• Princess Catherine recently took a brave step by publicly disclosing her health condition, drawing widespread attention.
  • Her solitary announcement, made without Prince William by her side, has prompted speculation and conversation.
  • Palace sources have provided insight into Princess Catherine’s decision to make such a personal revelation alone.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Princess Catherine, affectionately known to many as Kate Middleton, has always been a beacon of grace and poise in her royal duties. Recently, she made a deeply personal announcement about her health. She revealed that she had been dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

Catherine, Princess of Wales on May 6, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales on May 6, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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This personal revelation follows a two-month hiatus from public duties after her surgery. Kensington Palace had previously announced her hospitalization for planned surgery on January 17, 2024. The surgery was deemed successful, with an expected hospital stay of up to two weeks before home recovery.

Catherine, Princess of Wales during The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 on July 14, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales during The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 on July 14, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

The announcement of the cancer diagnosis was made by Princess Catherine alone, without Prince William at her side. This signifies a notable shift from conventional royal protocols. Choosing to connect directly with the public, Catherine bypassed conventional press releases.

Catherine, Princess of Wales during the opening of Evelina London's new children's day surgery unit on December 5, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales during the opening of Evelina London’s new children’s day surgery unit on December 5, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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She instead shared a heartfelt video message on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Instagram page on March 22, 2024. In this video, she candidly spoke about the trials her family had faced in recent months and praised the exemplary care provided by her medical team.

Catherine, Princess of Wales at the Design Museum on November 15, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales at the Design Museum on November 15, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

In her statement, she acknowledged the unwavering support she has received from William, saying, “Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance.” The Prince has been by her side since when she started experiencing health issues earlier in the year.

Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the "Together At Christmas" Carol Service on December 8, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the “Together At Christmas” Carol Service on December 8, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Catherine underwent significant abdominal surgery in London this past January, initially believed to be for a benign condition. Subsequent tests, however, detected cancer, necessitating a preventative chemotherapy regimen, which she has commenced. According to Catherine, the diagnosis came as a profound shock to both her and Prince William.

Catherine, Princess of Wales visiting Sandringham on September 8, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales visiting Sandringham on September 8, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

They have been privately dealing with the news, with their primary concern being the well-being of their children. The post-surgery recovery period and the commencement of treatment have been gradual, with a focus on gently informing their children, George, Charlotte, and Louis, and ensuring their understanding and comfort.

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Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales on September 7, 2022 in Bracknell, England | Source: Getty Images

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales on September 7, 2022 in Bracknell, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine expressed her wish for normalcy for her children and the confidentiality of her medical details. The Palace committed to providing updates only upon significant developments. In her message, Catherine also extended her empathy to others battling cancer, encouraging them to maintain hope.

Catherine, Princess of Wales making her cancer announcement from a video dated March 22, 2024 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales

Catherine, Princess of Wales making her cancer announcement from a video dated March 22, 2024 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales

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Catherine, Princess of Wales making her cancer announcement from a video dated March 22, 2024 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales

Catherine, Princess of Wales making her cancer announcement from a video dated March 22, 2024 | Source: Instagram/princeandprincessofwales

Despite Catherine highlighting the comfort and reassurance she found in having William by her side, his absence during her announcement sparked public speculation. However, insiders close to the royal family were quick to dispel any conspiracy theories, explaining that Catherine chose to make the announcement alone as it pertained to her health.

Princess of Wales attends the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial on May 10, 2022 in Manchester, England | Source: Getty Images

Princess of Wales attends the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial on May 10, 2022 in Manchester, England | Source: Getty Images

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According to one insider, William is immensely proud of his wife’s courage, particularly following her surgery in January. His primary focus has been on ensuring Catherine’s privacy during her recovery and protecting their children from the public interest in the news.

William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales during a visit to Daystar Evangelical Church on March 26, 2022 in Great Abaco, Bahamas | Source: Getty Images

William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales during a visit to Daystar Evangelical Church on March 26, 2022 in Great Abaco, Bahamas | Source: Getty Images

Catherine felt it was essential to deliver the message alone and at the right time. She and William needed time to digest the news and her recovery from surgery required a significant amount of time. Additionally, they needed a suitable period to discuss the situation with their children. These factors were the driving force behind her decision.

William, Prince of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Prince Louis on April 23, 2020 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

William, Prince of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Prince Louis on April 23, 2020 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Catherine, Princess of Wales on June 23, 2005 in England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales on June 23, 2005 in England | Source: Getty Images

Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter defended Catherine’s decision to make the announcement alone. He criticized those who questioned William’s absence and praised Catherine for her bravery. His daughter, Victoria, echoed this sentiment, praising Catherine’s “grace under fire” and describing her delivery as “impeccable.”

Dickie Arbiter attends the 1st Birthday Gala Performance of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" on February 23, 2016 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Dickie Arbiter attends the 1st Birthday Gala Performance of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on February 23, 2016 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Ailsa Anderson, Queen Elizabeth II’s former press secretary, spoke about William’s role amid Catherine’s cancer treatment. She described William as an “anchor” for his children, emphasizing his commitment to their welfare above everything else.

Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim, a footman, place on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace a notification to announce the birth of Prince George on July 22, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim, a footman, place on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace a notification to announce the birth of Prince George on July 22, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Anderson also highlighted that William is expected to stagger his work commitments, much like he has done since Catherine was admitted to the hospital for her initial operation. Anderson expressed that Catherine’s disclosure would strike a chord with those battling cancer.

William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales attend Grenfell Tower's 5th Memorial Service on June 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales attend Grenfell Tower’s 5th Memorial Service on June 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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She dared anyone who saw the Princess’ announcement not to be moved by her courage and strength. In the face of conspiracy theories shared online during Catherine’s absence from public duties, Anderson implored detractors to rethink their posts.

Catherine, Princess of Wales on June 23, 2005 in England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales on June 23, 2005 in England | Source: Getty Images

She underscored that the inner workings of anyone’s household are unknown and that all the feedback she had garnered was empathetic. She added, “She’s not just a senior member of the royal family, but she’s also a mother of young children — she’s so young. I’m sure the whole world will be with her.”

Catherine, Princess of Wales on October 11, 2023 in Nottingham, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales on October 11, 2023 in Nottingham, England | Source: Getty Images

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Anderson also highlighted the importance for those dealing with illness, like Catherine, to focus on their recovery. She expressed her belief that those who are unwell need to remain focused and not let external distractions hinder them. She conveyed her hope that Catherine possesses the inner strength required for this journey.

William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales during the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit on October 9, 2018 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales during the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit on October 9, 2018 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

She also emphasized that Catherine has the backing of her husband, his family, and her own extraordinary family. Despite the trolling and vitriol, their support enables Catherine to concentrate on what truly matters – regaining her strength for her well-being and the sake of her children and husband.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis and Mia Tindall attend a Christmas church service on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis and Mia Tindall attend a Christmas church service on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk | Source: Getty Images

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Catherine’s pre-recorded video was released during the Easter holiday when their children were already out of school. This timing was intentional, allowing the family to have private time together in the coming weeks.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince William, Prince of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 5, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince William, Prince of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 5, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

The Wales family deviated from tradition by spending the Easter weekend privately at home, skipping the royal family’s traditional service at St. George’s Chapel. William has decided to postpone his return to royal duties until the children are back in school at Lambrook School in late April, prioritizing spending time with his children during their school breaks.

William, the Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte on September 5, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

William, the Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte on September 5, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Catherine shared that she initially had no signs of cancer, but post-operative tests revealed the presence of the disease. She is in the early stages of treatment, although she has not disclosed the type of cancer she has. This diagnosis was the reason for William’s withdrawal from an event last month, citing a “personal matter.”

William, the Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales make a public appearance on November 21, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

William, the Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales make a public appearance on November 21, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

The Palace has confirmed that William will continue his dual role of providing support to his wife and family while also carrying out his official duties, a balance he has been maintaining since the start of the year.

William, the Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

William, the Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Catherine’s diagnosis is the second instance of cancer within the royal family, following King Charles’ own admission that he is undergoing treatment. Despite his own health challenges, the King remains in close contact with his cherished daughter-in-law.

Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the "Together At Christmas" Carol Service on December 8, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the “Together At Christmas” Carol Service on December 8, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Alongside Queen Camilla, they continue to extend their unwavering love and support to the entire family, reinforcing the unity and resilience of the royal family during this challenging time.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the Easter Service on March 31, 2024 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the Easter Service on March 31, 2024 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

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James Middleton, Catherine’s brother, expressed his unwavering support for his sister following the shock diagnosis. He conveyed the sentiment that they have faced many challenges together as a family, and they will face this one together as well.

James and Pippa Middleton, siblings of Catherine, Princess of Wales on May 6, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

James and Pippa Middleton, siblings of Catherine, Princess of Wales on May 6, 2023 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also extended their well wishes for the Princess of Wales, expressing their hope for her health and healing, and for the family to have privacy and peace during this time.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on February 16, 2024 in Vancouver, Canada | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on February 16, 2024 in Vancouver, Canada | Source: Getty Images

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Princess Catherine’s courageous revelation of her cancer diagnosis stands as a powerful act of bravery. Her transparency raises public awareness about the disease and provides hope and strength to those facing similar struggles.

Catherine, Princess of Wales on October 17, 2021 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales on October 17, 2021 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

With the royal family’s solidarity in these trying times, they exemplify unwavering resilience, shining as a source of optimism for countless individuals.

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