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Princess of Wales announces she is being treated for cancer in emotional message

22 Mar 2024 3 minute read
A person watches an announcement on a smart phone outside Buckingham Palace by the Princess of Wales, who has revealed she is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Photo Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Princess of Wales has revealed she is undergoing treatment for cancer in an emotional video message and told others battling the disease “you are not alone”.

Kate spoke about the “huge shock” of the medical development and how her family have experienced an “incredibly tough couple of months” and at times her voice cracked with feeling.

The princess was admitted to hospital for abdominal surgery on January 16 and at the time her condition was thought to be non-cancerous but tests after the successful operation found cancer, the type of which has not been disclosed.

‘Preventative chemotherapy’

The future Queen began a course of “preventative chemotherapy” late in February but is said to have a positive mindset for her recovery and is in good spirits, describing herself as “well and getting stronger every day”.

The King, who is also being treated for cancer, and the Queen have been told about the state of the princess’ health.

Speaking in the video message recorded on Wednesday in Windsor, the princess said: “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.”

Easter school holidays

It is understood the video was released on the day William and Kate’s three children began their Easter school holidays to take advantage of the break to shield them from coverage of their mother’s health.

Kate, who is casually dressed in the video and sitting on a bench, added: “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.”

The announcement may go some way to ending weeks of intense speculation and conspiracy theories on social media about the whereabouts and health of the future Queen.

It is not known how long Kate will be receiving treatment but it is understood she may be keen to attend events as and when she feels able to, in line with medical advice, although this will not indicate a return to full-time duties.

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Gwyn Hopkins
Gwyn Hopkins
19 days ago

Although I have never been a fan of the privileged, unelected, self-perpetuating dynasty known as the royal family I certainly wish Kate, the so-called Princess of Wales, all the best in her battle with cancer. Half the BBC’s 6 o’clock news this evening (22/3/2024) was about this and it was also the first item on the BBC Wales news that followed. This is, of course, just the latest example of the media’s utter determination to intensely indoctrinate the people of the UK with the royal family at every opportunity.  We don’t all swallow it!

Iago Traferth
Iago Traferth
19 days ago
Reply to  Gwyn Hopkins

God save the King.

19 days ago
Reply to  Gwyn Hopkins

I’m not a fan either. But the “privileged” thing is not clear-cut: imagine having to live out this kind of trauma in the media / public gaze.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
19 days ago

Although I empathise with anyone who has had the shock of a cancer diagnosis. After all cancer respects no one be you rich or poor, although it is advantageous if you are royal, rich and have speedy access to treatment , your own private hospital , consultant surgeon, doctors & nurses. Personally speaking. I have lost many family members to cancer including my father, so I know all too well the pain of watching your ones suffer and slowly fade away in front of your eyes unbearable. Kate Middleton will have the best treatment possible, medical support , world leaders… Read more »

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