After almost two weeks at the London Clinic following her abdominal surgery. Kensington Palace has announced that Kate Middleton finally will return to Windsor to continue her recovery.
The royals are just like anyone else and have to deal with health issues like the best of us. However, as this was quite special, the media interest has been significant, and rumors have been many.
While Kate has decided not to share all the details regarding her medical status, the public has wanted more insights and information about her. That has left one royal expert quite frustrated – comparing it to bullying. Sadly, that has happened to Kate Middleton before.
Kate Middleton has spent almost two weeks at the London Clinic after what Kensington Palace stated was a “planned” abdominal surgery. On Wednesday, nearly two weeks ago, the Palace released the statement just an hour before news came out that King Charles was set to undergo treatment for an enlarged prostate. Today, 13 days after the surgery, she can finally go home.
According to the Telegraph, Kate wasn’t rushed to the hospital. However, aides were still planning for her trips and future engagements as recently as the end of last week. Meanwhile, later on, issues arose surrounding Kate’s choice to not share the news with anyone other than close family.
Kate Middleton hid her planned surgery from family friends
As per People Magazine, the news of Kate Middleton’s hospitalization was a complete surprise for those working closely with the royals, relatives, and friends within William and Kate’s broader circle. The Princess of Wales hid that something was up.
After Christmas, Prince William and Kate caught up with friends at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk before having a private birthday celebration on January 9.
Within their broader circle of friends, when they were at Anmer Hall, no indication showed that anything was wrong with Kate.
“The carefully guarded news about Kate’s situation came as a surprise even to those who work closely with the royal family,” People reported.
Prince William is said to have visited his beloved wife every morning at the hospital, which has been heavily guarded by police.
But what is The London Clinic, and how is it to stay there? The private hospital in central London, just one hour’s car ride from Windsor, has had many famous guests. It was opened by the then Duke and Duchess of York in 1932 and has become a hospital many celebrities have visited.
John F. Kennedy, then a US Congressman, was diagnosed with Addison’s disease at the clinic in 1947. In 1963, Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor underwent a knee operation at The London Clinic after falling while filming a movie.
Kate Middleton treated at the London Clinic
Moreover, in 1998, the former dictator of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, was arrested for crimes against humanity while at the clinic.
The royal family has been in contact with The London Clinic in several ways. Starting in the 1980s, royal family members have been officially launching several of the hospital’s facilities. In 1989, then-Prince Charles opened its physiotherapy department, and two years later Princess Margret opened the MRI unit. In 2010, Queen Elizabeth II visited The London Clinic to open its new cancer unit.
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As reported by the Daily Mail, the private hospital has a leading cancer center where patients undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Kate Middleton isn’t the only royal family member who has been a patient there. In 1980, Princess Margaret was treated at the London Clinic to have a benign skin lesion removed, and in 2013, Prince Philip went through what was described as an “abdominal investigation.”
So, what can one expect as a patient at The London Clinic? Well, you will likely have quite the stay.
The large, private rooms include an electronic patient-controlled bed, a private bathroom, a large TV, and a deposit box. The food is arranged by head chef Paul O’Brien, who makes a variety of dishes for the patients.
Patients get their own concierge service
Patients get their own concierge service, while the hospital’s chef serves fish from Cornish boats and meat from Smithfields Market, The Economic Times report.
Moreover, a concierge can help patients arrange travel and accommodation while also booking tours, theatre shows, and restaurants.
A former patient at The London Clinic Rooms has spoken to People about what it’s like. The person said the private hospital has “three or four different menus” to satisfy various dietary preferences and requirements.