Catherine, Princess Of Wales Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Catherine, Princess of Wales, stated on Friday that she has cancer and is in the early stages of chemotherapy, requesting “time, space, and privacy” to complete her treatment.

Kate, as she is generally known, described the finding of cancer after successful abdominal surgery in January as “a huge shock,” but she was “well and getting stronger every day.”

The 42-year-old princess did not reveal the exact kind of disease, but she described the last few months since her hospitalization as “incredibly tough” for her and her family.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous,” she added in a video statement, filmed on Wednesday at Windsor.

“The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present.

“My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak complimented Kate’s bravery in making the speech, saying she has “the love and support of the entire country as she continues her recovery.”

The White House also sent a message of support.


Kate, one of the world’s most photographed women, is a central role in the royal family. She married Prince William, 41, the heir to the throne, in 2011.

The couple has three children: Prince George (10), Princess Charlotte (8), and Prince Louis (5).

Kate stated that it had taken some time to explain the issue to their children, “and to reassure them that I am going to be fine.”

“As I have 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 spirits,” she added.

William and Kate, along with their young family, are regarded as the current face of the old institution, as well as its future leaders.

She was last seen in public on December 25, when she attended a Christmas Day church service alongside her father-in-law, King Charles III, and other senior royals.

Her Kensington Palace office said on January 17 that she was expected to spend up to two weeks in the hospital and several months recovering from successful stomach surgery.

According to a statement issued at the time, she was not expected to be able to resume public duties until after Easter on March 31.

Royal officials did not reveal the exact nature of her sickness, but stated that it was not cancer-related.

 Charles diagnosis

That announcement came shortly before Buckingham Palace announced that Charles, 75, will undergo surgery for a benign enlarged prostate.

He later stayed three days at the same exclusive hospital in downtown London. In early February, officials announced that testing had discovered “a form of cancer,” but provided no further information.

The monarch has cancelled all public appearances, with the exception of meetings with the prime minister and diplomats, and has been working on official documents while receiving treatment.

He’s been photographed multiple times since then and seen attending church.

However, there has been widespread conjecture regarding Kate’s health and whereabouts, especially online.

She was never observed entering or exiting the hospital, and William was only seen visiting once.

Rumours and conjecture intensified on March 11, when she uploaded a Mother’s Day photo that was later discovered to have been digitally changed.

Kate, who has taken several official images that have been released to the media, issued an apology in a statement after key news outlets, including AFP, removed the image.

A week later, British media released further photos of the princess and William walking together at a farmers’ market near their residence in Windsor, west of London.

This week, there were reports that an attempt was made to get Kate’s sensitive medical records, triggering a referral to the UK’s data protection authorities.

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