7:56 AM PT -- King Charles will go into the hospital next week for treatment for an enlarged prostate, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement.
The 75-year-old's public engagements "will be postponed for a short period of recuperation."
Kate Middleton went under the knife to deal with something in her gut -- and now, the Royals are saying she's gonna be bedridden in the hospital for two whole weeks.
The Princess of Wales underwent a scheduled abdominal surgery Tuesday -- which Kensington Palace says was successful. They don't get into details about what the procedure was meant to address -- but they do say she'll remain hospitalized for the time being.
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Specifically, they say Kate will be under a doctor's care for at least 10 days ... if not 14. They also say that as she recovers, she won't be able to perform her public duties as a Senior Royal until after Easter -- something they say was recommended as medical advice.
Again, Kensington Palace isn't getting into the specifics of what's going on with her -- and they explicitly ask the public to respect her privacy during this time. They note they'll only provide significant updates on her condition ... and nothing more.
Still, it's a startling development, which seems to have come out of nowhere -- and more troubling is the fact that a 14-day hospital stay after a surgery is quite a long time. Mind you, we haven't seen Kate in public since December ... and she looked pretty okay then.
Here's hoping for a speedy recovery. Get well soon!