Duchess of York discusses 'family unity' and 'forgiveness' amid Charles and Kate cancer treatments

Sarah Ferguson has spoken of both 'family unity' and 'forgiveness' as she attended the amFar Gala in Cannes
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The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, has given us an intimate gaze into the life of the royals and she's shed light on how vital it is to back each other up during hard times, hinting at the ongoing turmoil within the Royal family. At the amFar Gala red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2024, the candid royal, aged 64, spoke about the importance of familial unity and support.

She shared with PEOPLE: "I think family unity is key... I think the key to life is that we all support each other. And also forgiveness is a great thing. I think forgiveness of yourself, and forgiveness of others."

Sarah's statements were prompted when asked if she had been able to lend a hand in supporting King Charles, aged 75, and the Kate Middleton, 42, as they face their cancer diagnoses, which were shared earlier this year. The pair announced previously that they had begun treatment for undisclosed types of cancer, with King Charles beginning his journey in February and the Princess of Wales starting hers in March.

Despite both receiving ongoing treatments, King Charles has made a welcome return to his Royal duties much to the delight of royal fans, while Kate has rightly stepped back from her public role as she recovers at home. However, hubby Prince William has kept the people updated on her health, sharing that she's "doing well" in the most recent health update disclosed earlier this month, reports the Mirror.

Fergie recently had her own health scare when she was diagnosed with both skin and breast cancer. However, after undergoing a mastectomy, she's now doing well and has "put cancer in the corner."

"I think a lot of people get very frightened to talk about these things," the Duchess of York shared. "I'm very happy with my mastectomy and my breasts and just to talk about it."

Meanwhile, the Royal family is dealing with their own health issues here in the UK, and tensions with King Charles' youngest son Prince Harry are still high after the Duke declined an invitation to stay at a Royal residence during his recent trip to England. Harry briefly visited the UK earlier this month to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games but reportedly turned down an invite by King Charles to stay at a Royal residence while in the country.

Instead, Harry chose to stay at a hotel in London, leaving the Palace "blindsided", according to Royal biographer and editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward. The Telegraph reported that Harry rejected his father's invitation due to security concerns. This perceived 'snub' comes after a tense year for Royal relations following Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle's criticisms towards the Royal family in their Netflix documentary and in his memoir Spare.