Prince William addresses conspiracy theories about wife Kate Middleton

Prince William has finally addressed the rampant conspiracy theories regarding the absence of his wife Kate Middleton following her abdominal surgery. 

Until this week, Kate had not been seen in public since her hospitalisation. 

"His focus is on his work and not on social media," a spokesman for the Prince of Wales told People in a short statement. 

Rumours had been rife after William cancelled a planned appearance at the last minute without warning. 

Six days ago, Kensington Palace put out a statement addressing Kate's absence, saying: "Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the princess' recovery and we'd only be providing significant updates. That guidance stands." 

On Tuesday, Kate was photographed in the passenger seat of a car with her mother Carole in pictures published on celebrity gossip website TMZ. 

The paparazzi snaps, believed to have been taken near Windsor Castle, marked the first time the Princess has been publicly seen since she was admitted to the London Clinic for abdominal surgery earlier this year. 

The Palace also said she would remain in hospital for two weeks to recover and would not be expected back in the public eye until after Easter, which is later this month. 

On Wednesday, there was confusion over whether the Princess and King Charles, who was undergoing treatment for an unspecified cancer, would be attending the annual Trooping the Colour event in June. 

A listing on the event's website said they would be present, but that was later removed and no further details were provided.