Almost a month after the operation Kate Middleton, the mystery remains around the illness suffered by the Princess of Wales, who had an abdominal operation. “Not cancer,” Kensington Palace simply said in the face of concerns, but enough to require hospitalization for a significant period (13 days) and a long convalescence at home, since the mother of the Prince Georgeof the Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis is not expected to reappear in public until Easter. An absence all the more important since the king Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer and is expected to limit his public engagements while he undergoes treatment. Even if the sovereign has since appeared in public, notably supported by his wife Camilla Queen Consortupon leaving the hospital and then at mass, the princess remains in total shadow even if she could, in the future, talk about this major operation.
This silence, so unusual in a country where the tabloids have shown so little regard for respect for the private lives of personalities, including royals, fuels all the questions. Thus, a reshuffle in the entourage of Prince William interested in the highest point: his private secretary Jean-Christophe Graywho was spokesperson for the former British Prime Minister David Cameronwill leave the functions he has held since 2021, in favor of Ian Patricka former diplomat who once worked for Labor Paddy Ashdown. Beyond the political affiliation of the current private secretary and his successor, it is one of Ian Patrick’s extra-professional activities which has attracted the attention of crown observers: he is a member of the board of directors from the Crohn’s & Colitis UK organization, dedicated to Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and forms of inflammatory bowel disease.
Crohn’s disease, “a disease of the digestive tract which is part of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, according to the definition of Vidal, evolves in unpredictable outbreaks whose frequency and severity vary depending on the patient. “Treatment aims to relieve flare-ups and prevent relapses. It does not cure the disease but allows patients to maintain a satisfactory quality of life,” continues the specialized dictionary, according to which it affects one person in 1000. The media specifies that in certain cases, a surgical operation is necessary. According to the specialized site crohn’s disease.fr, the installation of an intestinal bag can be considered. Such an intervention could justify long weeks away from the public eye.
Between medical confidentiality and public prevention
Even if Kate Middleton could reveal in the future the cause of her long sick leave, these weeks of sick leave have rekindled questions about the medical confidentiality of the British royal family. The health of monarchs has long been a taboo subject, as evidenced by the cancer suffered by Elizabeth II in her final years – no word has filtered out about this illness. Shortly after the announcement of the prostate exam that Charles III was to undergo, the British Health Service thanked him because searches for “enlarged prostate” surged on their official website, as many hoped. authorities, routine examinations and, perhaps, diagnoses allowing cancers to be caught in due time. But despite her popularity, Kate Middleton’s health is not of public interest like that of Charles III, head of state.
The concomitant absence of Kate Middleton, Prince William at her bedside and Charles III also raised the question of the importance of the tight monarchy desired by the new monarch. In their absence, their public engagements were postponed and the face of the monarchy was worn by the Princess Annethe hardest working member of the royal family, the Prince Edwardthe youngest ofElizabeth II and Prince Philipand his wife Sophie, Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. Although popular with the public, they have less media reach. The express arrival of Prince Harrywho remained on British soil for 24 hours, gave some people hope for a return of the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle, within “La Firme”. But the multiple intimate revelations made in his book The Substitute and in other public appearances have still not been forgiven by his brother William: the future king did not see his brother when he came to London, nor did his sister-in-law Kate Middleton, to whom he seemed so close for years.
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