Friday 22 March 2024

"I Am Going to Be OK": The Princess of Wales Reveals She Has Cancer

Dear readers,

I know many of you are visiting the blog after absorbing the news the Princess of Wales is receiving treatment for cancer. I heard shortly after 5 pm a "major royal announcement" was imminent. Given the intensity of the online speculation circus that has unfolded in recent months, I thought perhaps, with George, Charlotte and Louis on their Easter holidays today, a message from the Princess may serve to calm the stormy waters of conspiracies that have dominated news in recent months. Another part of me contemplated the possibility of more serious news, and sadly it proved to be the latter. Addressing the public directly and speaking from the heart, Kate was filmed on Wednesday sitting on a bench in the garden surrounded by daffodils -- the national flowers of Wales.

The Princess shared:

'I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, personally, for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding whilst I have been recovering from surgery.

It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family, but I've had a fantastic medical team who have taken great care of me, for which I am so grateful.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.'


It's understood it was especially important to Kate and William to share the news with the children before it reached the public domain. Several reports stressed throughout all of this Kate's first and constant priority has been George, Charlotte and Louis. "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."

When she mentioned their names in the video, it was an incredibly emotional moment. For any parent to break such news to three young children, with the added concern of various elements of the gossip mill making their way into the children's classrooms and causing them more worry, it is unbelievably tough. As you may have read, it's been widely reported staff at the London Clinic accessed Kate's private medical information, so it was likely felt for multiple reasons now was an opportune time to share the news. The Wales family will decamp to their country retreat, Anmer Hall, for the next three weeks with Kate continuing her treatment.

ITV reports:

'William and Kate did not want Kate’s cancer to be in the public domain without first having told their children.

And no one can underestimate how hard that would have been.

It also took time for Kate and William to come to terms with the diagnosis, as well as time for her to recover from her other operation so she could start her “preventative chemotherapy”.

Kate started that cancer treatment at the end of February, several weeks after she left the private hospital, The London Clinic.'

It has been an utterly dreadful start to 2024 for the Royal family. The King continues to undergo treatment for cancer and in a statement this evening, said he is "so proud" of his daughter-in-law "for her courage in speaking as she did". Back in January when Charles and Kate were both admitted to the London Clinic, and His Majesty left via the back door, I suggested this was meticulously planned to shield Kate from the intensive interest in her health. Those days of privacy will have meant a great deal, especially in light of the uproar which we've seen day after day since. A Buckingham Palace source added: "The King has remained in the closest contact with his beloved daughter-in-law throughout the past weeks. Both the King and Queen will continue to offer their love and support to the whole family through this difficult time."

Kate will, of course, continue to be surrounded by the Middletons. Carole has been spotted at Windsor often, and tonight, the Princess' brother James shared on Instagram: "Over the years, we have climbed many mountains together. As a family, we will climb this one with you too."

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed his best wishes for the Princess and underscored a salient point which bears repeating: "She has been subjected to intense scrutiny and has been unfairly treated by certain sections of the media." The feeding frenzy we've seen, not only fuelled by social media trolls and equally a number of media outlets, has been appalling. The ever-growing practice of using human beings, most often women, for clickbait and profit is both dangerous and shameful. As anyone who has battled cancer, or watched a loved one go through it, will tell you, it's a profoundly painful and impactful time on the entire family.  There will be no Easter Sunday appearance nor will Kate be able to return to engagements for some time. It's my hope she will be given the time, privacy and respect to focus on her treatment and children. I know you'll all join me in wishing Kate the very best in the weeks and months ahead -- and the space, time and privacy she needs.

125 comments:

  1. “Blessed are we, learning as humans together that pain is inevitable, nurses are wonderful, hospitals are loud, people are brave.
    And we grow and we hurt and we heal, and then do it all over again.” (The Lives We Actually Have by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie).

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  2. I am so very sorry to hear this news. K is very brave to speak out and I sincerely wish her the very best -celticgirl

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    1. I agree with everyone. This is sad news. I hope Princess Kate makes a full recovery. And she & her family are bolstered by the care and support of their nation.
      Susan in USA

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  3. I cried watching the video earlier and feel so very sorry for Kate and all that she’s been going through. I hope she will be feeling better soon and won’t need any more treatment after the chemotherapy.
    Thank you for all that you do running this blog, it’s nice to have somewhere full of positivity, and I hope that you are doing well too!

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  4. I wish Kate as comfortable a recovery as possible. No one should have to deal with cancer, especially so young. Best wishes to her.

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  5. When the news hit, my heart dropped. When the video was shown and I watched it, I cried and immediately started to pray for her, the family, and all those who have been affected by this monstrous disease, cancer. It saddens me profusely that she had no other choice than to make this video to not only take back control of the narrative but also ease those ridiculous speculations going around. The news outlet and all media are relentless in causing so much uproar. The absolute nerve of some human beings. Hopefully, all outlets will take a break and give it a rest and let the young lady heal in peace with her loved ones. I pray she continues to go down the path of recovery and positivity and hope to see her again soon!! Side note, it was lovely seeing a video of her leaving the farm shop with William and had a smile on her face. That right there showed immense hope and I hope she is on the mend with this treatment. Thank you for posting Charlotte! You are right, 2024 has been an absolute nightmare of a start for everyone I know and even my own family. I pray whoever is reading this, I shall pray for you and hope you seek comfort with the ones you love and that love you. May God keep you all safe and healthy and if you find yourself dealing with a serious health issue, I pray you are healed and get to feeling better soon!! ♥️

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    1. Oddly once the shock is over and treatments become routine, cancer has a calming effect too. Most survivors reflect on the freedom to say "no" to the world. It provides an unexplainable clarity. Cancer is a painful gift; however, kindness does emerge often from unexpected sources. Some of my fondest memories, the ones that spur tears of joy, are from my cancer journey. One can't adequately explain it until you've felt it. Catherine, whilst it seems impossible, will gain immense strength and capability, as will her children.

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  6. I feel so sad for Princess Kathryn and Prince William; not only are they living a terrible moment in their time but have to put up with the negativity from sad commenters. They are top notch parents protecting their children and I bet they were counting the days for spring break to announce the news, hoping to stop the conspiracy theories. Their first focus is protecting their children. All this hounding reminded me how people treated Princess Diana. Praying for a better outcome for this generation.

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  7. I would imagine Catherine would be very touched by the Underground Service Information Board written above.

    I feel badly for the entire family. I am glad Catherine has the love and support of the Middleton family, William and the children. I think King Charles has a great deal of love for Catherine.

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  8. I would wish to send a card to the Royal Highness from the USA.
    Would you please share the address.
    Thank you.

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    1. Just address it to The Princess of Wales Kensington palace London. It will get to her. Very thoughtful of you. S.πŸ™‚.

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  9. Watching the video and imagining what she must be feeling having to inform everyone of her health issues made my heart ache for her and her family. Her video message moved me to tears. I have been watching all of this unfold since her surgery and as a long time royal fan and follower, I have often been able to predict two or three steps ahead as this unfolded and I suspected that she would have to address the public concerns and conspiracies. I know the recent data breach at the hospital forced her to respond sooner than later. I commend her for her bravery and poise as she spoke of her health, her family, and her role as a royal..I especially appreciated and respect her request for privacy, that set a clear boundary and I do hope that people leave her alone and let her heal and spend the time she needs for that. I pray for her, William, their lovely children, and their extended family. God bless Kate and God bless King Charles.

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  10. And remember that she does not say she has cancer. She says the surgery was successful but that she had had cancer. Presumably the margins are good. She says the chemo is preventive, so even with the news, this is better than it could be. :)

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  11. This is such a shocking piece of news... Our dear Kate is so brave and her family will be a source of strength for her. Let's hope the treatment works. I don't want to use cliches so I'll just say I will pray for her and her family.
    Dear Charlotte, thank you for this post and for your empathy. I hope you are doing better, although I can imagine this must be a very difficult time for you too. Zora from Prague

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  12. As soon as I saw the headline, switched it! Did not want to acknowledge it right away. The same online news outlet who posted the story with the image of the video did not have the video. At last, in few minutes, I watched the video. Three positives from this: 1. Her ownership of her own life and dilemmas delivered in very articulate, genuine explanation, gratitude, and compassion for others. 2. The delicate walk Kate and William had to take and the timing of the decision explained (the children’ school break). 3. What we know can be dealt with, it is what we don’t know that is mysterious filled with imagination. Cancer is common although sometimes it is people you don’t expect to have it get shocked and others get shocked as well. Catherine’s / THIS MESSAGE on a bench will become a part of many people’s consolation. May the grace and healing power of God be with you Kate. You are not alone!
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  13. Maybe now the media will leave this beautiful family alone! They originally said no appearances until at least Easter and the media could not respect this and instead are doing specials about a scandal. I find it all just sickening. No one, including the Royals, should feel bullied by the media. I could care less what type of cancer Catherine has. If she shares, good, if she feels she would rather keep it private, even better. Sending love and well wishes to the family. Thank uou Charlotte for the post!

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    1. While the media is not blameless, the extreme conspiracy theories was not driven by MSM, but rather Joe Public, social media influencers, celebraties and basically everyone who wanted to generate clicks. The MSM, especially the British media was treating W&K with a lot more repect than the person standing in line at the grocery store speculating about “Where is Kate?” or the celebrity who reduced her recuperation to a fun hashtag.

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  14. Maybe now the media will leave this beautiful family alone! They originally said no appearances until at least Easter and the media could not respect this and instead are doing specials about a scandal. I find it all just sickening. No one, including the Royals, should feel bullied by the media. I could care less what type of cancer Catherine has. If she shares, good, if she feels she would rather keep it private, even better. Sending love and well wishes to the family. Thank uou Charlotte for the post!

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  15. I was shocked to hear the news tonight. I feel nothing else should be said other than wishing Catherine a full and quick recovery.

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  16. Anna from France22 March 2024 at 22:15

    Therefore Kate found herself obliged to reveal the fight she is waging and I hope that from now on, the press and the rumors will leave her alone.
    In her video we feel all her emotion, it is impossible to imagine what it must be like to reveal to the whole world that she has cancer.
    Kate is strong and well cared for, I wish her the best and all the courage to recover.
    Daffodils are the flowers of Wales, and in France every year at this time of the year an operation is carried out, entitled "a daffodil for Curie", which fights against cancer. The wink is disturbing !

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  17. What terrible news. She's very brave to have done this and I do think it will be effective at turning the spotlight away from her for a bit. I hope their family have a wonderful Easter holiday together in Norfolk. Cancer is likely to dominate public discourse for a while which will be difficult for many people. Thank you, Charlotte, for posting today. Hope you're well.

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  18. And I've said it before but I think it's still relevant. William is the future king. That cannot be changed. He married who he wanted to marry. If for ANY reason his wife cannot be out there working weekly or daily, it should not matter. That is your future queen and the UK is lucky to have her. It's a very stressful job and many have refused it. There was a time where being in the RF meant earning your position. I think that is very admirable and I acknowledge all the time Anne and the queen (I always mean Elizabeth) and others have spent with the public, but it's not a position to be elected to. If Kate has to take the year off, I hope she does. I know others don't have that option; I wish everyone did.

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    1. 100% Allison. It has been very discouraging to see the negative comments posted on this blog. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but most of comments have been negative lately.

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  19. Like many, I am truly stunned and sad for her and the family. It is heartening to hear her say she will be okay, however. This year has already been so eventful and I hope to see that she is given the privacy she very much deserves while resting and recuperating.

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  20. Susan in Floirda22 March 2024 at 22:49

    I’m glad whatever it is, the cancer was found early. This was emotional for her and everyone who saw it. Now , I hope the tabloids and so-called ‘legitimate’ press will leave the Wales alone. I was blessed when my own ovarian cancer was found very , very early , eliminated with surgery , and I’m alive to share this.

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  21. Ro from Chicago22 March 2024 at 22:50

    Incredibly shocking news, delivered in such a calm, compassionate manner. It felt as though Catherine was trying to comfort us as she spoke. I am in awe of her courage and strength. Praying for her full recovery, for William, and those sweet children.
    Unfortunately, no-one is untouched by cancer, and I’m sure many of us are thinking of that moment, or moments, when we were told that our loved one had been diagnosed with cancer. It truly is earth shattering, and everything changes instantly.
    It is unconscionable that the family has had to deal with such vitriol, hatred, and disgusting comments recently. May this also serve as a reminder to always be kind, as no-on knows another person’s difficulties and burdens. Charlotte, thank you for your empathetic post. We can always count on you to find the correct words for every situation.

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    1. Speaking as someone who had a diagnosis myself of cancer last year, it is most definitely a shocking event to experience. The appointments, surgery, subsequent treatments, follow up appointments with everyone under the sun, and now regular follow up appointments, is overwhelming at times. My wish for Catherine is a complete recovery with no reoccurrence...because what you hear and read as a survivor is always percentages of it coming back, percentages of lifespan for 5 or 10 years after, etc.

      And I sure hope that the negativity that has been voiced by many on this blog takes a break.

      Border Terrier lover

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    2. Rah-Rah Ro!! So exceptionally well said!! May we all learn from this moment... If anyone doubted her ability with public speaking, or her respect for the positions she and William hold for the Nation........I hope these questions are now put to rest. She is truly a regal & caring Princess of Wales & for the world! xoxo

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    3. BTL, I'm so sorry that you have gone through the "white knuckle rollercoaster" that is this disease. You are so right, that even if & when someone's treatment is "successful", there is always a cloud hanging over one..... I hope you are in a good place right now, health wise, emotionally & with your spirit! I too echo your & Ro's wishes, that we see nothing but kindness & support here & elsewhere! xoxo

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  22. Sarah from California22 March 2024 at 23:28

    Love, hope and prayers for Kate and her family.

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  23. Thank you for sharing. My heart goes out to her and the family. So much to process, especially with young children. She really is a gem. Sue from IL

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  24. One of the worst aspects of all of this troubling news, is talking to the three children, and assuring them that their Mummy will be fine. I send my prayers and love for Kate’s recovery.

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  25. This whole thing is just disgusting and leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. How cruel, heartless, unkind and vicious the treatment of The Princess of Wales has been. Absolutely shocking and relentless. Shame on all those who feed the hatred. I really feel she wasn't ready and didn't want to share this very personal information just yet. Again she was HOUNDED. I wonder was the reason Prince William missed the service for the King of Greece because they just got this terrible news or was it the day they had to tell the children that Mummy is sick. The Princess has had to put up with a lot of unnecessary stress and personal attacks over the last few years. I could cry for her now thinking about her feeling the need to adjust that photograph of her with her children, unhappy because she knows she is sick and not happy with how she looks. I had prayed that I was wrong but I knew this was so serious. Not in a million years would The Prince of Wales step back to drive his children to school, especially with The King receiving treatment for cancer. Also when the King went to visit his beloved daughter in law before his own surgery. I hope now the family get out of London to their country home and she takes all the time time she needs for her health and her family. She is on the news in the background now, how sad to have to ask AGAIN for privacy. Before this news tonight what has really struck me the last few weeks is her level of fame. Obviously I know how famous she is but this level of attention has been off the scale. On another note, another Lady who was judged and treated very badly the new Queen. She has been doing a very good job of carrying the weight of the Crown on behalf of the King and Prince and Princess of Wales. Please God we are only hearing this now because she is over the worst of it and on the mend. S.πŸ™‚.

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    1. Agree Anon 0:09. Ever increasing respect for Queen Camila. The mutual respect and love between KC & QC and W&C is refreshing. Wishing all of them strength as the media storm will not dissipate.

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    2. I totally agree with you the way Catherine has been treated has been disgusting. So called celebrities, talk show hosts and movie stars, making fun of her. Even after coming out and admitting she is being treated for cancer there are now even more dreadful hateful videos on youtube saying she is already dead and William is planning to marry his mistress! I despair for the state of the world. I am 71 and do not understand this new world. If I had been told 30 years ago that this would happen I never would have believed it. I just have to keep in mind there are many more kind, generous and loving people in this world than the haters but it is hard.

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    3. I dont agree with you. This was driven by their comms team's very poor performance. Contrast it with King Charles. His team handled it well. KP? A doctored mothers day photo.
      It did not inspire confidence.

      I dont know anyone who doesn't wish her well, me included. But let's put the blame where it belongs. And recognize that had their office handled things better the internet wouldn't have blown up.

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    4. I’m glad people are questioning things they are being told. We live in a world with fake news running rampant

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  26. EC Anon here -

    I feel so bad for this family. I wish Kate and the family all of the best and am definitely sending lots of warm thoughts their way. This is the announcement that should have come out weeks/months ago. It explained what was going on and why they deserved and requested space. Kate is a public figure....a more detailed announcement that was vaguely informative needed to be released. This poor woman has been dragged through the mud, she's been forced to apologize for a doctored photo, made to run errands, and even recently had articles come out about how she was ready to come back Easter Sunday when that was clearly not going to happen.

    I have been one of the people critical of the way this has been handled and suspicious that something was seriously wrong. In my opinion nothing added up, especially compared to the way King Charles handled his own announcement. I hate that I was right about that, and I hope that it was caught early. However, I'm not sure that it was if I'm being honest.

    I want to urge caution with interpreting the words Kate said....she did not say it was caught early. She said she was in the early stages of treatment. She said that they have been trying to figure out how to tell the children depending on their age...she told them that she was well, and will be okay. She did not say anything to the adult public that would indicate how her doctor's view things.

    She called this preventative chemo but what does that mean really? It's the same thing with the phrasing of the "planned surgery" in January. What is being explained about the chemo doesn't really indicate the staging or prognosis, but those are things I don't believe the public has a right to know until there is a reason for the public to know. She looks quite frail and, the emotions I saw in the video were raw...she is afraid, sick and I am worried about her.

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    1. What we all need to do is accept what Catherine said at face value, do not try to interpret, do not ask further questions, do not try to work out time-lines and do not create more speculation. Lots of love to Catherine and her family who will support her all the way. Caro

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    2. Preventative, or adjuvant, chemotherapy is, in fact, used in cases of cancers caught early -- when there was no obvious sign of cancer but the pathology analysis of whatever was removed turned up cancer cells. The idea is to kill the cells the surgery might have left behind. If the Princess had a partial hysterectomy -- removal of the uterus, for example -- because fibroids were giving her trouble, there would have been no obvious reason to suspect cancer. However, the path analysis might have turned up early evidence of endometrial cancer -- a cancer of the uterine lining -- and the chemotherapy would be recommended to attack any remaining cancer cells that might have been shed by the uterus before the surgery.

      I'm merely speculating, but I'd say there might well be good reason to be optimistic about the Princess's prognosis. However, even in cases of highly-treatable cancers, the treatment itself may be very unpleasant and difficult. The coming months will not be easy for her.

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    3. As a parent who had to explain that Mom has cancer to a young child, there absolutely was no reason for an early public statement. Adults and the press make the worst of every situation. Kids need to hear from their parents, process the information and believe Mom is okay. Cancer reduces us to primal needs: protecting our young. W&C and the Palace owed us nothing. The public refused to grant the requested privacy. The physical and emotional toll is nothing you wish on your worst foe.

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    4. After the surgery they would look at things under a microscope. Obviously cancer cells were present. A Dr on BBC explained it last night. Preventative chemo would treat the cells in certain areas to prevent them from becoming cancerous. He said there have been huge advances in this kind of treatment for the last 20 years and it's proven very successful. πŸ™. S.πŸ™‚.

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    5. Many times after a surgery, you have to heal from it before you begin follow-up surgery or treatments for cancer. It does indeed take a two or three months from diagnosis to decisions on treatment, at least in the US . I have watched my Dad , his brother and my Gramps as well as myself, two Aunts and a cousin having to wait before treatments, after a procedure. I’m not a know-it-all , but seven of us have been through this.

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  27. Hi. I am very sorry to hear the news about Kate. I read her comments and one was "For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone.'" I wish she hadn't said this, because some people have NOT survived their cancer. My dear beloved niece, 51 years old and a beautiful spirit, died on Valentine's Day. Yes, she is gone. No more hope or faith.

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  28. I was quite sorry to learn this news though not surprised, given my own medical history. My total hysterectomy took place 6 years ago because my physicians feared that I was suffering from a form of uterine cancer. I wasn't, but I remember that fear I felt and the concern of my family members. It was a terrible time, but it also caused me to suspect that the Princess was facing something similar.

    I have to say, though, that perhaps it would have been best if Kensington Palace had waited to claim that the Princess's condition was "non-cancerous" until the pathology report had come back after her surgery. Telling that world that she didn't have cancer when, in fact, there was no certainty, and then allowing this claim to stand for so long caused enormous PR problems. I know it's unfair to grouse about poor PR in the context of a cancer diagnosis, but perhaps that's the context in which royal PR needs to be of the very best.

    I do grasp the significant privacy issues, especially when you have young and emotionally-vulnerable children, and I wish the Waleses the very best as they traverse this rough and rocky road. Perhaps they will set a standard for the handling of these matters well into the future. I certainly hope so.

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    1. It's a shame that everyone is blaming the Palace Comm staff, they are in a no-win situation. They released a reasonable statement about her surgery, the timeline and the need for privacy. The press/influencers/trolls weren't happy with that and created false narrative. The public consumed it. Now those who created and gave life to the false narratives are incapable of accepting responsibility. The only error was the photo and by that time the conspiracies already had traction. It's time we all hold up a mirror and face the reflection.

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    2. I agree, in hindsight it would have probably been better to walk the original announcement back before now. But I also think that they had to say something now regardless of what all the media's been saying, because Easter is next week and she's not coming back. Even if the media HAD behaved properly the last 2 months, all of this would have started next week if nothing had been announced.

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    3. I'm sorry, Anon at 15:25, but I do not agree that it's "a shame" that people are criticizing the KP staff or that they were in a "no-win" situation. They have been problematic and unprofessional for some years now, not merely in this situation, but in this one they could have won quite handily, as the King's own staff did. Indeed, his surgery, coupled with the discovery of cancer, was a model of precisely how this should have been handled. There was the special issue of the Wales children to be dealt with, and no one can't sympathize with the concerns of their parents, but even that could have been handled much better on the PR front.

      I feel that what's happened here was yet another of the amateur-hour and knee-jerk defensive approach to PR that the KP staff have taken for quite a while. The two problems -- inexperience and defensiveness -- have resulted in a chaotic media -- and social media -- environment. In fact, I was criticized here not long ago when I described KP's dealings with the press as "underhanded." I should have been clearer, that I was referring to the way that KP (and Clarence House) briefed against the Sussexes in order to deflect negative stories about the then-Cambridges and the then-Waleses. Members of the media have admitted that this happened, that they knew why, and I am quite sure that both staffs feared any negative story about their particular employers was going to tar them in some horrific way. So, they directed the tabloids elsewhere.

      I repeat: this is amateur PR, and I can only sigh at how moronically juvenile it's all been.

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  29. What a touching video from Catherine. I’ve admired her for years, and this only increases my admiration. I had cancer and chemo twenty years ago. It can be exhausting, but hopefully the princess responds well to the many anti-emetic (anti-nausea) drugs available now. I’m sure Catherine can beat this!

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  30. I heard the news this afternoon as I was shopping in a local hardware and garden supply store (in the US). I was the only customer in the place. Suddenly the clerk behind the counter, checking her phone, announced loudly, "Kate Middleton has cancer!" Two other clerks appeared from various places in the store and the three started loudly reacting to and discussing the news, saying all kinds of nonsense about body doubles and speculating about "Harry and Meghan returning to England now...they will HAVE to!" I said nothing, paid for my purchases and got out of there. Given how much unverified speculation they had obviously absorbed, I assumed this "cancer news" was another unsubstantiated, cruel social media rumor. (It was several hours before I could get home and check reputable news sources. I don't read any tabloids, am not on Instagram, TikTok, X and don't get my news from social media.) There was something about the way these women were discussing this news that was really repellant to me -- using first names of people they don't know and will never meet, as though they were talking about their own relatives or close friends; casually mixing speculation and unfounded rumor with fact; the voraciousness of their curiosity; a sense that they felt *entitled* to know all about this family's private life; the fact that we're in the US, for heaven's sake -- at some level all of this is fundamentally NONE OF OUR BUSINESS. And all this was from people who were obviously fans, not haters, of the royals. I felt embarrassed for them, and very sorry for the members of the UK royal family -- stuck somewhere between no-longer-workable tradition and the sort of modern celebrity that eats people alive. I'm a cancer survivor and I lost my beloved spouse to cancer several years ago. In my spouse's and my cases, despite both of us having somewhat "public" professional lives, we were surrounded throughout by nothing but love, support, genuine help and as much privacy as wanted and needed. I cannot imagine going through that hellish time -- diagnosis, months of treatment, uncertainty, exhaustion, explaining it to the children and other relatives, hopes raised and dashed, again and again, then the whole long return to whatever your 'new normal' is going to be -- can't imagine surviving it without the sort of public respect and private love and support with which we were blessed. What I overheard this afternoon gave me the tiniest glimpse into what these two parents of three young children have been dealing with, and it was horrible. It's getting harder and harder to imagine why anyone would volunteer for (i.e., marry into) this sort of abuse and nonsense.

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    1. You are so right. I feel so protective of this precious young family. While I don’t know them either, I’ve followed them since 1981. I hope it encourages the ‘ supporters to keep in mind, Princess Catherine said she “had” cancer, not “has”. Now she’s being treated prophylactically and hopefully will be left alone for the remainder of her treatment.

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  31. I'm very hopeful that she'll recover and beat this, fully and completely. As always, even in this terrible time for William and Catherine, they manage to say the right thing, in the right way, at the right time. Bless them and their precious children. I hope the next few weeks are peaceful and healing for them, and that Catherine does indeed get better every day.

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  32. My daughter was 5 when I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. I too chose to protect myself and my family first. In fact, I appeared at school bald and everyone asked for whom did I shave my head. I responded that it’s me and I don’t have boobs either. Everyone was stunned but my family had started our journey and were unphased by others reactions. My daughter was thriving and processed our explanation so everyone was left powerless!

    I’ve since been a national cancer mentor for 14 years. Unfortunately, the course of events left me to believe that a post-surgical report might have altered things, this is a very familiar situation for cancer patients. The post path report tells the story. No person deserves to be “forced” into releasing medical information prior to processing it and protecting their family, especially a young family. One can only hope that some do a bit of soul-searching before making hasty future judgments.

    I sometimes question why William wants to remain next-in-line. He might easily continue work with the foundations and chose to end the madness he’s lived his entire life and that will be passed on to his children. Cancer has a way of carving one’s priorities and shedding a light on what really matters…

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    1. Anon: 2:36. Your story is engaging and I am so happy for you and your family that you are here to tell it. Please don't question William's role at this time. The late Queen fully believed that being Monarch was her destiny and her duty. William is dealing with so very much right now and when his time comes, he will hold his head high and be a good leader.

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    2. Anon 02:36 I SO hope you continue to be well.

      Re William, aside from the enormous shame that he would receive for refusing to be the heir, he does not, I believe, have the power to exclude his children from that fate. If he did, it would turn to Harry, who would likely refuse it. And then it would land on Andrew. And that would land on Beatrice later. I think those who are not in line enjoy their lives much more because they are not constantly scrutinized.

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    3. If William did give up his place in the line of succession, his three children would still remain in line as he cannot also renounce their claim to the throne. If George was under 18 when he came to the throne, a regent would be appointed. So it's more complicated than you might think. Plus, he'd no longer be entitled to an income from the Duchy of Cornwall and he would face the same security issues that H & M have had to deal with. No, I'd say he's pretty stuck.

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    4. Susan in Florida23 March 2024 at 20:10

      Thank you for saying this !

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    5. Although I can't imagine William doing this -- I think he was too well trained by his grandmother in the concepts of duty and service and the family's nearly 100 year old trauma of the abdication -- imagine if William, then each of his children, then Harry, his kids, Andrew, his daughters, etc. etc. etc. all did renounce it, each in turn. Each would have good and plausible reasons for doing so. (If it were I, I'd plead to be excused on sheer humanitarian grounds!) If they all did so, I guess the next Sovereign would be that Canadian guy who turned out to be an umpteenth great-grandson of Richard III back when they found the old King's skeleton under a carpark in Leicester. Who knows? A Canadian King might be able to bring some common sense and simple human decency back into the whole messy business. Kidding aside, I feel truly sorry for William right now (as well as Catherine, of course, and her loving family) -- as the heir, as a husband, son and father. Given everything in his own history, and the recent loss of his grandfather, grandmother and relationship with his brother, this must be hell for him right now. (And, I have to say, my admiration for the Queen increases by the day. She's been comporting herself with grace, keeping calm and carrying on, for months now. She's a true survivor. Well done!)

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  33. When I noticed her pauses, and the way she rubbed her hands together from time to time as she spoke, it just brought tears to my eyes, because I know how much strength it must have taken her to share the heartbreaking news, before the entire world. She shines with calm and strength yet also shows the effect on the treatment on her. I'm relieved for her in a way, because now she will be given more breathers space to be and rest. We love you Kate and Princess Catherine. May the love, kindness and nurturing you receive from your family, friends and medical team carry you and hold you through this time you endure.

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  34. I really am sad especially about the public bullying that pushed her into announcing this, and the impact on her children. I am steeling myself for the churn and headlines breathlessly commenting on her condition daily with no basis, no doubt coming within a week. I hope we as a world will be better than that. She deserves peace and privacy in her medical care.

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  35. Hello friends, I am deeply saddened to hear Catherine’s news. My phones alarm was accidentally set for 4am Australian time, and as I leaned from bed to turn it off, the news was breaking in London. I quietly watched her video & the tears flowed freely at the end when she said “You are not alone”. Our beautiful, courageous, fragile Catherine, bravely sharing her news with the world. Faith, hope & love become your guide in the days ahead, and although on days that mountain can feel too high to climb, with love by your side you somehow keep moving forward with hope in your heart. I pray for Catherine, William & the children that they are comforted by each other and that her cancer has been caught early enough. I head back into hospital on Monday morning for some further unexpected surgery. For all of us who have been touched by Cancer, I’m thinking of you, and as Catherine said “we are not alone”. Love, Dee xx

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    1. Dee.... after I got over the shock of Kate's announcement, I immediately thought of you! I knew I would be going to the blog & as I posted my first response.... I considered posting directly to you... but then I stopped & thought that I would wait until you had commented. Please know that you have a blog friend here in the U.S., thinking of you & I will be pulling for you, when you go in Monday for your unexpected surgery! xoxo

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      Dee - you keep fighting and moving forward , ok ? I don’t know you well, but I know you from this blog and appreciate how you have been very open about your health. Be pushy and get the answers you need. Be healthy. I’m sending prayers across the ocean for you to have peace and good health.

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    4. Hello Dee. So sorry to hear you are having more surgery. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I think of you alot. With love

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  36. Dear Charlotte, thank you so much for this swift posting. I am sad beyond words about these terrible news. Kate has always looked strong and healthy, but as some have already pointed out cancer is a horrible disease, stopping at nobody. The gossip and the mockery about her in these past months was hard for me to understand. Why not leaving her alone and give her the time and space every human being deserves? I have children on my own and this is one of my nightmare scenarios, having to tell the children that one of their parents is sick. I send the Princess and her family prayers and I wish them all, but Catherine in particular, strength to get through this hard time. Johanna

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  37. Such terrible worrisome news. Wishing the Princess a speedy recovery. Sending prayers x

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  38. This made me think of Kate meeting adorable little Mila in the pink dress. This news must have been difficult for Mila to hear about the Princess. I hope I remembered the name correctly.

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    1. Correct name and it was upsetting for her to hear this news. Her Mom said Mila would be in contact with the Princess herself. S.πŸ™‚.

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  39. Gosh! This was a shock to hear this morning.
    She is brave coming forward and explaining her situation, not that she should have had to. I noted that Catherine looks very pale in the video. I hope she is handling the chemo OK.
    I wish her all the best with her treatment and recovery. Hopefully now she can go through her treatment journey in peace and focus wholly on that and her family.

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  40. A message for Kate: you are wonderful! We love you all, all over the world. Huge shock for me last night. The UK is lucky to have you. Aline from France, a great fan of the Royal Family, and of Diana and Kate in particular.

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  41. What a heartbreaking video yet done with such courage, grace & poise! I see the same courage in you Charlotte in continuing this blog when you have had your own personal challenges. Thank you for this post. Thank you for not commenting about fashion or hair in this post. Thank you for providing a place where positivity and community mean a lot to so many of us. That being said, if you need to take more time away for your own private recovery, we understand. We wish you all the very best and our prayers are with you.

    After many years of continuity and relative stability with Queen Elizabeth, the Royal family sure have taken their hits the last few months and uncertainty reigns. Yes, they are a privileged family yet this is a reminder that they are also just like so many of us. They are not exempt from unexpected and scary news! I only hope the media and people in general can start treating them more “humanely” again! Much love and prayers go out for Kate and her whole family. We will continue to hope for a positive outcome!

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      I can’t agree more with what Donna just said!

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    2. Donna, that was so beautifully said! I'm so glad you mentioned Charlotte too. I too have been thinking of you Charlotte & also hope that you are able to take the time you yourself need, to fully heal or to stay well. We more than understand, if you need to step away. Do we love this blog & do many of us come here daily? Yes, but that's a testament to the foundation you have laid & the positive, accurate & educational coverage you have given, over these many years. Know we will always be here! xoxo

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    3. Absolutely, Becca USA Well said!

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  42. Out of all the rumors circulating, this one never even popped up in my radar and caught me off guard.
    I tried to stay away from speculation, but past few weeks I was seeing all sorts of 'where is Kate' content on social media. I truly believed she was just recovering. My thoughts are with her, and I wish her all the best, with a speedy recovery! And anyone else reading this and battling with cancer, I am sending you as many healing thoughts as possible, hugs.

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  43. Theresa, from Paris23 March 2024 at 13:54

    Dear Charlotte, I was one of the first to encourage you to pursue your wonderful blog years ago. I follow you still but do not comment anymore. My thoughts and prayers are with HRH the Princess of Wales and her family. We all wish her well and a safe return to good health. May I also send my thoughts to you, as I have read you are also recovering. May blessings and good health come to you and all of those of this community who share kindness and light. Best regards from Paris.

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  44. Praying for the Princess of Wales and her family. I hope she will be afforded the peace and privacy that she needs, so that she can focus on healing. She is a beautiful lady who exhibits grace and poise in all circumstances, a true role model. πŸ™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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  45. Very sad news. Sad news about King Charles and now Kate.

    They should have addressed this from the beginning. There wouldn’t have been such a media frenzy. I figured she wasn’t well or there was some sort of “drama” they didn’t want out publicly with that edited picture of her and the children. Unfortunately it is due to her sickness.(not that something drama related would have been good either but “better” considering the two)

    They have known for a while, and should have told their children, the rest of Will’s family, and her family shortly after she was out of the hospital. Maybe they did, but didn’t address the public. They knew then. They would have avoided all the speculation and rumours that come with the fake pictures. That would have made the first bit of this a bit more “peaceful” for them without having to hear all the rumours. I’m also wondering why it is called “pre cancerous treatment” if they are saying she indeed has cancer? Why is it worded like that?

    I have family that have had this terrible disease and they have passed. She and Charles will have had immediate treatment because of who they are, no waiting for doctors or appts. I do agree with another poster above it would be nice if she did some sort of patron to due with cancer. To get faster treatment for regular people. Charles too.

    Wishing them both well and hoping they have a speedy recovery.

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    1. Sparks - I think it is better if you listen to Kate's video message and try to understand the chronological order of events. She put it in ways she wanted to express it, and that much is enough for the public. Most inquiries you have is within her message, and however way others think, any person/s choice in how they communicated the news to their families or the public including this couple must be left at that. If anything, many people can take lessons in how to break turning point news to children and timing. She seems to have a very good sense of the psych of children.

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    2. William and Kate has on multiple occassions over the years chosen to take a public hit in order to protect the life they want and the choices they made. Examples are moving to Amner, William taking a day-job, taking their time getting engaged.
      I think this was another example. It was more important to them to manage the timeline for their children than for the public. And while they might not have expected the conspiracies to reach the level it did, they always knew that none of it were true and they also knew that when they do decide to go public it will show these conspiracy theorists and comentators for what they are.

      As usual they were playing the long game.

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    3. I hope this answers why it was worded that way. The cancer was removed when she had her surgery in January. They, of course, at the time didn't know it was cancer being removed. There is no cancer in her body as of now, however, a course of preventative chemo can kill off any cancer cells that may have "escaped." It is usually done after you are fully healed from your surgery, so your body can handle the chemo. Also, deciding on the exact course of chemo, sometimes takes a few weeks (or a month or two) to figure out and decide what is best for that particular patient.

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    4. I do not agree with you at all. Just because she is part of the royal family does not mean that treatment and so on becomes instantaneous. When you have surgery and then go on to follow up treatments, whether it is chemotherapy or radiation, your body has to heal before that treatment can start. For me, it was a month. With Catherine having major abdominal surgery it most likely has a longer recovery time before the next step of treatments could start. And, you don't know certain things right away. One of the worst things about going through cancer treatment is the uncertainty and the waiting involved. Testing takes time. And just because you may be a royal doesn't make it go any faster.

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    5. I don't think the poster meant that treatment and recoveries can go faster if you're an RF member. I think they meant that they would receive timely care, which many people do not. It's the same around the world -- I don't think anyone is critical but many of us have family or friends whose care was delayed for months and months while the patients was prescribed NSAIDs instead of costly imaging. By the time my best friend was admitted to the hospital, she had a week to live.

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    6. Before it was found that Catherine had cancer, they said that she had surgery and would return after Easter. So even not having the information about her cancer, I don't see why everybody was freaking out about Catherine not being seen! Now they had to say something because she will not be returning after Easter, but people should have accepted her absence up to Easter...

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    7. I love what you said, RachelZA! You absolutely touched on everything that has been Kate & William. Choosing with intention, the life that they want, within the construct of their royal roles & life. They have always appeared to play the long game, as a couple, & I think that's what really makes them role models. They are first & foremost a Team!! xoxo

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    8. Exactly that Rachel ZA! They have always been strong in their own truth and have played the long game, much to the dismay of many, but to the benefit and strength of their family. I believe that is one of the reasons that they have garnered the respect that they have....they most certainly have mine.

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    9. Both Charles and Kate stated cancer was discovered after they had an operation for Prostate enlargement and stomach problem respectively. They also stated chemo treatment; it seems they had the biopsy after their surgery according to the order of events they expressed in their health care. It can also be taken, they skipped a step to reveal what came first which they have a right not to disclose (not sure if it brings clarity for the public’s info purpose) Chemo after surgery is typically post removal of the cancer tumor/mass etc. That way any lingering cancerous cell is treated. Then followed by up to five years of medication for preventing a return of the cancer. It seems in both their cases, removal of the mass was completed, pause for healing, followed by radiation or chemotherapy. Major troubling illness generally may get steps of tests and finally biopsy ( testing the sick area cells for cancer) to determine the diagnosis.

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  46. Devastated by this news

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  47. What a shock when I saw the title with cancer word in media…I am praying for her, William and children and all the family. I hope now that people and media will let her alone and in private life during remission…you are not alone Kate we are all with you.

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  48. As a multi cancer survivor, I am sickened thinking that the ridiculous speculation about her condition and whereabouts caused Kate to alter the timing and manner in which she and William acclimated the children to this scary news. Anyone who has heard “you have cancer” is left reeling and deserves the space to process and cope.

    For anyone who is speculating about when exactly she knew the diagnosis, what type of cancer is involved and at what stage, and what the prognosis might be, ask yourself why you think it’s any of your business.

    I wish Kate and her entire family peace and strength.

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      BRAVO Zipzipzippy. AGREED on all fronts!

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  49. I think the public knows all it needs to know now. The public will have to make do with fewer (and less glamorous) RF members. And I don't see why that can't be done. No, Harry won't be asked to pitch in! And I think that's just the way it will be in the future anyway. William will be the only working grandchild; the others have their lives and their own charities. And maybe he'll have a different work style, one that allows the heir to choose their work, providing only ceremonial support.

    I shudder to think of the "news" stories we'll see now that all the crazy stories we've can't be postulated.

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  50. Many prayers for our beloved Princess Catherine. As an American, she’s not really “ours”, except that so many of us around the world have embraced her as a role model, in her devotion to her husband, children, and nation. We love her because she seems so kind, so compassionate; confident, and also humble, utterly down-to-earth, and relatable. My heart, as millions of other hearts, breaks at this news, and I will be praying for the Princess of Wales. May God grant her and her family true Peace. Get well soon.🩷🩷🩷

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  51. The Princess of Wales has said that she is enormously touched and extremely moved by public support following her cancer announcement. S.πŸ™‚.

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  52. Also confirmed that The Prince and Princess of Wales and their children will not be attending Easter mass this year. Good for them. Tomorrows newspapers are being reviewed now on the news. The Princess is on every front page again. If not for the media I hope this announcement will draw a line under it for The Princess and she can focus on resting and being strong enough to deal with her treatment. The countryside will do her great good. I have mentioned I hoped that the Irish guards had sent her some Guinness over missing St Patricks day. It turns out that she put £2000 behind the bar to buy Guinness for the soldiers. S.πŸ™‚.

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  53. Catherine, may you have a full return to health and all the time and privacy you and your family need.

    Charlotte, may you recover your full strength and health as well, and I hope you can continue this lovely blog for a long time to come.

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  54. Great fortitude shown by Kate in delivering this statement. Wishing her rest, recovery and back to full health soon.

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  55. Cara, Australia24 March 2024 at 02:41

    I take comfort from the words Catherine told her children "I am well". She is undergoing treatment, healing and is doing all she can to recover. Catherine's positive message will go a long way to reassure her family, herself and the people around her. She is focused on a 'full recovery'. Her strong and fighting attitude will be such a source of comfort to her children.

    Wishing Catherine and all those lovely people here in the CK community who are dealing with this disease all the very best.
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  56. Charlotte thank you for the post. Such sad news. My thoughts and love go out to Catherine and her family as well as the Royal Family. I hope she and the King have time to heal without intrusive expectations. Charlotte please take the time in this quiet period to have the rest you need. You have always gone above and beyond. With love L

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  57. Prayers and good thoughts for the Princess. Devastating news.

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  58. I am devastated to hear this news. My mom died of breast cancer two years ago and she was not a famous princess but she didn’t want anyone to know she had cancer and she didn’t even want close friends to know. Cancer is very shocking and personal and everyone deals with it differently and people are entitled to their privacy when diagnosed and battling the terrible disease. I am praying for Catherine. Really sad for her and her family and now understand why Prince William did not attend King Constantine’s memorial. I did figure it had to do with Kate. He is a good husband. What a horrendous time for the Royal
    Family. Kate and Charles have cancer and William and Harry are estranged when they need each other most. Thomas Kingston died by an apparent suicide all so much tragedy. I am praying for them all. I do hope Kate pulls through I see a very strong woman in the video. Any person fighting cancer is a strong resilient person but she must do it in the public eye it is not easy and she has 3 small kids. The whole world is behind her giving her strength and courage and love.

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  59. My father died of cancer so I can certainly understand where the family is coming from, though without the media storm. The nurses at the hospital were absolute angels and I will never, ever forget them. There isn't much to be said (written?) that hasn't already been said but I felt the need to acknowledge in particular the nurses. Though it is very sad to lose a family member to this dreadful disease (well, to lose a family member in any way), the amazing support from the nursing staff made it just a little bit easier.

    - Jennifer from the US

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  60. Wishing the PoW a speedy and full recovery and hoping you are better as well Charlotte.

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  61. Such shocking news. Praying for Catherine. Such a brave video. She delivered it with calm and grace. Praying for a full recovery and that she takes all the time needed. Praying also for Prince William. My heart goes out to him and everyone in the family. Hope you are doing better each day Charlotte. ❤️

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  62. A 'shout out' to everyone battling health issues, including mental health issues, and disability.

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  63. What can the world-at-large learn from this? 'Be kind'.

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  64. What dreadful news. No words.

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  65. Very saddened to hear this but not surprised with the long recovery. Honestly, I hope everyone who was bashing her has the decency to think long and hard before they take any similar action when they feel tempted to strike out.

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  66. Tammy from California25 March 2024 at 00:51

    This news ruined my whole day. What ruined it even more was that she was forced to give this speech because of the relentless media and awful rumors they stirred up. They learned nothing from Princess Diana. My prayer is that this brave woman, mother and wife finish her treatment and be well for the rest of her life. Long live this QUEEN.

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  67. Interesting tweet from Linda Yaccarino CEO of X wrote on X: "A brave message delivered by Princess Kate with her signature grace. Her request for privacy, to protect her children and allow her to move forward (without endless speculation) seems like a reasonable request to respect."

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  68. I was so saddened to hear Kate's message and that she was forced to have to smack down all the rumour and inuendo that was circulating on various media and social media even some totally frivolous podcasts that I listen to that weighed in and I was appalled at people's unkindness and Un thoughtfulness to the possible reasons why she was "missing". Unfortunately, my quiet thoughts on what may have been wrong are true, and I wish Kate a speedy recovery back to full health and back doing the things she loves the most. Also thank you to Charlotte with her ongoing work on this blog and to the lovely community here who are all here to learn about the important work of the Walses and support them and of course the fun commentating on fashion which seems totally irrelevant at the moment. Thank you to those of you who have shared your health issues either past or current my thoughts are with you all and sending you all positive and healing wishes. Take care everyone. Sue in WA

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  69. Long-time lurker here. Just wanted to wish peace and good health to Kate and to everyone reading. This song, "How firm a foundation," has brought me comfort in hard times, so I thought I'd share it in case it could help anyone else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLH49g_aQV0

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    1. Maggie, this was one of my Mom’s favorite hymns! She’s been gone almost three years now but it still brings me great comfort. Thank you for sharing! ~NorCal Gal

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  70. As soon as I heard, I headed straight to your blog, Charlotte. I'm mostly a lurker, but I feel as though we have a community here.

    Devastated by the news, of course. As a two-time cancer survivor, I have some understanding of what she's going through. I can't imagine sharing it with the world, or having three small kids to tell. Praying for our princess and wishing her the best during this time.

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  71. I am so sorry to hear this news. I am praying for Catherine and her family as they walk through this difficult season. Thank you so much for keeping us posted.

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  72. I think if Princess Catherine wants to take a few months or a few years off, she should. There’s nothing wrong with being a stay at home mum till the youngest is older. If she feels comfortable doing part-time work, then that’s good too. She is the one in control of her life. She’s not at our beck and call. The public needs a reminder of this. Cancer brings home what’s important in life.

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    1. Cancer does bring home what is important in life. At the time of my cancer diagnosis, I was stressed that my custom made drapes in the dining room, were not hanging properly. Suddenly the drapes did not matter, nor any other "small stuff." Only my family and getting well were important.

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  73. I’m so sorry to hear of the news.
    She is so so brave and ever so gracious and caring, still remembering to give consolation and hope to others in the same plight as her.
    She epitomise the spirit of hope and grace.
    She is truly a peoples’ Princess πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  74. I have to be honest about something..... I've always held.... not exactly a grudge against Camilla, but rather thought badly of her.. because of what happened with Charles & Diana. I was very much on Diana's side. However, I definitely could eventually see, how Camilla made Charles happy. So I was able to tolerated her, when they got married. I was rather neutral towards her. Neither liking her, nor accepting the stories, painting her badly, as gospel.

    However, beginning with watching "The Crown". I came to think how life is more 'grey'. I actually began to feel for what she must have gone through during all of those years. I also, as time has passed, really thought of things being more 'grey' with Diana too.

    Fast forward to today... when viewing the coverage of her in Shrewsbury, I couldn't think of anyone, including Diana, doing a better job at this time, than Camilla is doing. She clearly puts Charles's best interests first & while she didn't 'want' this job & much is written about her preferring a quiet life & her privacy.... She has stepped up for the Royal Family, Above & Beyond what anyone could have imagined, would have ever been asked of her. I realized today, just how much I have grown to respect her! She doesn't make things about herself. Even though it must be hard for her, (& I'm so glad she is strong enough in who she is, to have said she needed & taken a break) but now that she is the "Forward Facing Leader of The Royal Family", I believe it could not be in better hands! xoxo

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