Princess Kate (42) and her husband Prince William (41) have expressed their appreciation for the many well wishes they received following the announcement of Kate’s cancer diagnosis. The prince and princess were “very touched” by the kind messages from people across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world, a Kensington Palace spokesman said.

“They are very moved by the public’s warmth and support and grateful for their understanding of their desire for privacy at this time,” said the statement, which was quoted by the British news agency PA.

After weeks of speculation about her health, Kate addressed the public in a video message. She had abdominal surgery in mid-January and has not appeared in public since. Tests after the operation revealed that there was cancer, she said in the video. On the advice of her medical team, she is receiving chemotherapy as a precaution.

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After the video message was published, many wished the daughter-in-law of King Charles III a speedy recovery. transmitted, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had assured Kate that the country was behind her. At the same time, he called for Kate to be given the same privacy on medical issues as other people.