stepped in to give the reading in William’s place.

Royal guests arrive at King Constantine of Greece’s memorial service

Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece at Windsor today

Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece at Windsor today

Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain are greeted as they attend the service today

Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain are greeted as they attend the service today

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Thomas Hooper and Lady Alexandra Hooper arrive at St George's Chapel today for the thanksgiving service for King Constantine

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Thomas Hooper and Lady Alexandra Hooper arrive at St George’s Chapel today for the thanksgiving service for King Constantine

Sir Jackie Stewart (centre) attends the thanksgiving service at Windsor Castle this morning

Spain's Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, Infanta Cristina of Spain and Juan Valentin Urdangarin attend the thanksgiving service for King Constantine at St George's Chapel in Windsor today

Spain’s Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, Infanta Cristina of Spain and Juan Valentin Urdangarin attend the thanksgiving service for King Constantine at St George’s Chapel in Windsor today

The King was close to his second cousin Constantine, who was a first cousin once removed and sailing partner of the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Constantine died aged 82, decades after being toppled from the throne in a military coup.

The King has reportedly sought spiritual advice from his friend Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Greek Orthodox Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos.

Abbot Ephraim is said to have told Greek media outlets: ‘Yes, he has been in contact since the diagnosis and I believe he’ll overcome it. Charles has a spiritual sophistication, a spiritual life.’

Charles, 75, who was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer just over a fortnight ago, is not carrying out public duties while he has treatment.

Constantine was a first cousin once removed and sailing partner of the late Duke of Edinburgh, and died at the age of 82 in January last year, decades after being toppled from the throne in a military coup.

The King had a close friendship with Constantine, choosing him as a godfather for his son William, now the Prince of Wales.

Dax Miller and Alexandra von Furstenberg arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle today

Dax Miller and Alexandra von Furstenberg arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle today

Members of the Greek Royal Family arrive to attend the thanksgiving service at Windsor today

Members of the Greek Royal Family arrive to attend the thanksgiving service at Windsor today

Sir Jackie Stewart attends a thanksgiving service for King Constantine at Windsor Castle today

Sir Jackie Stewart attends a thanksgiving service for King Constantine at Windsor Castle today

Guests attend the thanksgiving service for King Constantine at St George's Chapel today

Guests attend the thanksgiving service for King Constantine at St George’s Chapel today

Greece's Crown Prince Pavlos and Greece's Crown Princess Marie-Chantal arrive today

Greece’s Crown Prince Pavlos and Greece’s Crown Princess Marie-Chantal arrive today

Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark and Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark at Windsor

Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark and Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark at Windsor

Guests attend the thanksgiving service for King Constantine at St George's Chapel today

Guests attend the thanksgiving service for King Constantine at St George’s Chapel today

Queen leaves memorial service for King Constantine of Greece

The former king was also godfather to the daughter of Prince and Princess of Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella Kingston.

Camilla and other family members will be joined by the late king’s widow Queen Anne-Marie, their eldest son, Crown Prince Pavlos and other members of the Greek royal family for the service in the nave of the 15th century chapel.

Charles was unable to attend Constantine’s funeral in Athens last year because of commitments which included meeting the president of Cyprus. The Princess Royal represented him at the service.

Constantine, who died in an Athens hospital, acceded to the throne at the age of 23 in 1964.

King Constantine attends church with Charles and Camilla at Sandringham in December 2007

King Constantine attends church with Charles and Camilla at Sandringham in December 2007

King Constantine II and Queen Elizabeth II at Wellington College in Berkshire in October 2011

King Constantine II and Queen Elizabeth II at Wellington College in Berkshire in October 2011

Prince William and Kate Middleton speak to King Constantine at Windsor Castle in 2012

Prince William and Kate Middleton speak to King Constantine at Windsor Castle in 2012

King Constantine (top left) after Prince William's confirmation in 1997 as one of his godparents

King Constantine (top left) after Prince William’s confirmation in 1997 as one of his godparents

King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie, pictured with four of their children in 2014

King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie, pictured with four of their children in 2014

Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece (centre left) and Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (centre right) carry the coffin of King Constantine II during a burial at Tatoi in January 2023

Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece (centre left) and Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (centre right) carry the coffin of King Constantine II during a burial at Tatoi in January 2023

King Charles met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Buckingham Palace on February 21, with the pair seen smiling during their first face-to-face meeting since the King's cancer diagnosis

King Charles met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Buckingham Palace on February 21, with the pair seen smiling during their first face-to-face meeting since the King’s cancer diagnosis

King Charles and PM meet for first time since cancer diagnosis

The young king, who had won Olympic gold in sailing, was initially hugely popular.

By the following year he had squandered much of that support with his active involvement in the machinations that brought down the popularly elected Centre Union government of prime minister George Papandreou.

The episode, still widely known in Greece as the ‘apostasy’ or defection from the ruling party of several politicians, destabilised the constitutional order and led to a military coup in 1967.

Constantine eventually clashed with the military rulers and was forced into exile.

The dictatorship abolished the monarchy in 1973 and a referendum after democracy was restored in 1974 dashed any hopes Constantine had of reigning again.

He lived in exile for many years in Hampstead Garden Suburb in north London, before returning to his home country in 2013.

 



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