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The Palace Denies Claims Princess Kate Was In A Coma After Surgery

The record is being set straight on Kate Middleton’s recent health scare. Following the Princess of Wales’ abdominal surgery in January, journalist Concha Calleja falsely claimed on the popular Spanish news program Fiesta that Princess Kate, 42, was in a coma due to complications, The Times reported.

“The doctors had to take drastic decisions at that moment because of the complications that arose,” she said, according to The Times. “The decision was to put her in an induced coma. They had to intubate her. There were serious complications that they didn’t expect because the operation went well, but the postoperative period didn’t go so well.”

Calleja reported that Kate’s life was in “great danger” following the surgery and that “practically an entire hospital” was set up in the royal’s home for the recovery process. Other Spanish media outlets also picked up the report.

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However, a palace source vehemently denied the claims, PEOPLE understands.

“It’s total nonsense,” a palace source told The Times. “No attempt was made by that journalist to fact-check anything that she said with anyone in the household. It’s fundamentally, totally made-up, and I’ll use polite English here: it’s absolutely not the case.”

Kensington Palace announced on Jan. 17 that the Princess of Wales underwent a “planned abdominal surgery” at The London Clinic the previous day. While her diagnosis was kept private, it is known to be noncancerous.

The palace added that the surgery was “successful,” but her recovery would require her to stay at the hospital for up to two weeks. After 13 days at The London Clinic, Princess Kate returned home to Windsor on Monday, where she will continue her recovery. She is not expected to return to royal duty until after Easter, the palace said.

“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate. She hopes that the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible; and her wish that her personal medical information remains private,” Kensington Palace said in their initial statement on the health news. “Kensington Palace will, therefore, only provide updates on Her Royal Highness’ progress when there is significant new information to share.”

READ: The Palace Announced Princess Kate Is Back Home Following Abdominal Surgery

Prince William is taking some time away from royal duty to help his family during his wife’s recovery.

King Charles also underwent a medical procedure this month, seeking treatment for an enlarged prostate. On Jan. 29, Charles was captured in photographs leaving the hospital through the front entrance after his discharge, while Kate, in line with her wish for privacy, departed discreetly.

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Royal author Robert Hardman tells PEOPLE exclusively, “In both the Princess and the King’s cases, this shows a handling of very personal, very delicate matters that you wouldn’t have seen in the past. It would have been a much more guarded response. It shows they are adapting to the times.”

“Yes, the public has a right to know some things, but not everything,” he adds.


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