Kate Middleton, who announced in a video message shot in Windsor on Wednesday that she has cancer and will start preventive chemotherapy, explained that the news came as a great shock and that she did her best to keep it secret for the sake of her family.

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"I AM FOCUSING ON THINGS THAT WILL HELP ME GET BETTER"

"It took us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that suited them and reassured them that I would be fine. As I've told them, I'm fine and I'm getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me get better. Having William by my side is a great comfort and reassurance. As is the love, support and kindness that so many of you have shown. This means a lot to both of us."

In the statement made by Kensington Palace, it was stated that details about what kind of cancer the Princess of Wales had or what stage the cancer was at would not be shared.