Prince William announces return to public duties after Kate's cancer diagnosis

16 April 2024, 11:24 | Updated: 16 April 2024, 12:11

Prince William announced his first public engagements since news of the cancer diagnosis.
Prince William announced his first public engagements since news of the cancer diagnosis. Picture: Getty Images

By StephenRigley

Prince William has announced his first public engagements since news of the Princess of Wales’ cancer diagnosis.

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He will visit Surplus to Supper, a food redistribution charity, in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, and then a youth centre in west London which benefits from the organisation's deliveries.

Kensington Palace said the prince is undertaking this week's engagements to shine a spotlight on the organisation's community and environmental impact.

He will also lend a hand in the kitchen by joining the team of chefs as they prepare meals.

The Duke of Cambridge is to visit Surrey and west London
The Duke of Cambridge is to visit Surrey and west London. Picture: Alamy

The palace said protecting the environment for future generations is one of the Prince of Wales's "key priorities".

William's return comes after he and Kate spent most of the Easter holidays in Norfolk with their children George, ten, Charlotte, eight, and Louis, five.

William, 41, was last seen in public at an event tackling homelessness in Sheffield in March — three days before Kate's shock announcement.

The future king was also seen with his eldest son Prince George at an Aston Villa football game together, in their first public outing since the announcement.

William and George spotted in first outing since Kate’s cancer announcement

The family did not attend the Royals Easter Sunday service in Windsor.

There is no date for Kate's return.

Tomorrow, the Queen greets domestic violence survivors at Buckingham Palace.

Camilla, patron of SafeLives, will host four teens known as Changemakers.

The King, 75, who also has cancer, is resting at Birkhall, Balmoral, but has told aides he is “raring to go” and ordered them to supercharge his diary, after responding well to treatment.

In March, the Princess of Wales revealed her cancer diagnosis in an emotional video last month.

Tests after her pre-planned abdominal surgery found cancer had been present, with her now undergoing preventative chemotherapy.

Kate was praised by health leaders and charities following her video announcement.

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It comes the same day that Meghan Markle has unveiled the first product from her new lifestyle brand American Riviera Orchard with dozens of influencers being given an exclusive look.

Fashion designer Tracy Robbins and Argentine socialite Delfina Balquier were among those to receive a basket containing the Duchess of Sussex's new strawberry jam.

The new brand has launched ahead of Meghan's new cooking show on Netflix, which is set to show the former actress making the brand's products.

A new book and blog are also understood to be in the works alongside the Duchess' new business venture.

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