Kate Middleton Speaks Out About Her Cancer Diagnosis

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Kate Middleton Speaks About Her Cancer DiagnosisBBC Studios

Kate Middleton has cancer, Kensington Palace announced this afternoon.

In tandem with the announcement, the Palace released a video message from the Princess of Wales.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, personally, for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding whilst I have been recovering from surgery," she begins. "It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family, but I’ve had a fantastic medical team who have taken great care of me, for which I am so grateful."

The Princess of Wales continues, "In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous. 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. 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."

The Princess then goes on to discuss her children, and how she had to wait to recover from her surgery before she began chemo. "As you can imagine, this has taken time. It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment," Kate says. "But, most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be ok. 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."

Kate continues, sharing that her husband's support has been key throughout the entire ordeal. "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 says.

She ends with a plea for privacy, and offers no specifics on when she will return to public duties: "We hope that you will understand that, as a family, we now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment. My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy and I look forward to being back when I am able, but for now I must focus on making a full recovery."

Kate ends her video with a message to all those who have been affected by cancer. "At this time, I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone," she says.

Watch Kate's full video message here:

The video was filmed by BBC Studios early this week at Windsor Castle, on Wednesday March 20, 2024.

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