Buckingham Palace releases statement from King Charles III following Princess Kate’s announcement

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: King Charles III departs after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate at The London Clinic on January 29, 2024 in London, England. The King has been receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate, spending three nights at the London Clinic and visited daily by his wife Queen Camilla. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON — King Charles III released a statement Friday through Buckingham Palace following the Princess of Wales’ announcement that she has been diagnosed with cancer.

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He said he is “so proud of Catherine for her courage in speaking as she did,” according to the statement, per The Associated Press.

The king said he has “remained in the closest contact with his beloved daughter-in-law throughout the past weeks,” following their time in the hospital together, The Guardian reported.

Buckingham Palace said that Charles and Queen Camilla “will continue to offer their love and support to the whole family through this difficult time,” the BBC reported.

On Friday afternoon, Catherine, announced that she is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer.

The diagnosis came after she underwent a planned abdominal surgery in January at the London Clinic. Officials did not immediately share details on the nature of the surgery, though they said it was successful and would likely keep her from public duties until after Easter.

Catherine did not say what form of cancer she was diagnosed with.

In early February, Charles announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer. A week earlier, he had undergone a procedure to treat a benign prostate condition.

Buckingham Palace did not immediately elaborate on the issue or the form of cancer that Charles was diagnosed with, saying the king “has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”

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