Why Kate Middleton Isn't Sharing What Type of Cancer She Has

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Following news of Kate Middleton's cancer diagnosis, many are curious what type of cancer the Princess of Wales has—especially after rumors surfaced that Kate was possibly receiving treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, which Kensington Palace has since denied.

As Kate made her first public appearance of 2024 at Trooping the Colour, questions about her health remain, but the Palace will not be sharing any more details on her specific diagnosis. "We will not be sharing any further private medical information," a Kensington Palace spokesperson said earlier this year. "The Princess has a right to medical privacy, as we all do."

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This is in line with King Charles, who revealed his own cancer diagnosis in February. When announcing the King's cancer diagnosis, Buckingham Palace did not specify what kind, besides clarifying it was not prostate cancer. "His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer," the Palace said in a statement.

As Victoria Murphy noted in T&C, "In guidance to journalists, the Palace has also strongly emphasized the King’s right to and expectation of privacy when it comes to further details of his diagnosis. They have asked media outlets to refrain from speculation or investigation into what kind of cancer the King has or the treatment he is receiving."

The same goes for Kate's cancer diagnosis—Kensington Palace emphasized the Princess's right to privacy when it comes to her health and treatment. In a personal video message shared by Kate, she said, "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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