Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, has cancer.

Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, the heir to the British throne, reappeared in public after a three-month absence, telling the world that she has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. 

Never a particularly glib or comfortable public speaker, in a video shared on Instagram she sat on a bench on the grounds of Windsor Castle and gave arguably the most compelling and powerful speech of her life in the public eye explaining that after “major abdominal surgery” in January her doctors thought the condition was noncancerous. “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.” 


According to Kate Middleton, the presence of cancer was detected following her abdominal surgery. Despite it initially being thought that her “condition was non-cancerous” and the “surgery was successful,” Kate explained that “tests after the operation had found that cancer had been present.” Upon the advice of her medical team, Kate is undergoing “a course of preventative chemotherapy,” of which process she is currently in the “early stages.” Although Kate does not specify the kind of cancer she has been diagnosed with in her announcement, we can infer that it is some type of stomach cancer. 


A rep for the Teenage Cancer Trust — an org that Kate has worked with in the past, before her cancer diagnosis — tells TMZ … “Our thoughts are with Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, and we wish her all the best for her treatment.” 

They add, “If you think you have cancer yourself, it’s important to get checked out as soon as you can.” 

 King Charles is extending his well-wishes to Kate Middleton during her cancer battle, with Buckingham Palace saying, “His Majesty is so proud of Catherine for her courage in speaking as she did.” 

They go on to say that after Kate’s hospitalization, Charles has “remained in the closest contact with his beloved daughter-in-law throughout the past weeks.” BP continues, noting Their Majesties “will continue to offer their love and support to the whole family through this difficult time.” 


“As you can imagine, this has taken time. It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment,” she 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.” 

The princess assures viewers in the video that she is “well and getting stronger every day.” She also asks for “time, space and privacy” as she undergoes treatment. 


King Charles III is “so proud of Catherine for her courage” in speaking about her treatment for cancer, Buckingham Palace has said. 

The King, who has been diagnosed with cancer himself, is in the “closest contact with his beloved daughter-in-law”, a short statement read. 

Support has poured in for the princess, who described her diagnosis as a “huge shock” in a video released on Friday. 

King Charles and Queen Camilla, who were informed of the news about the princess’s health before Friday’s announcement, said they would “continue to offer their love and support to the whole family through this difficult time”. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent a message saying: “We wish health and healing for Kate and the family, and hope they are able to do so privately and in peace.” 

Catherine’s brother James Middleton posted a message of support for his sister on Instagram, writing: “Over the years, we have climbed many mountains together. As a family, we will climb this one with you too”. 

Kensington Palace has not disclosed the type of cancer Catherine has been diagnosed with, but says it is confident she will make a full recovery. 

Members of the public have been sharing messages of sympathy with the princess. 

Eve Watts, who lives in Windsor, said the news was a “shock because she’s so young”. She added: “It just shows you it could happen to anyone.” 


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