Kate Middleton reveals she has cancer

Kate Middleton reveals she has cancer

The Princess of Wales made the shocking announcement in a video message following weeks of speculation about her whereabouts.
23 Mar, 2024

Kate, Britain’s Princess of Wales, said on Friday she was undergoing preventative chemotherapy after tests taken after she had major abdominal surgery in January revealed that cancer had been present.

Kate, 42, the wife of heir to the throne Prince William, spent two weeks in hospital in January after undergoing what her office said at the time was successful, planned surgery for an unspecified but non-cancerous condition.

However, in a video message, Kate, dressed in jeans and a jumper and looking pale and tired, said subsequent tests had revealed cancer had been found. She said she was well and getting stronger.

“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,” Kate said in the video which was filmed on Wednesday.

“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.”

The news is the latest major health blow for the British royal family after King Charles revealed in February that he too was to have treatment for cancer, meaning he has had to postpone his public royal duties.

Kate’s office, Kensington Palace, said it would give no further details about the type of cancer that had been found, saying the princess had a right to medical privacy. It said she was on a recovery pathway and the preventative chemotherapy had begun in February.

After her operation, the palace said the princess, still popularly known by her maiden name Kate Middleton, would not return to official duties until after Easter, which falls at the end of this month. But her absence from public life has provoked intense speculation and wild rumours on social media.

Wanting privacy

She and William had wanted privacy about the cancer until their children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, began their school holidays which started on Friday.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

Kate has not appeared at a public event since she joined other members of the royal family for a church service on Christmas Day.

However, a video filmed last Saturday by a member of the public which was published by the Sun newspaper showed Kate looking healthy, walking and carrying shopping bags alongside her husband at a farm shop in Windsor, near to their home.

“We hope that you will understand that, as a family, we now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment,” Kate said.

“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.”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Kate should be afforded the privacy to focus on her treatment and be with her family.

“The Princess of Wales has the love and support of the whole country as she continues her recovery,” Sunak said in a statement.

“She has shown tremendous bravery with her statement today. In recent weeks she has been subjected to intense scrutiny and has been unfairly treated by certain sections of the media around the world and on social media.”

As Kate Middleton, she was the first commoner to marry a marry a prince in close proximity to the throne in more than 350 years when she wed William in 2011 and has since become one of the most popular royals.

Kensington Palace said William would continue his duties while supporting his wife, as he had since her surgery. A source said Kate was in good spirits and focused on her 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,” Kate said.


Nadia Mar 23, 2024 01:55am
It’s not just cancer it is also nazar. I am hundred percent sure she got nazar. And that aweful blue sapphire ring. They should ditch it and replace it with something else. Call it superstition but look what happens to whoever wears it. A bit like that hope diamond cursed jewel. I have heard many times sapphires can bring utter miseries.
Taj Ahmad Mar 23, 2024 02:02am
Princess Kate Middleton is a strong lady and she can beat this cancer with her strong beliefs and blessings of all her friends and family members.
Mansoor Kabir Mar 23, 2024 02:23am
Yes you are right princess. My mother is cancer patient and she is no more I am very alone with out my mom and dad. We are 7 children 5 sisters and 2 brothers. I say cancer is vera danger and please pray for my mother and father.
NYS Mar 23, 2024 05:55am
In order to shun all speculations did right step taken that reveal her cameo while diagnose cancer... Keep up in fast recovery phase...
Javed Qureshi Mar 23, 2024 06:06am
Sorry to learn the sad news. Wish her early and quick recovery. Wish the Princess the best of health and happiness for the rest of her life, in the company of beautiful children.
Khaled Mar 23, 2024 08:06am
Pray for her a speedy recovery.
M. Emad Mar 23, 2024 10:03am
So Sad news.
Naima Mar 23, 2024 11:05am
Inshallah get well soon princess
Amjid Kamal Mar 23, 2024 12:04pm
All prayers are with her. As a cancer survivor myself, I hope the press and people all over the world will afford this lovely Lady, the privacy she deserves
Arshad Shafi Mar 23, 2024 01:41pm
I wish her a quick recovery and healthy life.
Farrukh Khan Mar 23, 2024 03:52pm
Prayers for her steady recovery, such a beautiful soul.
Syed Hasni Mar 23, 2024 04:01pm
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. I wish her speedy recovery. Best Regards for the family.
Syed Asif Ali Mar 23, 2024 04:07pm
My prayers are with Princess Kate Middleton, Inshallah she will recover soon.
Shaista Mar 23, 2024 05:19pm
I predicted this in February. For someone who eats very sparsely especially avoiding carbohydrates for weight reasons, drinking alcohol daily on an empty stomach (with no carbs to soak the alcohol), sends the alcohol straight into the bloodstream. When they disclose the type of cancer, it will all make more sense.
Jamil Soomro, New York City Mar 23, 2024 05:29pm
What is most shocking about this heartbreaking news is not that Kate is a Princess or that William is a Prince, it is about her three innocent children who would be unable to grasp what has happened to their mother.
pre-Boomer Marine brat Mar 24, 2024 12:30am
If see that the Raj is hardly gone. Celebrity worship is keeping it alive.
Laila Mar 25, 2024 02:49am
This came as a shock really. I hate monarchies but I wish her good health and speedy recovery. With her 3 babies this must be so hard. Leave people be. You dont know what they may going through. Yes i am talking about the oppe who talked about her being MIA and her photo editing skills.
Zahid Mar 25, 2024 06:25am
Dear Princess We pray for your fast recovery and wish you happy life, full of joy and colours with Prince William and young George, Charlotte and Louis. Get well soon.
Laila Mar 25, 2024 09:12pm
@Shaista, How do you know she drinks alcohol daily and on a empty stomach and doesn't eat much for weight reasons? You can eat healthy, be skinny and maintain what is a normal weight for your body. Every body is different. Just because she is white or western does not mean she drinks alcohol every day. Cancer can hit anybody. There are many types of cancer. The reasons for the types also vary and in mang cases science does exactly know what causes certain cancers. So lets not speculate or create rumours.
Laila Mar 26, 2024 04:31am
Fun facts: I was reading an article about cancer and the spike in cases effecting younger segments (under 50) and how common it's becoming. Despite heavy research doctors dont know why. Could be lifestyle, stress, who knows. But year colorectal and pancreatic cancer are among some of the types occuring. So be safe and take care of your body and mind.