Prince William has visited his wife, Catherine, Princess of Wales, every day since she underwent a "serious" abdominal surgery on January 16. Reports reflect the heir to the throne's dedication to his future queen, but it is believed that the royal super couple's children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, have not been to the London Clinic yet, and are likely speaking with their mother via video.
This is likely a particular hardship for Her Royal Highness, who is very much a "hands-on" type of parent, according to multiple royal analysts.
"Kate loves FaceTiming the children when she is working away overseas, so I'm sure they will be in regular contact while she's in the hospital, and the kids will be keen to see her as soon as she's well enough," royal commentator Emily Nash dished. "She loves having her family around her so will be looking forward to getting home and having cuddles with the kids. Both William and Kate are very hands-on parents — they take the kids to school, attend sports matches and concerts, and try to be home for bedtime as much as they can."
Nash added: "While Kate is in hospital, William will be at home, keeping things as normal as possible."
The Princess of Wales is expected to be released from the private London Clinic, which is renowned for treating "major digestive abnormalities," sometime next week. She will reportedly recuperate further at the Wales' tranquil Windsor Castle home, Adelaide Cottage, although some reports are suggesting the princess may recover at Kensington Palace. The future Queen Consort will not undertake any public engagements until after Easter.
"It's going to be a long stay in hospital afterward — these days they get the patients out of hospital as soon as possible back on their feet," royal journalist Michael Cole, who has covered the royal family for decades, told an outlet as the news of Her Royal Highness' condition set in. "So that also does indicate the seriousness of the nature of whatever it is that is ailing her."
Upon the "out of nowhere" announcement of the princess' condition last week, a Kensington Palace spokesman 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."
"We don't know what's wrong or why she needed the operation," psychiatrist Dr. Max Pemberton told an outlet when highlighting Kate's predicament. "But Kate has always struck me as quite down-to-earth, level-headed, and stoical, so I'm sure she wouldn't have heeded medical advice and taken that much time off unless really necessary."
He continued: "Of course, there's always someone who will tell you how they had a hysterectomy in their lunch break, or their appendix removed while on the school run."
Daily Mirror reported on Nash's comments.