Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Address Kate Middleton's Cancer Diagnosis

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are sending love Kate Middleton's way.

Following the news that the Princess of Wales had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing preventative chemotherapy, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their heartfelt support for their sister-in-law and Prince William.

"We wish health and healing for Kate and the family," Harry and Meghan, who stepped back as senior royals from their duties in 2020 and now live in California, said in a statement to E! News, "and hope they are able to do so privately and in peace."

Kate shared the news of her diagnosis in a March 22 video message detailing her health journey the last few months.

"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," she said in her first official appearance since undergoing abdominal surgery in January. "It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family."

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The 42-year-old explained that at the time of the procedure, her condition was thought to be non-cancerous, but further testing found that 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," she continued. "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 Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William
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She also noted that it has take time for her to recover from the initial surgery, and to find the right way to adequately explain everything to her and William's children: Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5.

Kate's health update comes less than two months after her father-in-law King Charles III shared his own cancer diagnosis.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
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Still, as Kate undergoes treatment, she's shared optimism about her journey ahead.

"I am well and getting stronger every day," Kate said in her March 22 statement, "by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits."

Keep reading for more well-wishes Kate has received since her announcement.

Shannen Doherty

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Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Olivia Munn

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Angie Harmon

<p>Angie Harmon</p>

"We are praying for your full & complete recovery & for strength of mind, body & spirit for you & your entire family," the Rizzoli & Isles alum commented on Kensington Palace's video of Kate. "Thank you for your beautiful spirit & courage."

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The media personality, fiancée of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, commented on the post as well, writing, "Sending love."

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

<p>White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre</p>

Speaking at a press briefing following news of Kate's health battle, she said their thoughts are with the princess "and her family members and friends during this incredibly difficult time," adding, "certainly we wish her a full recovery."

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Charles Spencer

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

<p>Meghan Markle & Prince Harry</p>

King Charles III & Queen Camilla

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U.S. First Lady Jill Biden

<p>U.S. First Lady Jill Biden</p>

"You are brave," President Joe Biden's wife wrote on X, "and we love you."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

<p>Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau</p>

"On behalf of Canadians, I’m sending my support as she undergoes treatment," he wrote on X. "We’re all wishing her a swift recovery."

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