Kate, Princess of Wales, receiving chemotherapy after cancer found following operation

The Princess is in the early stages of treatment and says 'it has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family'.

Kate, the Princess of Wales, is receiving chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer following recent major abdominal surgery.

She delivered the news in a pre-recorded statement released on Friday.

The princess’ health has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks but Kensington Palace has said she has been recovering in private.

In her statement, Kate said: “I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, personally, for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding whilst I have been recovering from surgery.

“It has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them”

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“It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family, but I’ve had a fantastic medical team who have taken great care of me, for which I am so grateful.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous. The surgery was successful.

“However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present. My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment.

“This of course came as a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (C), accompanied by their parents the Prince William and Princess Catherine.Getty Images

“As you can imagine, this has taken time. It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment.

“But, most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be ok.

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“As I have said to them; I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits.

“Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance too. As is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both.

“We hope that you will understand that, as a family, we now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment.

“My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy and I look forward to being back when I am able, but for now I must focus on making a full recovery.

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“At this time, I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone.”

Kate underwent surgery at the London Clinic on January 16, but details of her condition have been kept private until now.

Kensington Palace previously said the 42-year-old future Queen was not expected to return to official duties until after Easter.

News of Kate’s chemotherapy treatment comes after Buckingham Palace previously announced King Charles had been diagnosed with cancer.

The disease was discovered after the monarch underwent treatment at The London Clinic for an enlarged prostate.

He was diagnosed with the condition on January 17 while staying at Birkhall, Aberdeenshire, and has been receiving treatment since.

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