Princess Kate Will Be "Ready to Talk" About Her Absence When She Gets Back to Work, Source Claims

The Palace has released very few details about her illness and recovery.

Kate Middleton at work with children
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Princess Kate (AKA Kate Middleton) is most likely to reveal details of her prolonged absence once she gets back to work, sources have claimed.

"When she goes back to work after Easter, she will likely be ready to talk about it," a source close to Kate told Us Weekly. They added that Kate would most likely reveal more details "when she’s doing a royal walkabout and meeting and greeting members of the public."

This echoes comments made by a source close to the royals over the weekend, speaking to the Sunday Times. "They are at their most open when out interacting with members of the public and I can see a world in which the princess might discuss her recovery out on engagements," the Times' source said. "If she was going to do it, that’s how she would do it."

Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Prince Louis of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales attend the Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023.

Princess Kate was last seen out in public on Christmas Day.

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The Princess of Wales has been absent from public life since Christmas Day, with the Palace announcing that she had undergone a "planned abdominal surgery" in mid-January. Since then, her recovery has been shrouded in mystery—even among Palace staffers, allegedly.

"Nobody at the Palace knows what the exact medical condition Kate has been suffering with," Us Weekly's source continued.

"But Kate is a very transparent person. She’s not really capable of lying but at this stage and just wants her privacy."

"She doesn’t hide things and doesn’t have that ability to sneak around," the insider continued, adding that Kate would be most likely to "open up to a regular person" and that she "doesn’t want all this fuss and bother."

Because of the Palace's vague statements about Kate's wellbeing and whereabouts, conspiracy theories have been running rampant online. But if these royal-adjacent sources are to be believed, Kate may simply want to speak about her illness and recovery on her own terms—which, fair enough.

Iris Goldsztajn
Morning Editor

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Bustle and Shape. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.