The 'new rules' William and Kate's kids are following in the wake of her cancer diagnosis

Kate Middleton announced last month that she is battling cancer.

Following the shocking revelation last month that Kate Middleton has been battling cancer that was detected after undergoing abdominal surgery in January, a source has revealed how her children have been taking the news.

OK Magazine reports Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have made sure to be as helpful as possible since learning of the diagnosis.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte
Prince William and Kate Middleton's kids are now following several 'new rules' in the wake of her cancer diagnosis. Photo: Getty

"They are following some new rules, like picking up after themselves and making their own snacks, but also making sure to wash their hands more often because Kate can’t be exposed to germs while she’s going through chemo," the source said.

"George, who has always been wiser than his years, has been a real role model, especially to Charlotte. And she loves keeping Louis in line!"

The insider adds, "They know their mom’s situation is serious, and it’s been really scary for them."


The children also returned to school last Wednesday after taking an extended Easter break to spend time together as a family with their maternal grandmother, Carole Middleton, at the family country house in Norfolk.

Prince William, meanwhile, also returned to royal duties last Thursday and "is doing his best to manage their fears while also sharing his own feelings in a way that perhaps his own father didn’t do so well".

The Prince of Wales "is determined to take on all of the parental responsibilities while Kate is recovering" and "has been an enormous source of strength" for his wife.

The source adds that William is "so proud" of the way Kate has dealt with the cancer diagnosis and "loves her more than ever".

Kate shares cancer diagnosis

Kate shared her announcement in a video filmed by the BBC, with no edits.

She said: "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.

"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.

"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.

"As you can imagine, this has taken time. 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 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.


"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.

"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.

"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."

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