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Kate Middleton is finally back home after her abdominal surgery. The reports about her well-being have been few, but Kensington Palace has stated that she is “making good progress.”

Per preliminary reports, the Princess of Wales won’t return to her normal duties until after Easter. However, now, an expert in the field of abdominal surgery gives worrying news, explaining that it might take longer until she has fully recovered.

On Monday, January 29, Kensington Palace shared news that Kate Middleton would finally leave The London Clinic and reunite with her husband and children at their Windsor home. The princess is said to be doing great and will continue to recover at home and won’t return to royal duty until after Easter.

Kate Middleton back home from surgery

“The Princess of Wales has returned home to Windsor to continue her recovery from surgery. She is making good progress,” Kensington Palace said in a statement Monday.

“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 palace said in a statement shared with HuffPost. “The Wales family continues to be grateful for the well wishes they have received from around the world.”

She will now stay at her Windsor home, Adelaide Cottage, to recover and won’t be returning to royal duties before Easter.

Kate and the palace decided to share the news that she had undergone abdominal surgery, but more details were kept private.

Meanwhile, reports about what really had happened flooded the internet. One report from journalist Concha Calleja stated that Kate’s life was in “great danger,” which the journalist shared on the program Fiesta. Moreover, Calleja claimed that “practically an entire hospital” was set up in Kate and William’s home for the recovery period.

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However, the news was nothing but false, a palace source told The Times.

“It’s total nonsense,” the source said.” No attempt was made by that journalist to fact-check anything that she said with anyone in the household. It’s fundamentally, totally made-up, and I’ll use polite English here: it’s absolutely not the case.”

Royal expert issues warning to Kate

For Kate, recovering at home, far away from reporters, cameras, and photographers, and with his family close by, is the best possible outcome. Meanwhile, she is said to continue doing royal work from bed, which she has already done at the hospital.

However, staying at Adelaide Cottage might not be the best regarding her health. At least that is what royal correspondent Michael Cole is claiming.

Speaking with GB News, the expert claimed that recovering at Adelaide Cottage is the best option for Kate, as she will be close to her family. However, because it’s rumored to be very cold inside, it may hinder her recovery.

“It’s not an absolutely ideal place. A former tenant of Adelaide Cottage was Mrs. Rosemary Townsend, the wife of Group Captain Peter Townsend, who famously had an affair with Princess Margaret,” Michael Cole said just a day after Kate’s surgery was announced.

“And [Mrs. Rosemary Townsend] wrote in her memoirs that it was the coldest place she’d ever encountered in the whole of her life. So maybe not the best place to start feeling better, particularly in this quite cold winter that we’re enjoying at the moment.”

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As Kate leaves The London Clinic and returns to Windsor, Michael Cole warns Kate Middleton to avoid recovering at Adelaide Cottage.

“It’s not terribly big”

Meanwhile, as her parents will support her, Cole concludes that the Princess of Wales might only stay home for a while.

“It was interesting there was no departure photo call and she’s gone off straight to Adelaide Cottage in the middle of Windsor Great Park to recuperate,” he told GB News.

“That, of course, is where her children are, they go to school locally and she’ll want to be there, but it’s not an ideal place for recuperatios. It’s not terribly big. In fact, there’s no room inside the house for the nanny; she has to live in an outbuilding.”

Michael Cole concluded, “Catherine’s parents have a larger house not far away in Berkshire, but she’s on the way to recovery.”

Speaking of photographs, Princess Kate wasn’t pictured when leaving The London Clinic or arriving. Meanwhile, King Charles left the hospital through the front door after his treatment for an enlarged prostate.

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It’s said that Kate left through a private exit, but photographers still managed to get a photo of her assistant, Natasha Archer. She was, in fact, the only member of Kate’s team to be photographed on the day she left the clinic.

How Kate managed to leave The London Clinic without being photographed

So how did she do it? Royal photographer James Whatling has one suggestion.

Speaking on Hello Magazine’s podcast, A Right Royal Podcast, Whatling said Kate most likely left unnoticed in a separate car. 

“Some people are saying that the Princess of Wales was in the back of the car, but I’ve studied the picture and I can’t see it,” Whatling said.

“All they really had to do was put the Princess of Wales in a car that was not really recognisable as a royal car. Harry and Meghan used to use unmarked people carriers – something like that would have been comfortable,” he added.

Looking back, Kate has always been okay with being out in public, going to bars, shopping, or enjoying music festivals. She’s also reportedly found a way to secure some alone time in which to unwind, which could be a clue to how she managed to “sneak out” from The London Clinic.

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In short, Kate Middleton has managed to keep a secret from most people, and on occasion, sneaks out of her family’s house, Adelaide Cottage at the Windsor grounds, to enjoy what one royal expert calls “me time.” This includes a clever trick so that the public does not discover her.

How Kate sneaks out of the house in the early morning

According to royal expert Tina Brown, author of The Palace Papers, the Princess of Wales usually sets her alarm very early. She leaves the royal household before her three children, and William wakes up, making sure to beat the morning traffic.

Brown revealed that when Kate sneaks out of the family home early in the morning, she always heads to her favorite public spots for peace and quiet with no one else around.

It also means that the Princess of Wales can avoid reporters and photographers. With no one to follow her, Kate can better “nourish her life,” Brown explained. Of course, her trick hasn’t always succeeded. For example, on a secret visit to a David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, Kate’s “cover” was reportedly blown.

As mentioned, Kate is said to be recovering until after Easter. However, nothing is set in stone. But at the same time, an expert now claims that the worst-case scenario could mean we won’t see her for a long time.

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Speaking to Hello Magazine, Shashank Gurjar, a consultant and colorectal surgeon specializing in the keyhole and open surgery for bowel cancer, explained what the recovery period looks like.

Kate Middleton surgery recovery could take nine months, expert says

It will take “a good six weeks to let the wounds fully heal,” he said. But at the same time, if it’s a large wound, meaning the stitch will be bigger, Kate could have problems with it for “six to nine months.”

“The skin itself heals within 48 hours, but the knitting together of the abdominal muscle, which is the sheath of the muscle, that has a stronger stitch which may last a good six months,” Shashank Gurjar told Hello.

Further, the expert said that Kate will need to focus on three main things when recovering to make it as smooth as possible.

“I think the important thing is firstly to recognise that you’ve gone through something significant. This is a life event. You cannot think you’re going to bounce back tomorrow. You’ve got to give it time,” he said.

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“The next thing is nutrition. You must ensure that your nutrition is adequate because wounds need to heal. So you need a good mix of multivitamins, microelements, and all the stuff that you need in a good diet. Carbohydrates, fats, proteins, everything. So a good sensible diet.”

Gurjar concluded, “The third thing is to build up mobility bit by bit. You’re not going to get better by sitting or lying in a bed all day every day for the next two weeks. That doesn’t help either. So you need the insight, you need the nutrition, and you need the recognition that you have to start mobilizing and build up slowly, but surely.”

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