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Kate Middleton's friends say the princess may finally come clean about her health struggles

Kate Middleton wearing a deep-red fascinator.
Kate Middleton's disappearance from public life resulted in conspiracy theories about her whereabouts.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
  • Kate Middleton is expected to resume her duties after her children return to school in April.

  • Her friends told The Times of London that she may also disclose why she received abdominal surgery.

  • Middleton's disappearance from public life resulted in conspiracy theories about her whereabouts.

Kate Middleton may finally reveal why she got abdominal surgery after she returns to her duties this spring — but it'll be on her own timeline, according to friends of the Princess of Wales who spoke to The Times of London.

The mystery surrounding Middleton's health issues following her "planned abdominal surgery," spurred on by minimal updates on when exactly she planned to resume her duties, resulted in viral social media conspiracy theories and growing calls for transparency from Kensington Palace.

And that transparency may be granted once Middleton returns to her public life after April 17, unnamed royal sources and friends close to Middleton told The Times of London in a Saturday report. Kensington Palace previously announced that Middleton would be in recovery until Easter but did not specify a date.

"They will want to be clear and more open, but they'll do it when they feel ready," one friend of the royals told the outlet. "I would expect that to be her instinct and it will be her call. They're not going to be rushed."

One royal source speculated that the couple would speak about her recovery "out on engagements."

Middleton's absence has resulted in a social media firestorm as users speculate on the potential palace intrigue.

To quiet the social media speculation, Kensington Palace released a photo of Middleton and her children on March 10 Mother's Day in the UK.

News agencies quickly pulled the photo upon discovering that it was edited, and the controversy surrounding it further fueled the rumor mill.

Kensington Palace later released a social media statement attributed to Middleton, acknowledging that the photo was digitally altered. No replacement photo was provided.

"Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing," Middleton said in the Monday statement.

Sources close to Middleton and Prince William told The Times of London that what people have been saying about the couple online has taken a toll, despite the family trying to maintain a "bubble" at Adelaide Cottage near Windsor Castle.

"They're not like Harry, obsessing and scrolling through Twitter, but they know it has broken through," a friend of the couple told the publication, referring to William's brother Prince Harry. "They follow the news and see the BBC breaking news alerts."

Kensington Palace did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

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