Kate Middleton: Support pours in after Princess of Wales reveals cancer diagnosis

She started preventive chemotherapy in February

Kate Middleton cancer diagnosis (File) Britain's Kate, Princess of Wales, attends the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London | AP

After Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, announced her cancer diagnosis, messages of support wishing her a speedy recovery poured in from several quarters. The princess said that she is in the early stages of preventive chemotherapy after the diagnosis. 

Soon after her emotional personal video message released by Kensington Palace on Friday, King Charles III praised her for her courage in speaking about it openly. 

"Following their time in hospital together, His Majesty has remained in the closest contact with his beloved daughter-in-law throughout the past weeks. Both Their Majesties [Charles and Camilla] will continue to offer their love and support to the whole family through this difficult time," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also praised her bravery and wished for a speedy recovery. 

"When it comes to matters of health, like everyone else, she must be afforded the privacy to focus on her treatment and with her loving family. I know I speak for the whole country in wishing her a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back in action when she's ready,” said Sunak in a statement posted on X.

From around the world, US President Joe Biden wrote on X that he and his wife Jill "join millions around the world in praying for your full recovery, Princess Kate".

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also shared a message of support for their sister-in-law in a statement. "We wish health and healing for Kate and the family, and hope they can do so privately and in peace," it said.

French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on X: "In this difficult period you are going through, Brigitte and I wish you a full recovery. Your strength and resilience inspire us all."

"On behalf of Canadians, I'm sending my support as she undergoes treatment. We're all wishing her a swift recovery," wrote Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Even messages of support flooded social media from hundreds with the hashtag #GetWellSoonCatherine and #WeLoveYouCatherine. 

Kate underwent major abdominal surgery in London in January. Though her condition was thought to be non-cancerous, tests after the operation revealed that cancer was 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, she said in the video.

"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,” she said on a note of optimism.

"For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone," she added.

Kate started her course of preventive chemotherapy in late February. 

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