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Princess Kate announces cancer diagnosis

British Princess Kate has to undergo chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer. The wife of heir to the throne Prince William announced this in a video message.

Princess Kate has been diagnosed with cancer after abdominal surgery. The wife of the heir to the British throne, Prince William, is now receiving chemotherapy. In a video message, the 42-year-old said that the diagnosis was of course a big shock. She and her husband, heir to the throne, Prince William, would have done everything to process and cope with this with their family.

“It took me some time to recover from the serious surgery before I could begin treatment.” Above all, they needed time to inform their three children, Prince George (10), Princess Charlotte (8) and Prince Louis (5), and to “explain and reassure them in an appropriate manner that I will be fine.” The family will skip the royal Easter celebrations. Kate did not reveal an exact diagnosis.

There had previously been speculation about her health for weeks. The daughter-in-law of King Charles III, who is also being treated for cancer, has not attended public appointments for a long time.

sympathy and Get well wishes

King Charles praised his “beloved daughter-in-law's” openness. The monarch is “so proud of Catherine for her courage” to speak out about her illness, Buckingham Palace said.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak immediately wished the princess a “full and speedy recovery” and assured her of the “love and support of the entire country.”

Condolences also came from Washington: thoughts were with Kate, her family and her friends, said spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre. “And of course we wish her a full recovery.” It is now particularly important to respect their privacy, Jean-Pierre continued.

Conjectures about Kate's condition

According to the palace, Kate underwent abdominal surgery in mid-January. A diagnosis was not given. At the time it was simply said that it was not cancer. Since then, a number of speculations and conspiracy stories about her condition have spread online.

The speculation has recently been debated more and more in the otherwise palace-friendly tabloid media and even reached the reputable BBC. The negative highlight was the fact that Kensington Palace published a photo of Kate and her children allegedly taken by William on Mother's Day in England, which was immediately withdrawn by international news agencies because of manipulation.

Imke Köhler, ARD London, tagesschau, March 22, 2024 7:31 p.m

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