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Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, has been diagnosed with cancer and has begun chemotherapy

Kate Middleton revealed to the world that she has been diagnosed with cancer. 

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, released a moving video message on Friday, two months after she underwent "major" abdominal surgery at The London Clinic.

She began by thanking everyone for their messages of support, and said that it has been an 'incredibly tough couple of months' for her entire family'. 

"I underwent major abdominal surgery in London, and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous," said the 42-year-old. "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," said Middleton.  "We hope that you'll understand, that as a family, we now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment." 

She added that she and the Prince of Wales have been doing everything they can 'to process and manage this privately for the sake of their young family'. The message continued to say:

"As you can imagine, this has taken time. It has taken me time to recover from major surgery to start my treatment, but most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that's appropriate for them and to reassure them I'm going to be OK. As I've said to them, I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on 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 been shown by so many of you. It means so much to as both. We hope that you'll 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'm able. But for now, I must focus on making a full recovery. At this time, I'm also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer."

She concluded by saying, 'for  everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone'. The Princess of Wales was admitted to the private hospital, where King Charles III was also treated, for planned abdominal surgery.

Following her video, Buckingham Palace has said that  King Charles is 'so proud of Catherine for her courage' in speaking about her treatment for cancer. 

Her news comes six weeks after King Charles paused his public appearances following a cancer diagnosis himself. King Charles and Queen Camilla, also said that they would 'continue to offer their love and support to the whole family through this difficult time'. 
Support has poured in for the princess. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent a message saying, "We wish health and healing for Kate and the family, and hope they are able to do so privately and in peace."

Middleton's brother James posted a message on Instagram, writing, "Over the years, we have climbed many mountains together. As a family, we will climb this one with you too".

The type of cancer has not been disclosed yet by Kensington Palace but says it is confident she will make a full recovery.

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