Kate, Princess of Wales, 'may not return to work this year'

Kate, Princess of Wales, may stay out of the public eye with no working engagements for the rest of the year according to new reports this weekend. In March this year, Kate released a video message explaining that she is undergoing treatment for cancer.

She said at the time: “My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy and I look forward to being back when I am able, but for now I must focus on making a full recovery.”

And a Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The Princess will return to official duties when she is cleared to do so by her medical team. She is in good spirits and is focused on making a full recovery.” A Palace spokesman said at the time: “Their Royal Highnesses understand the interest this update will generate and are grateful for the public support they have received throughout this period.

“Kensington Palace will provide information, when the time is right, and the princess is able to restart work and her duties. In the meantime, we would ask that the family’s privacy is respected.”

It was expected that the Prince of Wales would carry out engagements when their children returned to school after the Easter holidays. However, that has not happened and the family is once again heading to the countryside to spend time together this half term.

This week it was made clear that the Princess is not 'working from home', while she is being made aware of developments.

Now a source has told US news, politics and entertainment site The Daily Beast : "Lots of people involved in planning need to know what all the principals are doing a long way in advance. I am told that Kate’s diary for this year is empty. There is nothing planned. She may not appear in public for the rest of the year."

It comes after MailOnline this week reported 'we might not see Catherine again until the autumn—and only then if she has recovered fully.'

A friend of Kate and William told The Daily Beast: “The key thing for her now is avoiding any kind of stress or anxiety and just getting on with the business of getting better. They will bail out and be off to Sandringham the moment school breaks up.”

Kensington Palace has said that Kate had major abdominal surgery in January and that surgery was successful. At the time of surgery, it was thought that the condition was non-cancerous and no tests had confirmed the presence of cancer.

Post-operative tests found that cancer had been present and Kate has now begun a course of preventative chemotherapy.

A palace source told the Daily Beast: "The Princess is continuing her recovery at home. She continues to need the space and time to prioritize her privacy, as she said in her video."