Kate Middleton Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Following speculation around Kate Middleton‘s health and whereabouts, the royal released a video message Friday announcing that she has been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.

“At the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous,” Kate Middleton shares in a video statement. “The surgery was successful, however, tests after the operation on cancer had been present.”

In the two-minute video, filmed on Wednesday by BBC Studios, Middleton says she’s begun chemotherapy as a form of preventative treatment. Middleton was admitted to a London Clinic Jan. 16 for what was “planned non-cancerous abdominal surgery,” according to a statement from Kensington Palace. Middleton remain hospitalized for 10 to 14 days, followed by at-home recovery. By late January, Middleton was discharged and returned to Adelaide Cottage, the couple’s royal residence on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

“This of course came as a huge shock,” she says. “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. 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’s appropriate for them and to reassure them that I’m going to be okay.”

With the Princess of Wales largely out of the public eye, it left many on social media to draw their own conclusions. Some tabloids have speculated that the Royal left the Windsor Castle grounds, with TMZ releasing a potential photo of Middleton riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle in March 4, beside what looks like her mother Carole Middleton. And on March 10, a botched image of Middleton with her three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — released by Kensington Palace in celebration of Mother’s Day in Britain, left many to question her physical health.


The Princess of Wales thanked her followers for their supporting messages, and reassured viewers that Prince William has served as a “great source of comfort and reassurance.”

“But for now I must focus on making a full recovery,” Middleton says. “At this time, I’m also thinking of all those whose lives are being affected by cancer. Everyone faces disease in whatever form please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone.”


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