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Kate and William are ‘enormously touched’ by outpouring of kindness after she bravely reveals cancer diagnosis

The Prince and Princess of Wales are both “enormously touched” by the outpouring of kindness from people across the world after Kate bravely shared the news of her cancer diagnosis.

The royal couple shared the update in a statement released tonight after Kate, 42, spoke about the “huge shock” of being treated for the disease.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a drive-in cinema with NHS Charities Together at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh to watch a special screening of Disney's Cruella. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
William and Kate say they have been ‘enormously touched’ by the show of kindness from people around the world
Joe Biden, Davina McCall, Joan Collins and Martin Kemp were just some of those who showed their support for the Princess of Wales

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “The Prince and Princess are both enormously touched by the kind messages from people here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world in response to Her Royal Highness’ message.

“They are extremely moved by the public’s warmth and support and are grateful for the understanding of their request for privacy at this time.”

US President Joe Biden was among the well wishers and said in a statement on X: “Jill and I join millions around the world in praying for your full recovery, Princess Kate.”

First Lady Jill Biden posted: “You are brave, and we love you.”

Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer praised Kate’s “incredible strength and poise” after her emotional video message was shared on Friday night.

You are brave, and we love you

Jill Biden

Dame Joan Collins said: “I think we’re all going to pray for her. And I think that she is going to survive. She’s going to come out of this feeling strong. She’s young.

“And I think that she was very, very brave to make the announcement herself. Very brave, very unusual for a while to do that. And I have great admiration for her as a woman as a person.”

Davina McCall shared an illustration of Kate with her three children on Instagram and wrote: “They’ve been through enough. Now let’s give them some space to recover.”

Martin Kemp shared a picture of his family when they met Kate as part of a short film about mental health and said: “Sending so much Kemp love to the Princess of Wales and all her Family.”

Foreign Secretary and former PM Lord David Cameron said in a post on X: “My thoughts go out to The Princess of Wales, The Prince of Wales and their three young children at this time.

VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visit the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders event at Kitsilano Coast Guard Station on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Justin Trudeau, left, pictured in 2016 with Kate, right, sent his support to Kate on behalf of all Canadians
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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 18: Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during Question Time at Parliament House on March 18, 2024 in Canberra, Australia. Question time began at 3.30 pm AEDT today and started with an affirmation of allegiance to be administered to newly elected Dunkley member Jodie Anne Belyea and a condolence motion for Senator Linda White. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)
Fellow Commonwealth head of government Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister of Australia, hailed Kate’s ‘extraordinary courage’

“The strength of the princess – speaking so frankly, with all the pressures of publicity and bringing up a young family – is remarkable and is rightly admired around the world.”

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said: “My thoughts are with the Princess of Wales, her children, and the entire Royal Family following the news of her cancer so courageously shared.

“On behalf of Canadians, I’m sending my support as she undergoes treatment.

We’re all wishing her a swift recovery.”

The Princess of Wales has shown extraordinary courage with her public

Anthony Albanese

The Australian PM Anthony Albanese said that his thoughts and the those of all Australians were with Kate after her shock cancer news.

He said: “The Princess of Wales has shown extraordinary courage with her public statement today, in which she expresses her concern for others.

“We are sending support and strength in this difficult time as she undergoes treatment, and we wish her well for a speedy recovery.”

French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on X yesterday: “In this difficult period you are going through, Brigitte and I wish you a full recovery.

“Your strength and resilience inspire us all.”

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to media at the end of an EU Summit in the Justus Lipsius building, the EU Council headquarter on March 22, 2024 in Brussels, Belgium. On 21 and 22 March, the European Council adopted conclusions on Ukraine, security and defence, the Middle East, enlargement and reforms, external relations, migration, agriculture, preparedness and crisis response and the European Semester. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron wished Kate a full recovery on X

Kate Garraway called the announcement “such tough heart breaking news” and said: “Sending love to Catherine, HRH Princess of Wales, and her beloved family and all those fighting for their health and those of their loved ones.”

Sky News presenter Kay Burley said on X: “Thoughts with Kate and her family & to all dealing with the spectre of cancer in their family.

“Especially my baby sister, Jacqueline, who has been stoic in her determination to take on a disease that claimed both my mother and grandmother.”

Timeline of Kate’s health battle & recovery

JANUARY 16: Kate is admitted to the London Clinic for abdominal surgery

JAN 17: Kensington Palace announce the princess underwent surgery

JAN 18: William spends time at Kate’s bedside

JAN 23: The princess’ hospital stay passes one week

JAN 29: Kate leaves hospital

FEBRUARY 27: Prince William pulls out of service last-minute due to ‘personal matter’, sparking wave of unfounded conspiracy theories about Kate’s health

MARCH 4: Princess pictured in the car with mum Carole on the Windsor estate

Mar 10: Royal posts a sweet snap of her and the kids for Mother’s Day – then fans started spotting flaws, and massive agencies put out ‘kill notice’ on photo

Mar 11: Kate admits she edited photo, and is snapped in car with William

Mar 16: Royal fans spot the princess at farm shop near Windsor

Mar 17: Onlookers see Kate watching her youngsters playing sport

Mar 18: The Sun exclusively published video of Kate and Wills from two days prior

MARCH 22: Kate bravely reveals in an emotional video that she was given a shock cancer diagnosis

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