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A still of Catherine, Princess of Wales in a video recorded by BBC Studios, revealing that she has cancer. She sits on a bench, outdoors at Windsor Castle and wears a striped blue and white top.

Catherine, The Princess of Wales Reveals She has Cancer

Catherine, The Princess of Wales has cancer and is undergoing preventative chemotherapy treatment.

The Princess shared the news today in a video message recorded by BBC Studios.

“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.

The news comes after the Princess’ abdominal surgery earlier this year – and, unfortunately, weeks of speculation by media outlets and social media users about her whereabouts.

Whilst the specific diagnosis hasn’t been disclosed, Kensington Palace has confirmed the Princess is expected to make a full recovery.

A transcript of her full video message is shared below:

 

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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.”

You can also watch the Princess’ video message here.

(Feature Image Credit: Handout/BBC Studios/Kensington Palace via Getty Images)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter and the founder of positive celebrity news site CelebrityKind. (She's also a mummy-of-3, chocoholic and Opraholic!)