Celebrities and royal family members speak out after Kate Middleton's cancer diagnosis

Celebrities and royal family members speak out after Kate Middleton's cancer diagnosis
  • Kate Middleton announced Friday that she has been diagnosed with cancer.

  • King Charles, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released statements of support.

  • Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Ivanka Trump also posted messages about the Princess of Wales.

Royal family members, politicians, and celebrities expressed support for Kate Middleton after she revealed her cancer diagnosis in a video message on Friday.

After weeks of speculation about her health, Kate shared that doctors found cancerous cells during her abdominal surgery in January and that she has been undergoing preventative chemotherapy.

In response to the outpouring of support, Kensington Palace released a statement expressing gratitude, saying the Prince and Princess of Wales were "enormously touched."

"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," the palace statement said, per the BBC.

Here's how royals and celebrities are responding to the news.

King Charles, who has also been diagnosed with cancer, expressed support for his "beloved daughter-in-law."

Queen Camilla, King Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton
Queen Camilla, King Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton in 2023.Chris Jackson/Getty Images For Buckingham Palace

Charles and Kate were both hospitalized at The London Clinic in January.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told BBC News that Charles "remained in the closest contact" with Kate and that he and his wife, Queen Camilla, would "continue to offer their love and support to the whole family through this difficult time."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent wishes of "health and healing."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton in 2018.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

"We wish health and healing for Kate and the family, and hope they are able to do so privately and in peace," they said in a statement to BBC News.

Kate's brother, James Middleton, posted a heartfelt message on Instagram with a photo of them as children.

James Middleton and Pippa Middleton attend Charles' coronation
James Middleton and Pippa Middleton at King Charles' coronation in 2023.ANDREW MILLIGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

"Over the years, we have climbed many mountains together," he captioned a photo of them as children on Instagram. "As a family, we will climb this one with you too."

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak released a statement saying that Kate "has the love and support of the whole country."

Rishi Sunak
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.Leon Neal/Getty Images

In a statement posted to X, Sunak commended Kate for her "tremendous bravery" and wrote that the Princess of Wales had been "unfairly treated by certain sections of the media around the world and on social media" in recent weeks.

"When it comes to matters of health, like everyone else, she must be afforded the privacy to focus on her treatment and with her loving family," Sunak wrote. "I know I speak for the whole country in wishing her a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back in action when she's ready."

First lady Jill Biden wrote on X that Kate is "brave."

Kate Middleton and Jill Biden walking together.
Kate Middleton and U.S. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool / Getty Images

Biden echoed Sunak's statement in a brief post on X, pointing to Kate's courage amid her treatment.

"You are brave, and we love you," she wrote Friday.

Ivanka Trump wrote on Instagram that she was "deeply saddened" to hear about Kate's diagnosis.

Ivanka Trump and Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace in 2019
Ivanka Trump visits Buckingham Palace in 2019.MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

In a statement posted to her Instagram Stories, Trump called the rampant speculation around Kate's condition "disheartening" and urged the public to respect her privacy.

"Amidst the trial she faces, her strength and grace continue to shine brightly," Trump wrote.

The statement continued: "I hope for her swift and full recovery, and I look forward to seeing her continue to inspire and make a positive impact in the lives of others."

Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones sent well-wishes to the Princess of Wales.

Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Cannes film festival in 2023.
Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Cannes film festival in 2023.Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images for Campari

"Wales and the World is with you HRH Princess of Wales," she wrote. "Love to you always."

Princess Diana's brother praises Princess Kate

Charles Spencer in a blue suit poses in front of blurry orange background
Charles SpencerMax Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Charles Spencer, the younger brother to the late Princess Diana, reacted to Kate's video message on X.

"Incredible strength and poise," Spencer wrote on Saturday.

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