Princess of Wales Kate issues new statement ahead of Royal event

The Princess of Wales taken by Matt Porteous earlier this week in Windsor
-Credit: (Image: Matt Porteous)

Kensington Palace has provided a new health update on Kate Middleton's cancer treatment. The Princess of Wales announced in March 2024 that she was receiving treatment for cancer after undergoing abdominal surgery.

A statement released this evening (June 14), described as a 'personal message' from Kate, 42, stated that she was 'making good progress' and felt uplifted by the support she had received from the public. She also confirmed her participation in the Trooping the Colour to celebrate the King's official birthday this weekend.

A Palace insider reported that she is "doing well" and "very much looking forward to being with her family" during the King's birthday parade on Saturday, where she is expected to make an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Kate, who holds the honorary title of Colonel of the Irish Guards, had previously written to them to apologise for her absence and wish them luck, reports Wales Online.

However, Kate did confess to having difficult days and acknowledged that she is 'not out of the woods yet'. The specifics of the cancer have not been revealed, but Kensington Palace expressed confidence earlier this year that the princess will fully recover.

In her statement, Kate said: "I have been blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months. It really has made the world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times.

"I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days. On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well.

"My treatment is ongoing and will be for a few more months. On the days I feel well enough, it is a joy to engage with school life, spend personal time on the things that give me energy and positivity, as well as starting to do a little work from home.

"I'm looking forward to attending The King's Birthday Parade this weekend with my family and hope to join a few public engagements over the summer, but equally knowing I am not out of the woods yet. I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty.

"Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much needed time to heal. Thank you so much for your continued understanding, and to all of you who have so bravely shared your stories with me."

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In her heartfelt message to the nation, the princess also revealed that she hopes to attend some summer events as she feels able to and with the help of her medical team - but it is not at all a return to a full schedule. Royal insiders have indicated that any public engagements for the Princess will be contingent on her health at the time, ruling out appearances at the upcoming Order of the Garter ceremony or the Royal Ascot festival, events where other royals, including the King and Queen, are anticipated to attend.

Despite her absence from public view, she has been active behind the scenes, engaging in duties from home, such as reading and holding meetings, which bring her "joy". These sessions have involved discussions with her team at Kensington Palace, The Royal Foundation, and the Centre for Early Childhood.

The Prince has expressed his contentment at seeing The Princess immerse herself in the work and initiatives that matter to her, and he remains committed to supporting her and their children while fulfilling his own public responsibilities. A recent photo released, captured by Matt Porteous, showcases her affinity for nature, which has played a part in her convalescence.

Since January, both King Charles and Kate have faced cancer diagnoses, leading them to step back from their Royal engagements. King Charles has made a return to a reduced schedule of public appearances, including a trip to Normandy for the 80th anniversary of D-Day earlier this month.

However, Kate has been out of the public eye since March, when she shared news of her cancer diagnosis through a video message to the nation. In a video statement in January, Kate disclosed that following abdominal surgery in January, cancer was not initially suspected.

"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," she shared.

She began her chemotherapy in late February. The palace emphasised a policy of confidentiality on health matters and will not release further details, including the type of cancer.