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Cancer treatment is being announced by Catherine, Princess of Wales

In a video statement made public by Kensington Palace on Friday, Catherine, Princess of Wales, revealed that she has cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.


The 42-year-old former Kate Middleton stated in the video that receiving the diagnosis was a “huge shock after an incredibly tough couple of months.”


Testing was conducted following her successful major abdominal surgery in January, when the cancer was discovered, according to Kate. She did not say what kind of cancer it was or at what stage.


She expressed gratitude to the public for their recent outpouring of support, but said that she and her family “now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment.”


After Kate essentially vanished from the public eye in late December, there have been rumours about her health and well-being.


Kensington Palace declared on January 17 that Kate was on the mend following an anticipated stomach operation. The princess “is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter,” the palace stated on March 31.


Nevertheless, online conspiracy rumors regarding the princess were stoked by her brief absence.


It’s the latest setback in a string of unfortunate events for the royal family. King Charles III, 75, received a cancer diagnosis, the palace announced last month.


Princess of Wales
Britain’s Prince Charles, left, speaks with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive for the World premiere of the new film from the James Bond franchise ‘No Time To Die’, in London.

The Princess of Wales and her children, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Prince George, were featured in a picture that was posted earlier this month on Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom and was credited to her husband, Prince William.


This was the most current update from Kate prior to Friday. When it was later discovered that the photo had been altered, Kate accepted responsibility for the shoddy retouching.


After weeks of heavy media coverage and examination, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declared in a statement that the princess had displayed “tremendous bravery.”


“The Princess of Wales has the love and support of the whole country as she continues her recovery,” he stated.


White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre wished for Kate’s full recovery at the start of her media briefing shortly after the news emerged.


“We are incredibly sad to hear of the news,” she stated. “We want to make sure that we certainly respect their privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”


The announcement:


Kate, the Princess of Wales, focused particularly on the implications of her cancer diagnosis on her family when she made the announcement on Friday.


Princess of Wales' released an official statement on her health on March 22, 2024.
Princess of Wales’ released an official statement on her health on March 22, 2024.

Three young children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, who will turn six in April, are the offspring of Kate, 42, who is married to Prince William.


Kate announced on Friday that she received her diagnosis after undergoing stomach surgery in January.


“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,” Kate wrote.


“This has taken time, as you may imagine. I needed some time to heal following a big surgery. To start my treatment.”


Repots state that Kate’s choice to keep her diagnosis a secret until Friday was probably motivated by her desire to keep her kids safe.


The family’s nearby Windsor, England, private school, Lambrook School, is attended by George, Charlotte, and Louis.


“Their children, George, Charlotte and Louis, have just broken up for their Easter holiday,” the reps stated Friday.


“So they’re now able to take the children away from their school environment, keep them in a bubble with them and really protect them from the outside world while all this news and while this reaction hits the rest of the world, and while people are talking about it.”


Princess of Wales described the treatment procedure


Referred to as a “major abdominal surgery,” Kate stated in her video that “at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous.”


Her particular surgical procedure has not been made public.


She reported that following her scheduled abdominal surgery in mid-January, post-operative tests revealed the malignancy.


“The surgery went well,” Kate reported. Tests conducted following the procedure, however, revealed the presence of malignancy. As a result, my medical team recommended that I start a prophylactic chemotherapy course, which I am currently doing.”


Kate’s ailment was declared non-cancerous by Kensington Palace at the time of her operation. Since then, the palace hasn’t given much information about her status.


“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,” Kate stated.


“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 Prince William by her side, according to Kate, has been “a great source of comfort and reassurance.”


Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales attend a ceremonial welcome, at Horse Guards Parade
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales attend a ceremonial welcome, at Horse Guards Parade

“As a family, we now require some time, space, and solitude as I finish my therapy, and we hope that you would appreciate this. I’ve always been deeply happy at work, and I look forward to returning when I can, but for the time being I have to concentrate on getting well,” Kate stated.


“Everyone whose life has been impacted by cancer is also on my mind. Please don’t give up or lose hope for anyone dealing with this illness, no matter how it manifests itself. You’re not by yourself.


As soon as her medical team gives the all-clear, Kate will resume her formal responsibilities, the palace announced.


A source for Buckingham Palace said on Friday that Charles is “so proud of Catherine for her courage in speaking as she did.”


In January, the princess of Wales and the king were admitted to the hospital simultaneously. According to the spokeswoman, the king has “stayed in the closest contact with his beloved daughter-in-law” during the past few weeks.


According to the statement, Charles and his spouse Queen Camilla “will continue to offer their love and support to the whole family through this difficult time.”


Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said in a statement, “We wish health and healing for Kate and the family, and hope they are able to do so privately and in peace.”


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