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Kate Middleton has announced that she is in the early stages of cancer treatment.

In a video statement, The Princess of Wales says it was a “huge shock” after an “incredibly tough couple of months”.

Details of the cancer have not been disclosed, but Kensington Palace says it is confident the princess will make a full recovery.

Here is Catherine’s statement in full:

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.

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.

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.

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.


Kate Middleton is set to stay in hospital for up to a fortnight after undergoing abdominal surgery.

According to Kensington Palace said the procedure was planned and successful but the Princess of Wales is not expected to resume royal duties for months.

The palace did not disclose further details about her condition but said it was not cancer-related.

A statement added Catherine wished to apologise for postponing planned engagements.

“Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter,” a statement said.

As is standard practice for senior royals, the palace has disclosed few details about the princess’ condition and will not provide a running commentary on her recovery.

But it is clear from the length of time Catherine, 42, is expected to stay in hospital and the tone of the statement issued by the palace that her medical condition is serious.

The surgery – which took place on January 16 – was significant enough to keep her in hospital for up to two weeks and it is expected that recuperation could take as long as three months.

The princess had a full diary in December and there was no indication that she was unwell during public appearances.

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A statement from the palace said the princess “appreciates the interest this statement will generate” and stressed she wants her personal medical information to remain private.

It continued: “She hopes that the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible.”

Kensington Palace said it would only provide updates when there is significant new information to share.

Kate Middleton is recuperating at the London Clinic, near Regent’s Park in central London, which describes itself as the UK’s largest independent private hospital.

TV cameras and reporters were seen gathering near to the hospital after the announcement on January 17, with a number of police officers also discreetly dotted around the streets near the building.

The Prince of Wales will not be carrying out any official duties while his wife is in hospital.

Once discharged, Kate Middleton is expected to recover at home in Windsor, where the Waleses and their children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, now reside.

In the statement issued on January 17, Kensington Palace said: “Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was admitted to The London Clinic yesterday for planned abdominal surgery.

“The surgery was successful and it is expected that she will remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days, before returning home to continue her recovery.”


London Metropolitan Police has announced that there is “no credible evidence” the SAS was involved in the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al Fayed.

The Met had received material in August about Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed’s deaths in a 1997 Paris car crash, which reports suggested related to claims the military was involved.

However, police said that having conducted a “scoping exercise” there was no basis to open a criminal investigation.

A 2008 inquest found the couple had been unlawfully killed.

The car crash in a Paris tunnel occurred partly due to the “gross negligence” of the driver, the inquest ruled.

Reports in several British Sunday newspapers in August had suggested the new material had been passed to the police by an Army source.

A statement from the Met on Tuesday said its assessment included “taking statements from a number of individuals and reviewing records”.

Police found that there is "no credible evidence" the SAS was involved in the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed

Police found that there is “no credible evidence” the SAS was involved in the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed

It said the investigating officers were given “unprecedented access” to Special Forces Directorate records.

The statement continued: “Every reasonable line of enquiry was objectively pursued in order to fully evaluate any potential evidence.

“The final conclusion is that whilst there is a possibility the alleged comments in relation to the SAS’s involvement in the deaths may have been made, there is no credible evidence to support a theory that such claims had any basis in fact.

“Therefore the MPS are satisfied there is no evidential basis upon which to open any criminal investigation or to refer the matter back to HM Coroner.”

Dodi Al Fayed’s father, former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, was “disappointed but not discouraged” by the outcome, his solicitor Simon McKay said.

He called the scoping exercise “the latest whitewash in a 16-year cover up”.

Princess Diana, the former wife of the Prince of Wales and the mother of princes William and Harry, was 36 when she died alongside Dodi Al Fayed, 42.

Henri Paul was driving when their hired Mercedes crashed into a pillar in Paris’s Pont de l’Alma tunnel.

The crash happened after the couple had left the Ritz Hotel and were pursued by paparazzi on motorbikes. Dodi Al Fayed’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.

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