Anti-monarchy advocate brands news surrounding Kate ‘a soap opera’ just days after cancer announcement

Anti-monarchy advocate brands news surrounding Kate ‘a soap opera’ just days after cancer announcement

Princess Kate announced her cancer diagnosis

GB News
Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 26/03/2024

- 21:45

Princess Kate announced her cancer diagnosis on Friday evening

  • Graham Smith is the CEO of an anti-monarchy group called Republic
  • Smith has criticised the news coverage of Princess Kate’s cancer announcement
  • The Princess of Wales is undergoing preventative chemotherapy for cancer

An anti-monarchy advocate has described the news surrounding Kate’s cancer diagnosis as a “soap opera” days after her announcement.

The CEO of the Republic group, Graham Smith, has spoken out about the conspiracy theories and news of the princess’s diagnosis reported online.

Responding to an article about the Duchess of York being “full of admiration” for the Princess of Wales, Smith said: “This is soap opera, not news.”

He also posted another response on X, to a royal editor noting the increase in visits to cancer research websites following Kate's announcement.

Princess Kate

Princess Kate announced her cancer diagnosis on Friday


He described this as “weapons grade sycophancy.”

Smith, the author of the book Abolish the Monarchy, has also “joked” that the Royal Family “really are in trouble” in response to news that Prince Edward would be stepping up to help the monarchy.

Republic advocates to “replace the monarchy with an elected head of state and more democratic political system.”

The group is expected to campaign against the family at the Royal Maundy Service in Worcester Cathedral that the Queen is leading.

RepublicRepublic is a group of anti-monarchy protestersPA

Activists also protested outside Westminster Abbey on March 11 at the annual Commonwealth Day Service holding signs saying, “Not My King.”

In the weeks following the Princess of Wales’s cancer announcement, conspiracy theories circulated online about Kate’s health.

The message from Kate has largely put these theories to rest, but the media has continued to report on the support for the princess following her video message.

Yesterday, the Duchess of York sent her “thoughts and prayers” to the princess as she continues her cancer treatment through a social media post.

Kate MiddletonThe Princess of Wales is receiving preventative chemotherapy treatmentKensington Palace

She said: “As someone who has faced their own battles with cancer in recent months, I am full of admiration for the way she has spoken publicly about her diagnosis and know it will do a tremendous amount of good to raise awareness.

“I hope she will now be given the time, space and privacy to heal.”

But Smith has branded this message as “not news” and instead a “soap opera.”

He also criticised a column by Piers Morgan who praised Prince William for his dignity as his father and wife face cancer diagnoses.


Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson voiced her support for Princess Kate through an Instagram post


Smith retweeted the article stating: “As difficult as it is, lots of people deal with these kinds of misfortunes and personal crises.

“They do so while trying to hold down jobs and without a £25million income or an army of servants. Stop this sycophantic nonsense.”

King Charles and the Princess of Wales are facing treatment for cancer and have stepped back from public-facing duties.

Kate’s decision to announce her cancer diagnosis has sparked a surge in visits to the Macmillan Cancer support website; the charity announced that they had experienced the biggest number of visits to help pages since the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.

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