LONDON — Kate, the Princess of Wales, has undergone planned abdominal surgery and will be hospitalized for up to two weeks, Kensington Palace said Wednesday. “Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was admitted to The London Clinic yesterday for planned abdominal surgery," said the palace, which is the home and office of the royal couple. "Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter," it said. Kate is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter, Kensington Palace said. The ongoing controversy surrounding Prince Andrew's relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein saw him step back from royal duties in 2022.