White House Addresses Kate Middleton's Cancer Announcement

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Catherine, Princess of Wales

The White House is sending well wishes across the pond to Kate Middleton, who revealed the news of her recent cancer diagnosis on Fri., March 22.

The Princess of Wales released a personal video message to announce that the abdominal surgery she underwent back in January later led to a cancer diagnosis. Middleton, 42, said she is now in the midst of undergoing preventative chemotherapy treatment.

Among those who have spoken out after the announcement to send their support to Middleton and the rest of the royal family is White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who shared a statement from Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon to send well wishes to Middleton on behalf of the White House.

"Our thoughts are with [Middleton] and her family members and friends during this incredibly difficult time," Jean-Pierre said in Friday's news briefing.

"We wish her a full recovery," Jean-Pierre continued, adding, "I think It's important that we respect their privacy, especially at this time."

Prior to the announcement of her diagnosis, Middleton had been the subject of incessant rumors and conspiracy theories online as to where she has been in recent months and if she was alive and well.

The public was told that she was still recovering from her abdominal surgery, though the extent of her condition was still unknown, as the princess herself was dealing with the "huge shock" of the cancer news.

Since finally sharing her diagnosis with the world, Middleton explained that she needed time out of the public eye to recover both physically and mentally while she "processed" the situation.

Middleton said that she, along with Prince William and their three young children, will need some "time, space and privacy" going forward as she completes her treatment and focuses on recovery.

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