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Prince Harry and wife Meghan wish Kate health and privacy after cancer diagnosis

"We wish health and healing for Kate and the family, and hope they are able to do so privately and in peace," Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said in a statement.

Prince Harry and Meghan on Friday said they wished health and privacy for Kate, the wife of Harry’s elder brother William, on Friday after she announced she was receiving treatment following the discovery of cancer.

“We wish health and healing for Kate and the family, and hope they are able to do so privately and in peace,” Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said in a statement.

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Kate said the diagnosis “came as a huge shock,” in her message, which was filmed a few days prior at Windsor. She did not specify what type of cancer she was diagnosed with. “William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family,” she said.

“The princess is now on a recovery pathway having commenced a course of preventative chemotherapy in late February,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said.

Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the royal family has been fractured for years after they stepped back from duties in 2020. The couple has detailed accusations of racism and mistreatment from the British press and scant support from the royal family in media interviews.

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Harry’s relationship with his older brother and heir to the throne, William, ruptured, with Harry detailing a physical fight in an interview with “60 Minutes.” “He knocked me over. I landed on the dog bowl,” Harry said in the interview. “I cut my back. I didn’t know about it at the time. But, yeah, he apologized afterwards. It was a pretty nasty experience.”

After King Charles III  announced he had been diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment in February, Harry flew to the United Kingdom to visit his father.