Kate Middleton Announces She Has Cancer In Heartbreaking Statement

Kate Middleton has announced that she has cancer in a new heartbreaking new statement following a wave of concern.
Credit: Alamy

Kate Middleton has announced that she has cancer in a heartbreaking new statement. 

The last time the Princess of Wales, 42, made a public appearance was on Christmas Day.

She joined other members of the royal family for the annual church service and walk.

Following this final public appearance, it was disclosed that Middleton was undergoing ‘planned abdominal surgery’.

But this announcement was quickly met with rumours, speculation and even conspiracy theories.

And now, the Princess has shared a statement.

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When Middleton was last seen in public, she appeared happy and healthy on her way to church at the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, alongside her husband, Prince William, and the couple’s three children Prince GeorgePrincess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Kate Middleton and Prince William with children on Christmas Day walk.
Kate Middleton was last seen in public on Christmas Day, looking happy and healthy. Credit: Alamy

Soon after, on January 17, the announcement of surgery was made – although some were sceptical that the surgery had not been previously announced if it was truly planned.

Middleton was reportedly discharged 14 days later on January 29, although people were again concerned because no photos were taken at the time.

And as the Princess was not seen since, speculation continued to grow.

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On March 4, the first image of Middleton since 2023 was released to the public by TMZ.

However, the low image quality and the seeming change in Middleton’s appearance continued the speculation as to her true whereabouts.

In response to the questions, the royal family released another picture of Middleton, presumably intended to ease public concern over the Princess’ whereabouts – but this one prompted even more speculation.

The image was clearly edited, and this led to major news outlets pulling it from circulation.

“In the Public Relations industry, a ‘kill notification’ is the coup de grâce of the media circuit,” one person explained on X, formerly Twitter.

“For the Associated Press (AP) to issue this update, it means that something is TERRIBLY wrong. Think of it as a Cat. 5 cyclone. This is literally a death blow to any press source.”

“To kill something on the basis of manipulation is rare,” Phil Chetwynd, global news director of Agence France-Presse (AFP), confirmed to BBC Radio 4’s Media Show.

“We do it once a year maybe, I hope less. The previous kills we’ve had have been from the North Korean news agency or the Iranian news agency.”

Kate Middleton's Mother Day photo.
The edited image prompted a historic kill notification. Credit: @princeandprincessofwales/Instagram & X

Conspiracy theorists then began asking if the image was taken last year, or if Middleton’s face was superimposed from her Vogue cover.

The explanation provided by the palace continued to make people even more suspicious.

“Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing,” a statement, apparently from Middleton, read.

“I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day. C.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Kate Middleton has finally spoken out following the wave of concern. Credit: Alamy

Now, Middleton herself has spoken out.

“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,” the statement begins. 

“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.

Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Kate Middleton says she and Prince William have been ‘doing everything we can’ to privately manage the news. Credit: Alamy

“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.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Kate Middleton says she has explained everything to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, ‘in a way that is appropriate for them’. Credit: Alamy

“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.”

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.