Kate Middleton's close friends have revealed that fans and admirers will have to wait to see her back in action.

The Princess of Wales withdrew from royal duties to focus on her recovery after being diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer earlier this year.

Fans of the Princess of Wales expected her to return to public life in the summer, but close friends have revealed that she is unlikely to return until the autumn.

According to Richard Eden, Kate is seeking medical clearance to resume her duties and responsibilities.

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He told the Daily Mail: "Friends I've spoken to in the last few days say we won't see Catherine again until the autumn and then only if she makes a full recovery".

Meanwhile, a source said: "Nobody wants to put pressure on Catherine. The only thing that matters now is her recovery. She has had a tough time this year.

"This is a reflection of Her Majesty's importance to the future of the monarchy; she has been given as much time as she needs," they added. 

Editor: David Goodman