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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say they hope Kate Middleton can heal 'privately and in peace' following cancer diagnosis

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say they hope Kate Middleton can heal 'privately and in peace' following cancer diagnosis
  • On Friday, Kate Middleton announced she has cancer and is undergoing "preventative chemotherapy."

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said they wish Kate "health and healing" in a statement to the BBC.

  • Prince William and Kate's relationship with the Sussexes has been strained in recent years.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released a statement about Kate Middleton's cancer diagnosis.

On Friday, the Princess of Wales said that she has cancer in an Instagram video shared with the public.

She said she is undergoing "preventative chemotherapy," which a Kensington Palace spokesperson said she began in late February. Kate did not specify what type of cancer she has or what stage it is, though she said she is "well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body, and spirits."

Shortly after the news became public, Harry and Meghan shared a statement with the BBC: "We wish health and healing for Kate and the family, and hope they are able to do so privately and in peace."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Harry and Meghan's relationship with William and Kate has been strained in recent years.

Rumors of a rift between the couples swirled for years, which Harry and Meghan confirmed in their 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey and their Netflix series, "Harry & Meghan." William reportedly cut contact with Harry after the series aired in December 2022.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry visiting Sandringham in 2018.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry visited Sandringham, England, in 2018.Samir Hussein/WireImage

Harry also detailed his tumultuous relationship with his brother in his January 2023 memoir, "Spare."

The last time the "Fab Four," as the two couples used to be known, appeared together was in September 2022, when they did a walkabout at Windsor Castle together following Queen Elizabeth II's death. A Kensington Palace spokesperson told The Times of London at the time that Prince William orchestrated the walk.

It's unclear if Harry and Meghan's statement about Kate indicates the ice has thawed between the in-laws. When Harry visited King Charles III following the latter's cancer diagnosis in February, he did not see William or Kate. But when ABC News' Will Reeve asked him if the king's cancer could have a "reunifying effect" on the royals, he said: "Yeah, I'm sure."

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