The latest royal statement addresses all the Kate Middleton speculation.

Kensington Palace has shared a rare statement about Kate Middleton’s recovery from surgery following a surge in speculation about her whereabouts.

“We were very clear from the outset that the Princess of Wales was out until after Easter and Kensington Palace would only be providing updates when something was significant. That guideline stands,” a spokesperson said, reiterating that Kate was “doing well”.

Kate underwent abdominal surgery in January and will return to public events after Easter.

Online concern for Kate grew this week, following her husband Prince William’s late withdrawal from a memorial service at Windsor Castle for his godfather, the late King Constantine of Greece, due to an ‘unspecified personal reason’.

At the time, Kensington Palace said the prince unfortunately could no longer attend because of a personal matter but didn’t give any further detail.

It’s rare but not unheard of for royals to pull out of engagements. William recently postponed official duties to help care for wife and their three children after she underwent surgery but he was forced to return earlier than planned after his father King Charles cancer diagnosis.

Unsurprisingly, questions about whether William’s withdrawal was related to his wife’s condition very quickly took off among royal watchers.

Kate’s disappearance has become the topic of conspiracies on social media, flared by a Spanish journalist reporting in early February that she was in a coma. The Palace called this “ludicrous and not fact-checked”.

Royal watchers have floated theories ranging from silly (she is growing out bangs, for example) to more sinister.

Kate underwent surgery on January 16 and spent 12 days in hospital before returning home, according to a statement from Kensington Palace at the end of January.