Princess Kate appoints new private secretary as she continues to recuperate

Princess Kate appoints new private secretary as she continues to recuperate

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Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 22/02/2024

- 19:39

Updated: 23/02/2024

- 17:33

The Princess of Wales is resting at Adelaide Cottage after 'planned abdominal surgery'

Princess Kate has appointed a new private secretary as she continues to recuperate at Adelaide Cottage, GB News can confirm.

Last month, the Princess of Wales underwent "successful" abdominal surgery at The London Clinic, and is now resting at home.

Kensington Palace has confirmed to GB News that Lieutenant Colonel Tom White, Queen Elizabeth II’s former equerry, has been appointed as Kate’s private secretary.

The princess has been without a private secretary for over a year.

Princess Kate

Princess Kate has filled the post for her private secretary


Kate invited White to join her at a public engagement towards the end of 2023 to see what the job entails.

The previous person tipped to take the role was Alison Corfield, described as a "straight-talking" brand management expert.

White worked for the late Queen Elizabeth II until her death in September 2022.

Before that, the Royal Marines officer served in Afghanistan in 2009.

Lieutenant Colonel Tom White

Lieutenant Colonel Tom White [left] welcoming former PM Liz Truss to Balmoral


Kate, 42, is not expected to return to working royal duties until at least after Easter.

Last month, Kensington Palace released the following statement: "Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was admitted to The London Clinic yesterday for planned abdominal surgery.

"The surgery was successful and it is expected that she will remain in hospital for 10 to 14 days, before returning home to continue her recovery.

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

Kate Middleton

Kate returned home to Adelaide Cottage after surgery

Prince William

Prince William has since returned to royal duties


"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.

"Kensington Palace will, therefore, only provide updates on Her Royal Highness’ progress when there is significant new information to share.

"The Princess of Wales wishes to apologise to all those concerned for the fact that she has to postpone her upcoming engagements. She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible."

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