The Biggest Mystery About Kate Middleton’s Return to Public Activity

For those who keep track of Royal Family drama, the last few months have been a real rollercoaster. In January, Kate Middleton was admitted to the hospital for routine abdominal surgery, but afterward, Kensington Palace issued a statement that she wouldn’t be returning to public life for months. This instantly began widespread speculation that she had received some kind of scary health diagnosis that required such a long recovery.

The Royal Family tried to put an end to these rumors in many ways, including allegedly releasing a Photoshopped picture of Kate and using a possible body double on a public outing with William. Eventually, Kate came clean with the grim news that she had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Now, the exact date of her return to public activity is completely unknown. What is going on with this mystery, and what does it mean for the Royal Family? Keep reading to find out!

Kate missed the deadline for her original return

As noted above, Kate Middleton originally went to the hospital for her abdominal surgery on January 17. Official statements indicated that this was a planned procedure, so most people weren’t too worried about Kate. However, the fact that the Palace refused to disclose what procedure she was getting or why she even went to the hospital ended up raising a few eyebrows.

The real shocker came from the official statement that Kate’s recovery meant that she couldn’t resume any official duties until after Easter. No routine abdominal surgery would require such an extensive recovery time, and Kate eventually revealed her cancer diagnosis. Now, Easter has come and gone without her return to official duties, prompting some to wonder just how long it will be before she is back in action.

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Her official return now has no timeframe

Now that Kate Middleton missed the official return deadline, her biggest fans were hoping the Palace might reveal a new one. However, no such deadline has been revealed, meaning there is no longer any kind of official timeframe for her return to public life. Given the past few months, however, that might be a good thing.

After Kate was diagnosed with cancer, it seems like the idea that she would be back to royal duties around Easter was an overly optimistic one. Certainly, the Palace did a poor job hiding that diagnosis from the world, leading to months of speculation before Kate’s grim revelation that she has cancer. Given all of this, it might be for the best to not create a new deadline that Kate could potentially miss, although it sounds like we might see her in a less official capacity sooner rather than later.

A smaller return to public life may be around the corner

Royal Correspondent Cameron Walker revealed to GB News that “What I am hearing from those close to the Princess is that she may well decide to attend certain events if she feels up to it, and if she’s keen to go.” In other words, we may not have to wait until Kate is a working royal again to see her make some public appearances.

However, Walker cautions that “in terms of a return to full-scale public duties and as a full-time working royal, I suspect that will take some time.” He noted that realistically, the timeframe for her return to any aspect of public life ‘just depends on how her treatment goes.” Fortunately, Kensington Palace claims she is in good spirits, which is a major part of her recovery.

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Her uncertain return is casting a royal shadow

It’s obviously very important for Kate Middleton to focus on her recovery right now. However, it’s something of an open secret that her recent health crisis is casting a major shadow on the Royal Family, especially in conjunction with Charles’ own health diagnosis.

The fact that both Kate and Charles are dealing with cancer at the same time means that both of them have had to largely drop out of public life. Since they are two of the most prominent members of the Royal Family, that means the rest of the royals are having to take up extra duties even as the entire family seems less relevant than ever before. Now, it seems, some royals are taking it harder than others.

Making waves with other members of the Royal Family

While Kate Middleton has been forcibly removed from public life by cancer, Princesse Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have seemingly been removed from service by scandal. Their father is the notorious Prince Andrew, and it seems likely that their connection to him is why neither woman has been asked to step up and help with royal duties. According to one of their friends, the princesses find this completely unfair.

A friend of theirs told The Daily Beast “It seems mean that the girls aren’t being used at all when they have made it clear they want to be of service, especially when Prince Andrew has been accepted back into the fold.” The women believe “They have done nothing wrong and they shouldn’t be visited with the sins of their father. They are very upset to have been ignored by the king as they feel they have a lot to offer, but ultimately not surprised.”

To this, we can only tell the princesses to give it time. The longer Charles and Kate are out of commission, the likelier it becomes that Beatrice and Eugenie will make their own triumphant return, especially since the two of them can better appeal to young people than the older members of this famous family.

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