Read Kate Middleton’s full statement on her cancer diagnosis

Kate Middleton revealed Friday she was diagnosed with cancer following weeks of conspiracy theories surrounding her whereabouts.

“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,” she began her video announcement.

“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.”

Kate Middleton revealed Friday that she was diagnosed with cancer. BBC Studios
The Princess of Wales did not reveal what type of cancer with which she was diagnosed. BBC Studios
Her statement came after weeks of conspiracy theories surrounding her health. BBC Studios

“In January,” she recalled, “I underwent major abdominal surgery in London, and at the time, it was thought that my condition was noncancerous. 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.”

The Princess of Wales, 42, continued, “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.”

Middleton revealed her cancer was found after the major abdominal surgery she underwent in January. Javier Garcia/Shutterstock
“It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment,” she explained. Shutterstock
She also said it has taken time to explain the state of her health to her three kids with Prince William: George, Charlotte and Louis. KensingtonRoyal/X
“I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal in my mind, body and spirits,” Middleton explained. Geoff Robinson/Shutterstock

“As you can imagine, this has taken time,” the mother of three explained. “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,” Middleton went on.


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“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,” she said, wrapping up her statement.

“Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance, too,” she added. Getty Images
She also thanked fans for their “love,
support and kindness.” Shutterstock
“For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not
alone,” Middleton concluded. Dave Shopland/Shutterstock

“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,” Middleton concluded.

She did not disclose the type of cancer with which she was diagnosed.