Kate Middleton medical records probe: Royal Family’s decisive 8 word response to staff claims

By Staff

Kensington Palace responded to the alleged attempts to access the medical records of Kate, Princess of Wales with a carefully-worded statement as London Clinic staff were reportedly left ‘distraught’

The London Clinic has launched an urgent probe after staff reportedly attempted to view Kate’s private medical records while she recovered from surgery.

Bosses at the plush Harley Street hospital confirmed to the Mirror that they had launched an investigation after at least one member of staff was said to have been caught trying to access the 42-year-old’s notes.

The potential breach of patient confidentiality is reported to have “shocked” staff at the hospital, which has built a reputation for discreetly treating royals in times of need.

This includes King Charles, who had an operation for a benign prostate growth there earlier this year prior to his cancer diagnosis. The Princess of Wales is believed to have been made aware of the alleged incident involving her files – and Kensington Palace has chosen to respond to the allegation with a carefully phrased eight-word statement.

Kensington Palace said: “This is a matter for The London Clinic.” Close sources have however spoken in more detail about the fallout from the alleged breach among hospital staff.

An insider said: “This is a major security breach and incredibly damaging for the hospital, given its unblemished reputation for treating members of the Royal Family. Senior hospital bosses contacted Kensington Palace immediately after the incident was brought to their attention and assured the palace there would be a full investigation. The whole medical staff have been left utterly shocked and distraught over the allegations and were very hurt that a trusted colleague could have possibly been responsible for such a breach of trust and ethics.”

The London Clinic told the Mirror: “We firmly believe that all our patients, no matter their status, deserve total privacy and confidentiality regarding their medical information.” Under UK law, is a criminal offence for any staff in an NHS or private healthcare setting to access the medical records of a patient without the consent of the organisation’s data controller.

The Metropolitan Police has not confirmed whether it had been informed of the allegations. A spokesperson from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), a public body which investigates the handling of personal data, meanwhile confirmed they had “received a breach report and are assessing the information provided”.

It is just the latest twist in what has been an eventful few weeks of recovery from surgery for the Princess of Wales, with intense social media spotlight continuing throughout her absence from public duties. In the latest video sighting, footage showed her smiling and chatting happily with husband Prince William as she made a private trip to Windsor Farm Shop close to their home at the weekend. Kate is not expected to resume her royal duties until after Easter.

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