"They are in this together, Kate and the King," said royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith

Princess Kate and King Charles Bond amid Cancer Diagnoses: ‘The Daughter He Never Had’

For the first time in the monarchy’s history, two senior royals are coping with cancer at the same time, and this could only strengthen the bond between the Princess of Wales and King Charles.

“He and she have always had a strong relationship. This week’s cover story features an exclusive interview with royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith, who says, “I don’t think it is presumptuous to say that she is like the daughter he never had.” “He feels the same urge to keep her safe as William does. Kate and the King are in this together.”

 

King Charles and Kate Middleton embrace at Royal Albert Hall in London on September 28, 2021
PHOTO: CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY

 

In a statement released on March 22, Buckingham Palace stated that King Charles, 75, was “so proud of Catherine for her courage in speaking as she did” in regards to her cancer diagnosis.

He and Catherine had a private lunch at Windsor Castle the day before Princess Catherine’s video went viral.

Said to be “two patients going through a common health experience,” in addition to being King and future queen, they “are bound to have a close connection… I’m sure Kate found some solace in realising that sharing some personal information was acceptable without having to reveal everything.”

The 42-year-old Princess of Wales’ announcement came after weeks of fervent conjecture on social media regarding her whereabouts and condition after undergoing abdominal surgery in January. The release of a picture by the palace for the UK Mother’s Day on March 10th, featuring Catherine looking radiant alongside her three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5, set off a chain reaction that intensified even further.

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King Charles in Scotland in June 2022; Catherine at Wimbledon in July 2023                                                         Photo: JANE BARLOW/WPA/POOL/GETTY; VISIONHAUS/GETTY

 

Catherine apologised and acknowledged “editing” the photo when major news outlets removed it after discovering it had been altered.

The infrequent error did nothing but feed the gossip trail. Then, on March 19, there was a disturbing report that claimed that personnel at the London Clinic, where the Princess of Wales underwent abdominal surgery, had made an attempt to obtain her medical records. The Prince and Princess of Wales were in the middle of a storm unlike any they had encountered before, as it soon became evident.

According to a former longstanding palace aide, “it unleashed a pent-up feeling that people wanted information—unfortunately, that’s the curse of being a modern royal.”

Princess Catherine’s health news was revealed after weeks of uncertainty and confusion, which contrasts sharply with King Charles’ prompt and unambiguous cancer announcement on February 5. Regarding the chaos, royal historian Amanda Foreman remarks, “This was the day that the royal family came crashing down to earth, and you realise they are just human beings.”

 

Queen Camilla, King Charles, Prince William and Catherine pose for a photo before the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on December 5, 2023   Photo: CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY

 

Prince William, 41, is devoted to his family despite the difficulties posed by the deaths of his father and wife to cancer as well as the ongoing stress surrounding his brother, Prince Harry.

William knows that he will be under a lot more pressure, but he has always known that. The former palace aide claims that “he has evolved to lead, and he is leading.”

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