British Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson (“Fergie”), praised the way Princess Kate (42) dealt with her cancer. “As someone who has fought her own battles with cancer over the past few months, I am full of admiration for the way in which she has spoken about her diagnosis and know that it will do a lot of good to raise public awareness to strengthen,” the 64-year-old Duchess of York wrote on Instagram on Monday. She hopes that Kate will now be given time, space and privacy to heal.

Ferguson was diagnosed with aggressive skin cancer in January and underwent surgery for breast cancer last year. She was very open about her diagnosis. Cancer has now also been discovered in King Charles and Princess Kate – it is not known what types of cancer they are.

Kate announced to the public in a very personal video message on Friday that she had been diagnosed with cancer after major abdominal surgery in January. She has now started preventative chemotherapy. Kate asked that her privacy and that of her family be respected. At the same time, she encouraged other cancer patients not to lose hope. “To everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone,” she said.