New details on Princess Kate's health, treatment and more

CBS News
22 Mar 202436:56

Summary

TLDRPrincess Kate Middleton of Wales has revealed her cancer diagnosis and ongoing chemotherapy treatment in a CBS News special report. The revelation comes after months of public speculation and concern over her health following her absence from the public eye since Christmas. The Princess, aged 42 and mother of three young children, was previously believed to be recovering from abdominal surgery. The palace has not disclosed the type of cancer or the stage of her diagnosis, emphasizing the need for privacy and respect during this challenging time.

Takeaways

  • ๐Ÿ“ข Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy.
  • ๐Ÿฅ The diagnosis came after initial abdominal surgery, which was not initially thought to be related to cancer.
  • ๐Ÿ” The specific type of cancer and the exact timing of the diagnosis have not been disclosed to the public.
  • ๐ŸŒธ Kate Middleton's video announcement aims to clear up widespread speculation and rumors about her health and absence from the public eye.
  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ The decision to announce her diagnosis was timed to coincide with the Easter break to protect her children from media scrutiny at school.
  • ๐Ÿค The Royal Family, including King Charles, has expressed support and love for Kate Middleton during this difficult time.
  • ๐Ÿฅ Preventative chemotherapy suggests that the cancer was found early, and the treatment is aimed at eliminating any potential microscopic cancer cells.
  • ๐Ÿ“‰ The announcement has led to a shift in public sentiment from speculation to concern for Kate's wellbeing and recovery.
  • ๐Ÿค” There is speculation about the impact of this news on the Royal Family, especially considering King Charles' own recent cancer diagnosis.
  • ๐ŸŒ The media and public's intense interest in the Royals has led to a mix of genuine concern and insensitive rumors.
  • ๐Ÿ™ Calls for privacy and respect for Kate Middleton and her family have been made, as she navigates this challenging health situation.

Q & A

  • What is the breaking news from Kensington Palace regarding Princess Kate Middleton?

    -Princess Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, has revealed that she has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy.

  • When did the Princess of Wales undergo major abdominal surgery?

    -Princess Kate Middleton underwent major abdominal surgery in London, but the exact date is not disclosed in the transcript.

  • What was the initial public understanding of Princess Kate's health condition after her surgery?

    -Initially, it was publicly thought that the surgery was not related to cancer, but subsequent tests revealed the presence of cancerous cells.

  • How old is Princess Kate Middleton and what is her family situation?

    -Princess Kate Middleton is 42 years old and is the mother of three young children: Prince George (10 years old), Princess Charlotte (8 years old), and Prince Louie (5 years old).

  • What is the public's reaction to the news of Princess Kate's cancer diagnosis?

    -The news comes as a shock to the public, especially considering her young age and the fact that she has been out of the public eye for several months.

  • What is the significance of the timing of the announcement of Princess Kate's health condition?

    -The announcement was made during the Easter break when the children are out of school, allowing the family to reassure the children and process the news privately before it went public.

  • What type of treatment is Princess Kate Middleton undergoing?

    -Princess Kate Middleton is undergoing a course of preventive chemotherapy that started in late February.

  • Why was the public kept in the dark about Princess Kate's health for so long?

    -The palace wanted to protect the privacy of the princess and her family, especially the children, and to allow her the time and space to recover from surgery before sharing the news publicly.

  • How has the media been reacting to Princess Kate's absence from public events?

    -There has been growing speculation and concern about her health, with many rumors and conspiracy theories circulating on social media and in the press.

  • What is the role of Princess Kate Middleton in the Royal family?

    -Princess Kate Middleton plays a significant role in the Royal family, being involved with several charities and making meaningful public engagements, although not as frequently as some other members.

  • What is the general expectation regarding Princess Kate's prognosis?

    -While specific details are not shared, the fact that the cancer was discovered after surgery and that she is undergoing preventive chemotherapy suggests that it was found at an early stage, which is typically more curable.

Outlines

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๐Ÿ“ข CBS News Special Report on Princess of Wales' Health

Nora O'Donnell introduces a CBS News special report on the health of the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton. It is revealed that she has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. The announcement comes after much speculation about her health following her abdominal surgery in January. The report discusses the public's reaction, the palace's initial silence, and the impact on the royal family, especially her husband, Prince William, and their three children.

05:00

๐Ÿค” Speculations and The Princess' Absence

The paragraph discusses the public's intense interest and speculation regarding the Princess of Wales' health and absence from the public eye. It highlights the media's role in fueling rumors and the palace's efforts to protect her privacy. The discussion includes the challenges faced by the royal family in balancing public curiosity and the need for privacy, especially in light of the recent cancer diagnosis and treatment.

10:01

๐Ÿฉบ Medical Insights and Early Discovery

This paragraph features a medical correspondent, Dr. John Lauk, providing insights into the Princess' situation. He discusses the significance of early cancer detection and the potential implications of undergoing preventative chemotherapy. The conversation touches on the emotional impact of such a diagnosis on the patient and their family, emphasizing the importance of privacy and support during this challenging time.

15:03

๐Ÿ‘‘ The Royal Family's Response and Public's Appetite for Information

The focus shifts to the royal family's response to the public's appetite for information about their private lives. The discussion includes the palace's strategy for managing the disclosure of the Princess' health condition and the media's role in shaping public perception. The conversation also highlights the public's fascination with the royals and the delicate balance between transparency and privacy.

20:06

๐Ÿ“… Timing of Disclosure and Impact on the Royal Family

The paragraph delves into the timing of the palace's decision to disclose the Princess of Wales' cancer diagnosis. It discusses the considerations behind choosing to announce the news during the Easter break to protect her children from the media spotlight. The conversation also explores the potential impact of this disclosure on the royal family, particularly in light of King Charles' own recent cancer announcement.

25:07

๐ŸŒ Public Reaction and the Role of Media

The final paragraph examines the public's reaction to the news of the Princess of Wales' cancer diagnosis and the role of the media in shaping that reaction. It discusses the potential for a shift in public sentiment from speculation to sympathy and support. The conversation also touches on the responsibility of the media to handle such sensitive information with care and respect for the privacy of the individuals involved.

Mindmap

Keywords

๐Ÿ’กKate Middleton

Kate Middleton, also known as the Princess of Wales, is a central figure in this transcript. She is a member of the British royal family and wife of Prince William. The video reveals her diagnosis of cancer and her ongoing chemotherapy treatment, which has been a subject of public speculation and concern.

๐Ÿ’กCancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis refers to the identification of cancer in a person through medical tests and examinations. In the context of the transcript, it relates to the recent revelation that Kate Middleton has been diagnosed with cancer, which was discovered after undergoing abdominal surgery.

๐Ÿ’กChemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses chemical substances to kill cancer cells.

Highlights

Breaking news from Kensington Palace: Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, diagnosed with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy.

Initial abdominal surgery in London led to cancer discovery; Kate Middleton begins preventive chemotherapy.

The princess's health concerns grow after not being seen since Christmas; speculation about her well-being intensifies.

Kensington Palace requests privacy for the Princess of Wales as she undergoes treatment, emphasizing her need for time, space, and privacy.

Details of Kate Middleton's cancer type remain undisclosed; palace advises against speculation.

The timing of the announcement coordinated with Easter break to ensure the children are informed in a supportive environment.

Chief Medical Correspondent speculates on the nature of Kate's cancer and the implications of preventive chemotherapy.

Public and media's relentless pursuit for information on the Princess of Wales's health condition highlighted.

Palace's struggle with balancing public interest and privacy amid Kate Middleton's cancer treatment.

Speculation and misinformation about Kate's health condition criticized; calls for empathy and privacy.

Discussion on the impact of high-profile cancer diagnoses and the importance of early detection.

The royal family's approach to disclosing health information compared to past practices.

Analysis of public reaction to the news and the broader implications for the royal family's relationship with the media.

Experts weigh in on the potential psychological and emotional effects of cancer diagnosis on patients and their families.

Vanity Fair staff writer discusses the significance of this level of disclosure from the palace and its potential impact.

Transcripts

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we are coming on the air with a CBS News

00:03

special report I'm Nora odonnell in

00:07

Washington we have just learned some

00:09

breaking news from Kensington Palace in

00:11

London the Princess of Wales Kate

00:14

Middleton revealing that she has been

00:17

diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing

00:21

chemotherapy and now the dreaded news

00:24

from London and Kensington Palace that

00:26

the Princess of Wales has cancer as she

00:30

revealed there that she underwent major

00:32

abdominal surgery in London at the time

00:36

they thought it was not cancer they

00:38

released that publicly but now uh

00:41

Katherine is saying that in the tests

00:43

afterward they did discover that there

00:45

was cancer and that they have advised

00:48

her to undergo a course of preventive

00:51

chemotherapy that started in late

00:54

February you can only imagine uh what

00:57

this is like for a young mother she is

01:00

42 years old a mom to George 10

01:04

Charlotte 8 Louie uh 5 she has not been

01:09

seen since Christmas day that was nearly

01:12

3 months ago and at the time it was

01:15

thought that she was recovering from

01:17

this abdominal surgery but of course uh

01:21

in many days the speculation has grown

01:24

about her health the concern about the

01:28

Princess of Wales 4 2 years old and of

01:31

course her husband uh William who lost

01:34

his mother at the age of 15 Princess

01:38

Diana and of course the king undergoing

01:40

treatment as well now for cancer let's

01:43

bring in senior forign correspondent

01:45

Charlie Daga he is in London and Charlie

01:49

as we heard the princess say this has

01:52

come as a huge shock to them and I can

01:54

only imagine for the people there too

01:56

processing this news yeah well we just

01:59

got news just a few minutes ago that

02:01

this was going to happen it was a

02:02

2-minute 15 um presentation as it were I

02:06

was filmed two days ago uh as far as the

02:09

palace is concerned they've given us

02:11

some information they say she's in good

02:12

spirits uh she's focused on her recovery

02:16

uh she's hugely grateful to the medical

02:18

team uh for the the care that they're

02:20

providing she now needs time space and

02:23

privacy to complete her treatment and

02:24

make a full recovery so as you said we

02:26

don't know which cancer or when it was

02:28

diagnosed um or even when the treatment

02:31

began specifically and they told us to

02:32

stay away from speculation and guessing

02:35

those dates now as for the timing of the

02:37

announcement itself the palace told us

02:40

they wanted to wait until Easter break

02:42

and that's today when the children are

02:44

out of school um they wanted time to

02:46

reassure uh the children that she's

02:48

going to be okay and now they've just

02:50

asked uh for media to refrain from

02:52

chasing up further medical details and

02:55

to restrain from further speculation the

02:57

family may attend church on Sunday but

02:59

for any public events it's hard to know

03:01

when Kate's going to be back or when

03:02

she'll be given the green light I

03:05

understand that Kensington Palace has

03:07

given some information to reporters what

03:10

did the palace say when asked what type

03:12

of cancer this is yeah well I'm just

03:15

reading right off the statement that

03:16

they gave us he said once postoperative

03:18

tests have been completed and results

03:20

were reviewed uh as for guidance they're

03:22

not going to confirm specific dates and

03:24

they're asking the media not to

03:26

speculate so they really both what Kate

03:29

had to say the palace had to say are

03:31

both in line that it was not diagnosed

03:34

at the time of her abdominal surgery uh

03:36

it was since diagnosed but we don't know

03:39

when that diagnosis uh took place or we

03:42

don't know when the preventative

03:45

chemotherapy as they describe it began

03:48

but as you said you know there's been so

03:49

much speculation she's been out of the

03:51

public eye for so many months uh there's

03:54

questions about that image that was

03:57

released everybody's been worried really

04:00

um about uh her well-being so in one way

04:03

this will help clear up some of the

04:06

confusion but it's also going to raise

04:08

concerns here about her wellbeing Charli

04:10

dag AS stand by I want to bring in our

04:12

chief medical correspondent Dr John Leo

04:16

who joins us now and Dr leuk I mean this

04:19

is the worst news for anyone when they

04:22

learn about this themselves for their

04:24

family members and of course um princess

04:27

Katherine is so young 42 with young

04:30

children and of course she does have a

04:33

right to privacy when you read the

04:35

statement and what the palace has

04:36

revealed what were your thoughts well

04:39

first of all um it was a big surprise

04:42

because we had we had been told that it

04:43

was not cancerous and of course our

04:45

hearts go out to Kate and to her family

04:48

and and and all the people around her um

04:51

I will say there is one thing that you

04:53

know I wondered about specifics of

04:55

course what kind of cancer is it the the

04:57

devils are in the details um as a

05:00

gastroenterologist again they asked us

05:02

not to speculate but I do wonder about

05:04

the gastrointestinal tract um you know

05:06

the the colon or the small intestine and

05:08

less likely to me would be something uh

05:11

gynecologic but you always have to

05:13

consider that or even something else but

05:15

I will tell you something that was sort

05:16

of relatively encouraging to me Nora

05:19

which is they went in there and they

05:21

were

05:22

surprised after the fact so that's you

05:26

always want to find cancer in the

05:27

earliest stages they went in there to do

05:30

whatever procedure they were going to do

05:32

uh and they knew it was going to be some

05:33

prolonged recovery and in there when

05:36

presumably they were able to take a good

05:37

look they didn't see any evidence of

05:39

cancer and it was only afterwards when I

05:41

guess there maybe was an examination of

05:43

a specimen a surgical specimen that they

05:45

said oh there's some cancer here so

05:48

since you always want to find cancer in

05:50

the earliest stages whatever kind of

05:52

cancer it is to me that was sort of a

05:54

relatively good piece of news yes and

05:57

the palace did speak with reporters off

06:01

camera reporters did ask what stage of

06:04

cancer was it and uh they're not sharing

06:07

information about that stage of cancer

06:09

because they say the princess has a

06:12

right to privacy I do want to ask you on

06:16

that note because they said she began

06:19

preventive chemotherapy in late February

06:22

what does that mean well you know I'm

06:24

just going to give it for example for

06:26

example with colon cancer we don't know

06:28

that that's what this is but I'm going

06:29

to give that as an example if it's um

06:32

unless it's at the very very earliest

06:33

stages it's typical to give what's

06:35

called adivin chemotherapy which usually

06:38

you know at least here it can change

06:39

from place to place it's three months of

06:42

chemotherapy various combinations it

06:44

could be pills plus and IV um and the

06:46

idea is well maybe there are some tiny

06:49

microscopic cells somewhere and we don't

06:52

want to give them a chance to grow up we

06:53

want to nail them right now when they're

06:55

when they're not yet you know clumped

06:57

together and growing into big masses so

06:59

it when you talk about preventive it's

07:01

not really it's really treatment right

07:04

so it's a confusing term but you're

07:06

preventing the uh growth of whatever

07:09

microscopic cells are out there uh in

07:11

the future and let me ask you about that

07:13

if you're undergoing just generally

07:15

speaking that type of preventive

07:17

chemotherapy how does it affect someone

07:19

you know it it can certainly you know

07:21

make you tired it can have side effects

07:22

for sure but I just got off the phone uh

07:25

with a cancer expert uh from NYU landone

07:28

Health where I'm a professor of Medicine

07:29

and he said yeah it can be a rough 3

07:31

months or so let's say for example um

07:34

but then people tend to have a 100%

07:36

recovery afterwards in terms of getting

07:37

their strength back and getting back to

07:39

normal function so I'm you know I'm an

07:42

optimist a realist too I wish I had more

07:44

information but I understand her desire

07:46

for for privacy and uh look the fact

07:49

that it was found so early and that they

07:51

kind of tripped on it they were

07:52

surprised by it uh even though we're

07:54

shocked by it and she was shocked by it

07:56

in the big picture it's actually

07:57

relatively encouraging that it was found

07:59

so early and we're doing that balancing

08:01

act as we always do right we really

08:03

don't want to speculate we want to

08:04

respect her privacy but they're coming

08:06

out and saying it's cancer and I think

08:08

you know cancer is a terrifying word to

08:10

people and my own personal feeling is

08:12

the more information that you would have

08:14

here the more more Assurance you can

08:16

give to people and including her

08:17

children and other people that look yes

08:20

it's cancer it was a terrifying word

08:22

much more terrifying I think 30 40 years

08:23

ago but there are so many treatments

08:25

there's so many great ways of taking

08:27

care of it there can be excellent

08:28

prognosis and if we knew more we may be

08:30

able to say boy this prognosis really is

08:33

quite good of course I don't want to be

08:35

poana here it's a serious diagnosis but

08:37

I think U the more information we would

08:40

have the better context we could all put

08:41

it in Charlie why is the palace only

08:45

sharing this information now yeah well

08:48

that was the question that came out in

08:49

the very very short briefing before this

08:51

was released and it says here from the

08:54

palace the princess wanted to share this

08:55

information when she said she and the

08:58

prince felt it was is right for them as

09:01

a family once again I told you this is

09:02

the Easter break right so it means that

09:04

the the family can come together there

09:06

will be a break from the kids having to

09:07

go back to school uh so they wanted to

09:10

be able to to reassure the children as

09:12

you mentioned there um it was important

09:14

for her Royal Highness have the time and

09:16

space to come to terms with their

09:17

diagnosis to recover from surgery and

09:19

then begin and I repeat it again the

09:21

pathway to recovery those are the words

09:23

that they're using uh the children had

09:25

been the priority they wanted to be able

09:27

to tell the three children when the time

09:28

was right allow them to understand and

09:30

process the news before it went public

09:32

so now as I said the children now away

09:34

from school on the Easter holidays Royal

09:36

highnesses feel it's the right time to

09:37

share this update and once again they're

09:40

asking for understanding for putting the

09:43

children's needs before the public this

09:45

is a a good place to ask you Charlie

09:47

about sort of the appetite for

09:50

information uh Charlie if you're with us

09:52

still um you know as Holly points out it

09:56

is not an Apples to Apples comparison uh

09:59

when you talk about for instance the the

10:01

Hollywood celebrities that Holly's

10:02

mentioning and then the Royals who have

10:05

obviously clearly very different roles

10:08

in our our respective societies but in

10:10

terms of just the Public's uh desire for

10:14

information there can you give us a

10:16

sense of what that's like uh what is

10:18

that appetite for information about the

10:20

Royals like it it has been Relentless

10:24

voracious and it's been that way for a

10:27

few months and it's been building up so

10:29

let me me remind you of that timeline so

10:31

Kensington Palace confirmed the Princess

10:32

of Wales left Hospital on January 29th

10:35

now 2 months ago uh according to this uh

10:38

she began treatment late February uh the

10:40

prince the prince of Wales had to pull

10:42

out of a memorial service for his

10:44

Godfather on the 27th then came that

10:46

photoshopped photo and they had to

10:49

explain that they had to apologize the

10:51

princess apologized herself for it so in

10:54

the meantime there's been this buildup

10:56

of where's Kate what's going on with

10:58

Kate is Kate okay we knew she had major

11:01

abdominal surgery and it's it's it's a

11:05

curiosity uh the uh social media hasn't

11:08

helped at all because as Holly said you

11:09

know the number of conspiracy theories

11:11

that we've seen about this and it may

11:13

just be of course they wanted to deal

11:15

with it on their own especially when it

11:17

comes to their children which they want

11:18

to be very protective of and William

11:20

very protective of Kate but it might

11:23

stand to reason that the the demand to

11:26

know what's going on may have forced

11:28

them to say look we finally have to come

11:30

clean with this it wouldn't have been an

11:32

easy decision to make and you saw how

11:34

uncomfortable she looked doing it um

11:37

yeah it's a tough thing you know this is

11:38

a family at heart and but the the

11:41

British expectations the tabloids in

11:44

particular nearly every single day

11:47

they've been going after it was this a

11:49

sighting of Kate and why isn't she

11:51

making a public appearance what is the

11:53

palace trying to hide so this is the

11:56

kind of demand for information and yes

11:59

they are public figures but there it's

12:01

also a private family dealing with as

12:04

John laug said you know the Big C and

12:07

that's that's a tough one yeah and and

12:10

let me ask you Dr lauk uh you know on

12:13

that point um it is impossible to

12:16

imagine I think for most people what

12:18

that white hot Spotlight of attention

12:21

must feel like at any given time where

12:23

Charlie is talking about one's every

12:25

move is being sort of scrutinized the

12:29

absence of your of of you being out in

12:32

the public is something that is very

12:33

much noticed can you just talk uh from

12:36

your own experience treating patients

12:38

who have been diagnosed and their

12:40

families the emotional impact that that

12:43

can have because uh as Charlie was

12:46

saying as Holly was saying you know this

12:48

is a wife this is a mother in addition

12:50

to being Katherine the Princess of Wales

12:53

uh she is a person who must be dealing

12:57

with the tremendous personal emotional

12:59

weight of not only her title but then

13:02

her role in her own family right I'm not

13:05

surprised that Holly with her enormous

13:08

emotional intelligence and

13:10

compassion pointed out first that she is

13:13

a human being this is a human being she

13:16

is a mother she is a person so yes the

13:20

public wants to know this maybe it's a

13:22

teaching moment we'd like more details

13:24

uh the doctor and me the optimistic

13:27

doctor in me thinks wow it was found

13:30

early if we knew a little more maybe

13:31

people would feel better if we could

13:33

explain exactly how it happened what was

13:35

that initial surgery and all of those

13:36

details but then there's the person

13:39

she's a human being

13:42

and you you think about the word empathy

13:45

here right because what I see with

13:47

patients who go through anything it

13:49

could be by the way open heart surgery

13:51

it could be major abdominal surgery it

13:54

could be suddenly finding out they have

13:55

cancer that you're in that fight flight

13:57

mode at the beginning you're

13:59

adrenaline's going your cortisol is

14:00

going you got to do this that and the

14:01

other thing and then you're sort of on a

14:03

better path and things may be you may be

14:04

recovering and then literally I've had

14:07

patients 2:00 in the morning bolt up in

14:09

the bed in a cold sweat weeks or months

14:12

later and be surprised by the thought of

14:15

oh my gosh that happened you know that

14:18

was a bullet that just went by my head

14:19

even if you if if it turned out fine and

14:22

then we all know that there's mortality

14:24

we all know that someday we're going to

14:26

die but there is that little thought

14:28

maybe maybe I am the first person who's

14:31

not going to die there's you know

14:33

especially younger people think that so

14:35

that first brush with mortality if

14:38

that's what this is um I don't know what

14:41

happened to her in her life before then

14:42

but that can be very

14:45

destabilizing and I think I would love

14:48

for I would if I could have a wish I'd

14:51

love for everybody to back off give her

14:52

her privacy let her recover there's

14:55

going to be a medical surgical recovery

14:57

recovery from the surgery in the w

14:59

wounds there but there's going to be a

15:00

longer psychological recovery and that's

15:03

going to be very difficult to do Under

15:05

the bright lights um Holly I'm curious

15:08

about uh obviously as this news begins

15:12

to sort of permeate right because it is

15:14

now evening uh in London um what would

15:18

we expect to see in terms of other

15:22

potential disclosures of information now

15:25

that we have had some kind of you know

15:27

very um in some ways specific but in

15:29

some ways leaves other questions

15:31

unanswered um statement is there

15:34

potentially um you know followup any

15:38

kind of other I mean do we have a sense

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I suppose this is Uncharted Territory

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it's a really interesting point though

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Ela I mean as you know as I think we all

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know the British royal family has this

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strange fractious uh relationship with

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the media but in particular the Tabloid

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media the kind of powerful tabloid