United Kingdom. King Charles III ‘doing well’ after prostate surgery

United Kingdom.  King Charles III ‘doing well’ after prostate surgery

The king Charles III had prostate surgery on Friday in London, in the clinic where Kate, Princess of Wales, has been recovering from abdominal surgery since last week. British media said he was “doing well”.

Queen Camilla left the London Clinic in the middle of the afternoon where the 75-year-old king had arrived with her in the morning for this procedure, announced by Buckingham Palace last week. Smiling, she made no statement.

“Short period” of convalescence

The London Clinic is a high-end private hospital in the exclusive district of Marylebone, where the Prince Philipbut also American President John F. Kennedy and actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Princess Kate, wife of Prince Williamheir to the throne, recovering from abdominal surgery carried out “successfully” on January 16. The hugely popular 42-year-old princess has suspended her public activities until Easter.

According to British media, the king visited him before his prostate operation. Charles III will have to observe “a short period” of convalescence, the duration of which has not been specified.

Buckingham Palace announced Friday morning in a press release the king’s hospitalization, a clear break with the past, when royal health was shrouded in mystery.

“Positive impact on awareness”

The Palace had already announced its diagnosis of enlarged prostate last week, in order to encourage screening for this very common pathology in men of a certain age and generally not serious. However, it can lead to a progressive deterioration in bladder function as well as urinary infections if left untreated.

“Her Majesty would like to thank everyone who sent her their wishes over the past week and is delighted to learn that her diagnosis is having a positive impact on raising awareness of public health issues,” the Palace said on Friday.

The announcement last week of his diagnosis caused a jump in the number of visits to the page dedicated to this pathology on the website of the NHS, the British public health system.

Mysterious hospitalization for Kate

Charles III, who succeeded Elizabeth II in September 2022, usually has a very busy schedule. He had canceled several public engagements last week to rest.

He returned to London on Thursday afternoon after spending a few days at his residence in Sandringham, eastern England.

Queen Camilla was then reassuring, assuring that her husband was “fine” and that he was “in a hurry to get back to work”. The Palace insisted on the routine nature of this procedure which affects “thousands of men each year”.

With the exception of a few polo injuries and a skiing accident, which nearly cost him his life in 1998, Charles III was generally in good health throughout his life. Princess Kate must spend between ten and fourteen days in hospital. The pathology from which she suffers has not been revealed.

The princely couple’s services assured that their operation had taken place “successfully” and requested respect for their private life, demanding “that their personal medical information remain confidential”. The only information that the monarchy let leak: it is not cancer. Prince William has cleared his diary while she recovers from her operation.

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