According to a close friend, Kate Middleton’s cancer diagnosis came as a surprise to several of her nearest and dearest

Today’s update comes from a close friend of the Princess of Wales, as disclosed by PEOPLE Magazine, who confessed to being taken aback by the news.

On Friday, March 22, Kate made a video appearance confirming her recent, widely-publicized absence, attributing it to her battle with cancer. Following abdominal surgery in January, the mother-of-three learned of the cancer during post-operative tests.

Naturally, the announcement reverberated globally, particularly poignant as King Charles is also battling the same illness.

Kate’s courageous video message followed weeks of intense speculation surrounding the Princess’s well-being and whereabouts.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London, initially believed to be non-cancerous,” Kate explained. “However, subsequent tests revealed the presence of cancer. Consequently, my medical team recommended a regimen of preventative chemotherapy, which I’ve now commenced.”

Despite the unwavering support of her nation, family, and friends, it’s been suggested that Kate couldn’t inform all her loved ones about her diagnosis to prevent media leaks.

According to PEOPLE Magazine, select close friends and confidants were unaware of Kate’s cancer, with one friend describing it as “shocking.”

“It was quite a jolt,” the friend remarked.

A former palace aide further emphasized the tightly-controlled dissemination of information.

Recent reports suggested that even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were initially excluded from the circle of those informed before Kate’s video release, though conflicting reports suggest they were briefed with a stern warning of confidentiality.

One can only imagine the emotional turmoil Kate faced in grappling with her diagnosis and navigating disclosure to family and friends, not to mention the daunting task of informing the public.

As per reports, Kate and her family will spend the upcoming weeks together during the children’s Easter school break. While Prince William will resume his royal duties post-break, Kate’s return to official engagements, initially slated for after Easter, will be contingent upon her medical team’s clearance.

“The Princess will resume her official duties once medically cleared,” a palace spokesperson confirmed on Friday. “She remains resilient and focused on her recovery.”

In solidarity with Kate Middleton during this challenging period, our thoughts and prayers are with her. Feel free to leave a message of support in the comments.

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