Kate Middleton issues her first major update on new project since cancer diagnosis

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Kate Middleton has sparked speculation that she is getting on well with her cancer treatment, this week issuing her first major update on a new project since sharing her diagnosis -Credit:PA

Kate Middleton left many royal fans wondering if she was beginning a return to work this week as she shared a trailer for a new project to Instagram on Saturday in collaboration with Mental Health Week.

The Prince and Princess of Wales' official Instagram account released a short film about the mental health challenges which the UK's farmers face, which starred Love Island's Will Young and saw the royals pledge to offer mental support to farmers in rural communities.

This is the first project that Kate has been involved in since she revealed her cancer diagnosis, with the Princess taking time to recover following an abdominal surgery and to go through preventative chemotherapy.

Alongside the video, a caption read: "A conversation for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek showing just how important the Duchy of Cornwall’s Mental Health Strategy is.

"Sam and Will’s honest chat about farmers’ experiences with mental health highlights the positive outcomes that can be achieved with the right support, whatever form that might take. A farmer or not, we hope that you’ll be able to take something from this film, Sam’s incredible story and his conversation with @farmer_will_.

"@wearefarmingminds is being supported by the Duchy Mental Health Strategy to expand, helping more people in rural communities to access the support they need."

The move comes after Prince William provided an update on his wife, confirming that the princess is "doing well" while he was on a visit to a hospital on the Isles of Scilly.

During his trip to St Mary's Community Hospital, William was told about a new facility for health and social care that was being built near the hospital. He was also given a letter by matron Lynda McHale which had been sweetly written by her granddaughter, wishing Kate and King Charles the best in their cancer recovery.

When sharing the news with the public via a video posted online, Kate asked for understanding and privacy during her treatment. She also openly expressed that the diagnosis was a massive shock, and she and William "have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family".

It has not been confirmed when Kate will return to royal duties as she continues her cancer treatment. Meanwhile, her father-in-law King Charles resumed public duties at the end of April after he was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer in February.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales' official Instagram account released a short film about the mental health challenges which the UK's farmers face, which starred Love Island's Will Young

Earlier this month on 2 May, the royal couple celebrated their daughter, Charlotte's ninth birthday and marked the day by sharing a new photograph. The snap, which was taken by Kate, shows the little Princess posing in a navy blue jumper, maroon cardigan and denim skirt.

Alongside the image, which was shared on the couple's social media, a caption read: "Happy 9th Birthday, Princess Charlotte! Thank you for all of the kind messages today." This isn't the only occasion the Wales family have marked recently, as they also celebrated Louis' sixth birthday on April 23 and their own 13th wedding anniversary on April 29.