Kate Middleton Shares Personal Message Amid Ongoing Battle With Cancer

Kate Middleton shared a rare personal message over the weekend to celebrate Andy Murray, whose Wimbledon career came to an end on Saturday, July 6.

The British tennis player was scheduled to play at the annual tennis tournament in London on Saturday evening alongside his mixed doubles partner, Emma Raducanu. That plan fell apart when Raducanu pulled out of the match earlier Saturday, explaining to fans that she woke up feeling stiffness in her wrist and decided against testing it during the competition.

“An incredible #Wimbledon 🍓 career comes to an end,” the Princess of Wales said in a statement shared on X, formerly Twitter. "You should be so very proud @andy_murray. On behalf of all of us, thank you!”

The statement was signed “C,” indicating the message came directly from the princess. Though Middleton was spotted attending Trooping the Colour last month, that public outing marked her first since announcing her cancer diagnosis in March.

The 42-year-old royal has not revealed the type of cancer she is battling but confirmed in the spring that she started treatment upon the recommendation of her medical team. Doctors identified her cancer following a planned abdominal surgery she underwent in January.

Middleton announced her battle with cancer less than two months after Buckingham Palace revealed that King Charles III had been diagnosed with an undisclosed type of cancer. He too quickly began “a schedule of regular treatments” and temporarily paused his public-facing duties, though he has since appeared at several public events while continuing his health battle.

Middleton’s personal message on Saturday joined an outpouring of tributes from the tennis community as Murray’s fellow players and fans celebrated his time in the sport. At this year’s Wimbledon, Murray, 37, competed alongside his brother in the men’s doubles, but they were defeated on Thursday.

Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, said he plans to retire in 2024, though he is still expected to compete in Paris when the 2024 Summer Olympics begin later this month.

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