Kate Middleton reveals she has cancer

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Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, during her video statement released on March 22, 2024. BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Catherine, Princess of Wales, reveals she has cancer

Britain’s Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, revealed on Friday (March 22) that she has cancer, breaking her silence and ending weeks of speculation regarding her health.

In a recorded video statement broadcast on the BBC, Kate said she has begun chemotherapy, and described the past two months as “incredibly tough for our entire family.” She asked for “time, space and privacy”.

Confirming reports, Kate said that she underwent major abdominal surgery in London in January, which was successful but also revealed her cancer diagnosis.

“My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I’m now in the early stages of that treatment. This, of course, came as a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family,” she said.

Speculations have swirled regarding her whereabouts after she had not been seen in public for months. She explained: “It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment. But most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that’s appropriate for them and to reassure them that I’m going to be O.K. As I’ve said to them, I am well. And getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal in my mind, body and spirit.”

“Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance too, as is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both,” she added.

Kate’s diagnosis follows that of King Charles III, who announced that he had cancer and was also undergoing treatment. Both King Charles and Kate did not reveal what type of cancer they have.

Kate ended her video statement with a message for other people impacted by a cancer diagnosis. “At this time, I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer,” she said. “For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone.” ICA/Expat Media

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