Kate's surgery was 'no minor matter' - it's 'obviously major' with long recovery

Kate's surgery was 'no minor matter' - it's 'obviously major' with long recovery

Kate's surgery was 'no minor matter', says Michael Cole

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 14/02/2024

- 16:08

The Princess underwent planned abdominal surgery

Princess Kate’s surgery was “no minor matter” and we can’t expect to see her back in action for some time, according to a royal expert.

Michael Cole joined Nana Akua on GBN America to explain how the monarchy is operating as its slimmed down approach is tested.

King Charles’s cancer diagnosis and Kate’s planned abdominal surgery has mounted pressure on a stretched Firm which has seen key figures step away from duties in recent years.

Prince William has jumped back into the fold despite originally planning to take time off to care for his family during his wife’s recovery.

Princess Kate and Michael Cole

Princess Kate's surgery was 'no minor matter', Michael Cole has claimed


Cole told GB News that the Princess should not be following suit as her operation was “obviously major”.

“Other members of the Royal Family, like Prince William, will have to step up and do more”, he said.


“Of course, that’s complicated because at the same time his wife, the Princess of Wales, is suffering also with an undisclosed form of illness.

“Without any doubt, the surgery she underwent at the London Clinic was no minor matter.

“She was in there for 13 nights, 14 days and we don’t know what’s wrong, but it’s obviously major.

“She’s now recovering up at their house and the hall on the Sandringham Estate, and we wish her well.”

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Nana Akua and Michael Cole

Michael Cole joined Nana Akua on GBN America


The former BBC royal correspondent went on to discuss how the matter has affected the Firm.

“Everything has changed”, he said.

“It’s very difficult and it’s very unfortunate for the King because he waited 70 years to inherit this role and he started off doing it very well.

“He’s now got this hiatus, this push back, but the affairs of state will continue. There’s no doubt of that.”

The 42-year-old future Queen is not expected to return to official duties until after Easter.

Speaking upon her departure from hospital in January, a Kensington Palace spokesperson 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.

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

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