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Kate Middleton announces cancer diagnosis

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte of Wales (left) leaving Westminster Abbey Associated Press/Photo by Loic Venance (pool)

Kate Middleton announces cancer diagnosis

Catherine, Princess of Wales, shared her diagnosis of an unnamed cancer on Friday in a video message posted on social media. The princess described her diagnosis as a “huge shock” and confirmed she started early-stage chemotherapy. Doctors discovered cancer after her abdominal surgery in January. She asked the public for “time, space, and privacy” during her treatment. Kate ended by encouraging other cancer patients. “Please do not lose faith or hope,” she said. “You are not alone.” Buckingham Palace also announced last month that her father-in-law, King Charles III, received an unspecified cancer diagnosis in January and is undergoing treatment. 

Why is Kate’s cancer garnering more publicity than the King of England? Kate’s announcement comes after weeks of rampant speculation regarding the princess’s welfare following surgery. Rumors erupted after Kensington Palace released a photoshopped image of the 42-year-old earlier this month on social media. Online users formed conspiracy theories, blaming her mysterious absence on everything from cosmetic surgery to a royal divorce. Kate assured the public, “I am well and getting stronger every day,” adding that “having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance.” She explained that the palace kept the news private for the sake of their young children.

Christina Grube

Christina Grube is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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