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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Katie Couric and More React to Kate Middleton's Cancer News

Among those who expressed their condolences are Olivia Munn, Katie Couric and Rishi Sunak, the prime minister of the United Kingdom

<p>Karwai Tang/WireImage</p> Catherine, Princess of Wales attends day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2023 in London, England.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales attends day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2023 in London, England.

Kate Middleton's cancer news is being met with heartfelt reactions from celebrities, royals and prominent figures.

The Princess of Wales, 42, announced on Friday that she is undergoing preventative chemotherapy for cancer. The news follows Kensington Palace's announcement in January that she underwent a "planned abdominal surgery."

Kate said in the video, "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."

Her news resonated with many, including Olivia Munn, who recently disclosed her own diagnosis of breast cancer. Munn commented, "Thank you for showing what it’s like to fight with grace and determination for yourself and for your family. Wishing you all the best."

Former Today show anchor Katie Couric, who battled breast cancer in 2022, expressed her support by liking the royal's video on social media.

Meanwhile, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones wrote on Instagram, "Wales and the World is with you ♥️ HRH Princess of Wales. Love to you always."

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In addition to the support from Prince William that Princess Kate spoke about in her video, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that King Charles, who is undergoing cancer treatment himself, is "so proud of Catherine for her courage in speaking as she did."

King Charles and Princess Kate were both hospitalized at The London Clinic in January, and the monarch has "remained in the closest contact with his beloved daughter-in-law throughout the past weeks."

James Middleton, the royal's younger brother, also supported the Princess of Wales in a sweet Instagram post that included a throwback photo of them together.

"Over the years, we have climbed many mountains together. As a family, we will climb this one with you too," he wrote.

Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, also took to X to share his reaction to Kate's health update.

"My thoughts are with the Princess of Wales, Prince of Wales, the Royal Family and in particular her three children at this difficult time," he wrote. "The Princess of Wales has the love and support of the whole country as she continues her recovery. She has shown tremendous bravery with her statement today."

<p>Karwai Tang/WireImage</p> Catherine, Princess of Wales attends day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2023 in London, England.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales attends day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2023 in London, England.

"In recent weeks, she has been subjected to intense scrutiny and has been unfairly treated by certain sections of the media around the world and on social media. When it comes to matters of health, like everyone else, she must be afforded the privacy to focus on her treatment and be with her loving family," he continued, pointing to speculation and conspiracy theories about her health and whereabouts circulating online.

Sunak continued, "I know I speak for the whole country in wishing her a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back in action when she's ready."

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Westminster Abbey, where Princess Kate wed Prince William in 2011 and where she has hosted several royal events since, shared on social media: "Everyone at Westminster Abbey wishes The Princess of Wales well following the news of her cancer diagnosis."

"The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, said: "In the face of this news, it is our hope that Her Royal Highness will feel sustained by the love that surrounds her and find renewed hope in the prayers that we offer."

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, added, "My prayers are with The Princess of Wales, The Prince of Wales and their children at this tremendously difficult time. I join the whole country, and the world, in praying for her full recovery. I take this opportunity to praise her for her spirit of optimism in the face of such difficult news, and am pleased to hear that she is feeling stronger every day. Her bravery in sharing in this way and her continued commitment to supporting others speaks to her compassion and sense of service. Please join with me in praying for The Royal Family as they deal with this private matter, and I would urge people to respect their privacy at this time."

<p>Stephen Pond/Getty</p> Kate Middleton on Christmas 2023

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Kate Middleton on Christmas 2023

The Rugby Football League, of which Kate is the royal patron, said on X: "The RFL, and all in our sport, send our support and best wishes to our Royal Patron Catherine, Princess of Wales, @KensingtonRoyal, and all her family and friends. We’re right behind you."

Wimbledon posted, "The thoughts of everyone at the All England Club are with our Patron HRH The Princess of Wales, HRH The Prince of Wales and their family at this time. We wish The Princess of Wales the very best as she takes the time she needs to make a full recovery."

The Scouts sent their well wishes along with a photo of the Princess of Wales during an engagement with the group. "On behalf of all Scouts, we wish HRH Catherine, Princess of Wales a full and speedy recovery at this challenging time for her and her family," they captioned the image. "The Princess is an inspiration to our movement and a constant champion for young people. We are grateful for her continuing service."

Meanwhile, Evelina London posted, "We would like to send our very best wishes to our patron The Princess of Wales and her family at this difficult time."

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