British royals King Charles and Catherine, the Princess of Wales, will take time off from public events in the coming weeks due to planned medical procedures, according to two separate palace announcements yesterday. The revelations came less than two hours apart in what some observers have described as atypical candor around the royals' health.
The king was in Scotland for talks when Buckingham Palace announced the 75-year-old would undergo a corrective procedure for his prostate next week. The prostate is a gland in the male groin area that commonly enlarges in men over 50, a low-risk condition distinct from prostate cancer. Charles is expected to make a quick recovery.
Catherine, the 42-year-old wife of Prince William and future queen, underwent abdominal surgery at a private hospital in London and is expected to remain there for two weeks. Kensington Palace revealed the issue was not cancer but provided no further details as to the specific procedure. The princess is recovering normally.