After Princess Kate made her cancer diagnosis public last week, Sarah Ferguson has now also spoken out. Prince Andrew’s ex-wife released a statement via Instagram with open and loving words for Kate. “All my thoughts and prayers are with the Princess of Wales as she begins her treatment. I know she will be surrounded by the love of her family and everyone is praying for the best outcome,” “Fergie” begins her post.

Ferguson recently had to fight her own “battles with cancer”. Last year she had to undergo surgery because of a breast cancer diagnosis. She was diagnosed with aggressive skin cancer in January. She has also been open about her illness since then and is therefore “full of admiration” for Kate and “for the way in which she spoke publicly about her diagnosis”.

She knows it will help raise awareness of this disease. She now wishes Kate and her family “the time, space and privacy to heal.”

Kate addressed the public with a lengthy video message on March 22nd. In it, she explained that she had been diagnosed with cancer following major abdominal surgery in January and was now undergoing treatment.

And also with her father-in-law, King Charles III. Cancer was discovered at the beginning of the year after prostate surgery. He was one of the first to respond to Kate’s video message: “His Majesty is so proud of Catherine for her courage to speak out the way she did.” Charles is also currently undergoing cancer treatment.