Princess Catherine & Prince William ‘enormously touched’ by public response to cancer diagnosis

The Princess of Wales shared the news via a video message posted to Instagram.

After Princess Catherine’s announcement via Instagram, there was a global outpouring of support and tributes for the Princess of Wales.

In response, a spokesperson for the Royal couple released a message thanking everyone for their kind words.

The statement from Kensington Palace said: “The Prince and Princess are both enormously touched by the kind messages from people here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world in response to Her Royal Highness’ message.”

“They are extremely moved by the public’s warmth and support and are grateful for the understanding of their request for privacy at this time.”

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales visiting Fitzalan High School on October 03, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

This of course comes after Princess Catherine revealed that she had been diagnosed with cancer, and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

In the Instagram video filmed in gardens of Windsor Castle by the BBC and posted to the Prince and Princess of Wales account, she explained how the abdominal surgery in January led to her cancer discovery.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous,” the Princess explained.

“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.”

In the video, she shared her shock and provides a small insight into how her young family have dealt with the news.

“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,” she said.

“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 is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be OK.”

The Princess shared, “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.” (Photo: Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images)

She took the opportunity to thank everyone for their well wishes and gave a sweet tribute to her husband, Prince William.

“Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance too.”

She added: “As is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both.”

In closing, she honoured all those who have been affected by cancer and asked for space and privacy at this time.

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

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