Kate undergoing chemotherapy as she opens up on ‘huge shock’ to her and Prince William

Kate undergoing chemotherapy as she opens up on ‘huge shock’ to her and Prince William

Watch: Princess Kate talks about cancer diagnosis in video

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 22/03/2024

- 18:35

Updated: 22/03/2024

- 18:41

The Princess of Wales has confirmed her cancer diagnosis in a video

Princess Kate has confirmed she is undergoing chemotherapy and described her cancer diagnosis as a “huge shock” to her and Prince William.

On January 17, Kensington Palace announced that the Princess of Wales underwent a “planned abdominal surgery” the previous day.

The Princess of Wales explained that at the time of the surgery, they thought the condition was non-cancerous, however, tests following the operation found that cancer was present.

Kate said that the discovery was a “huge shock” for her and Prince William and they have been trying to “process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family.”

Prince William and Princess Kate

Princess Kate has been diagnosed with cancer

Getty/ Kensington Palace

Princess Kate is now on a recovery pathway and has started a course of preventative chemotherapy.

She 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."

Over the last two months, Kate has remained out of the public eye and has not attended any public engagements.

Kate MiddletonThe princess confirmed that she has told her three young children about her diagnosis.Kensington Palace

Despite her diagnosis, the princess remains in good spirits and is focused on her recovery.

She said that she explained to her three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis: "I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits."

She continued: "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.


Kate MiddletonThe Princess of Wales is receiving preventative chemotherapy treatment.Kensington Palace

“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."

The royal has not confirmed which type of cancer she has been diagnosed with.

There has also been no date given regarding Kate’s return to public duties while she receives treatment for the condition.

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